What are we doing? Where are we going?
Melanie Beene will guide (and perhaps goad) us as we explore the sometimes competing interests raised through GIA's 2003 Field Inquiry. Where are the edges that distinguish our interests one from another? What are the lines that draw us together? How can GIA best use its resources on behalf of arts grantmakers so you, in turn, can strengthen the place of arts and culture in our communities? Between January and June 2003, GIA conducted a members survey and listened to members and other arts grantmakers in sixteen cities. After a brief report about what we heard, we will invite you to help us illuminate differences, identify common interests, and help set GIA's future directions.
Melanie Beene consults with arts organizations and foundations, and has been arts program officer for the James Irvine Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Last fall, as a GIA board member, she chaired the planning committee and kicked off the 2003 Field Inquiry. We welcome her back to challenge us as we imagine GIA's future.