GIA Blog

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Janet Brown, recently retired president & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, discusses her work leading GIA for nearly a decade and the need for more racial equity in arts philanthropy in an interview with Barry Hessenius, author of the nonprofit arts Barry’s Blog.

“Our racial equity work is an on-going educational initiative. The systemic issues of inequities in arts funding will not be changed in a few years, just like racism won’t be solved in American society in the near future. But there is hope because the dialogue is different. GIA has taken a large step in using direct language and serving as a role model for our members regarding the systemic practices facing arts funding,” says Brown, reflecting on how GIA has made racial equity a core principle.

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced Ella Baff will step down in March from her position as Senior Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage to focus on new opportunities involving innovative arts and culture programs.

Baff joined the Mellon Foundation in 2015 to lead the newly formed Arts and Cultural Heritage program, which grants approximately $65 million annually to arts and cultural organizations in the US and abroad.

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The Kresge Foundation has announced the appointment of Tatiana Hernandez as senior program officer with the foundation’s Arts and Culture Program. Hernandez joins a Kresge team dedicated to helping community organizations bring creative placemaking into underserved low-income neighborhoods in cities across the US.

Hernandez also serves on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts, among other boards.

Posted on January 25, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

New Mexico has adopted the National Core Arts Standards which will ensure that public school students in grades K-12 have an opportunity to study at least one of five disciplines: dance, music, theater, visual arts, and media.

The change will also let educators teaching other subjects to weave those art elements into core classes, including math, reading, and social studies, announced Christopher Ruszkowski, New Mexico Public Education Secretary-designate.

Posted on January 25, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Facebook’s most recent algorithm change has sparked a conversation about its implications for publishers like nonprofit organizations. In a post published on January 11, the company said its News Feed will prioritize posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation, and “show less public content, including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses.”

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

John E. McGuirk, the recently retired director of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program, discusses arts philanthropy nowadays and where it is headed in an interview with Barry Hessenius, author of the nonprofit arts Barry’s Blog. “I believe the most significant change in arts philanthropy I’ve seen over the past two decades is the growing importance of cultural equity in grantmaking. This has its roots as far back as ‘multi-culturalism’ in the 1980s when I first entered the field. Racial equity is a more recent priority at the national level as articulated by Grantmakers in the Arts,” said McGuirk.

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) has announced Karl Blischke as its new executive director, succeeding Philip Horn, who is retiring from state government after leading the agency for 25 years of its nearly 52-year history.

Jeffrey Parks, chairman of the PCA, said he was “delighted that Karl is rejoining the agency, bringing with him important experience, especially regarding economic development programs.”

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Kenneth Taylor, former CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, shares his personal story on The Conversation calling for greater diversity of leadership on corporate and nonprofit boards, nationally.

Taylor discusses revealing data from a report by BoardSource, which notes that while “only 61.3 percent of Americans are white, about 84 percent of nonprofit board members are in that demographic group, along with 90 percent of nonprofit board chairs.”

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced that Emiko Ono is the new program director of the foundation’s Performing Arts Program. Ono has served as a program officer at the Hewlett Foundation since 2011.

"It is unusual, though not unprecedented, for the Hewlett Foundation to promote someone from our own staff to a leadership role. In this case, the choice became clear as we moved through an extensive, nationwide search process," said Larry Kramer, Hewlett Foundation president, announcing Ono’s appointment. "In addition to her deep knowledge of the Bay Area arts community and our own program, she is recognized as a national leader in arts philanthropy, and her name came up over and over again in conversations with colleagues both inside and outside the foundation as the ideal candidate for this position."