Carmen Graciela Díaz's Blog

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

In times when the conversation on how rent increases impact artists and communities' ties with their history, a post by the Northern California Grantmakers discusses how the Kenneth Rainin Foundation has tackled the question of how to make more of its dollars to assist organizations stay put as rents rise across the Bay Area.

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

For the month of May, GIA’s photo banner features work supported by the Creative Work Fund of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

This May, after five years, the art space 356 Mission in East Los Angeles will be closing its doors. But, as Nonprofit Quarterly wrote citing Hyperallergic, there were mixed reactions to the news. From artists, there was a sadness as they acknowledged the work the space has done for the arts and for its neighbors. And, with a very different reaction from community activists who “applauded the announcement as a victory against developers and the artists and galleries they see as their enablers and collaborators.”

Posted on April 27, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund (LMTIF) pledged $10 million in support of organizations using the arts to address health issues affecting New Yorkers, The New York Times reported.

Posted on April 26, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

In times when it is crucial that more Latinx individuals have a say in institutions that ultimately impact their community, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)’s Next Generation (NGen) Líderes Program is looking for 25 leaders "who want to contribute to the development of equitable philanthropy across the Americas."

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The "impact era" has more philanthropists framing their investments in decisions focused on having deeper social impact. According to a new piece in Forbes, this shift can be understood in relation to other impact-focused enterprises, and nonprofits are learning to refocus their strategies to maximize that impact.

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Drue Heinz, a cultural philanthropist and publisher of The Paris Review, died on March 30 of this year, and reflecting on her life evokes a career in favor of culture and the arts.

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

In moments when respect for cultural diversity feels even more urgent, a national grantmaking program called Building Bridges, by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA), works to foster understanding and engagement between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Issues black and brown communities faced in Austin through the 70s and early 80s, and parallels to current social issues, are the subject of the exhibit "Juntos/Together: Black and Brown Activism in Austin, Texas From 1970-83," on display through May 19 at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center.

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The U.S. spends more than $80 billion each year on prison systems and incarceration, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). By the close of 2010, America had more than 2.2 million people behind bars in state, local, and federal prisons, reports ACLU.

Through the Art for Justice Fund, an initiative that aims to reform the criminal justice system, the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors launched a writing fellowship - supporting PEN America - to address issues of mass incarceration.