Steve's Blog

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Steve

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with Arlynn (Arni) Fishbaugh on funding in rural communities and what she has in store in retirement after 24 years at Montana Arts Council.

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “DataArts: Becoming the Agile Nonprofit,” Beth Tuttle, CEO of DataArts, details how the organization adapted its internal practices to the Agile framework to accelerate progress toward its strategic goals.

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Alexis Frasz, codirector of Helicon Collaborative, interviews Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Alexis Frasz, codirector of Helicon Collaborative provides a summary of GIA’s Arts and Environmental Sustainability Thought Leader Forum, which brought together arts and environmental funders to discuss cross-sector work.

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “Supporting Community Arts Leadership,” William Cleveland, director of the Center for the Study of Art & Community, discusses the importance of arts-based community development.

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “Shaping a Brighter Future: the Canada Council Transforms for the Next Generation,” Simon Brault, director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, writes about how the agency underwent institutional transformation with a new funding model and strategic plan to better serve a changing nation.

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “What Will the Future Look Like?: Generational Change in the Arts Sector,” Emiko Ono of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation discusses generational differences in the arts and culture workforce, from cultural values to working styles, and their implications on the future of arts leadership.

Posted on October 30, 2016 by Steve

Blogger Lara Davis posts her final thoughts on the 2016 GIA Conference:

My barometer for what makes a conference good is informed, in part, by GIAcon. The conference has a strong focus on power and privilege at the intersection of grantmaking. There are a lot of suits, but the dialog and introspection crack the veneer of professionalism, creating space for real talk, and accountability. “A Confluence of People, Cultures, and Ideas” is apt subtitling for this year’s GIAcon.

Read the full post.

Posted on October 26, 2016 by Steve

An article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “Advancing Racial Equity: Racial Equity Funders Collaborative in Minnesota”, discusses the formation and work of the Racial Equity Funders Collaborative, a group of Minnesota funders working to advance racial equity in arts philanthropy.

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Steve

2016 GIA Conference blogger Ebony McKinney wraps up her postings with final observations:

I can’t let go of the idea of space. It’s lingered with me since artist Barak adé Soleil brought it up at the Building Equity in Support for Individual Artists preconference. His unique perspective, that of a black, queer, cis gendered, disabled choreographer, underscored the layers of Tetris-like maneuvering he undergoes whenever attempting to cross a busy street, or other more philosophically constrained space. “What is the real way of grounding ourselves and opening the space?” he asked while advocating for both an awareness of physical space/hospitality and a “deepening complexity of identity.”

How can I become more aware of physical or language barriers to information or resources? What categories or characterizations limit expressiveness? How can I welcome work that links justice and beauty or tradition and innovation? In what ways, small and large, can I create inclusive platforms, move out of the way and support artists who then thrive?

Read the full post.