GIA Blog

Posted on June 4, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

"Artists contribute artistically, economically, socially, and culturally within our communities. By engaging public consciousness and discourse, artists can and do catalyze social change," writes Vickie Benson, McKnight Foundation's Arts program director, as she prepares to step down from the foundation at the end of June.

Posted on June 1, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

For the month of June, GIA’s photo banner features work supported by Peter Kiewit Foundation.

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

"Unsung heroes, school music teachers create magic every day. They deserve our undying gratitude." A post celebrates the school music teacher and the importance of this figure in an integral arts education.

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (ZYEP) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing healthy summers and futures for Zuni children in New Mexico. In a three-part series of articles, Indian Giver tells the story of ZYEP "and how it has fostered relationships and leveraged funding to grow from hosting one small camp to becoming an artistic landmark and a formal hub for the Zuni artist community."

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, was named the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, effective June 16.

Posted on May 23, 2019 by Eddie

A version of this essay will be published in the June/July edition of the Grantmakers in Health (GIH) bulletin, aligning with this year’s GIH annual conference on June 12-14, at which GIA will present the work of the Center for Arts in Medicine at University of Florida, The Kresge Foundation, and artist collective Harriet’s Apothecary.

Posted on May 22, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

In an audio recording from the Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society’s Blueprint for Belonging project, an interview called “The Battle of the Narratives: Organizing for Transformative Change,” shed light on issues facing 21st century social justice movements.

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

In a recent blog post, Living Cities -a collaborative of foundations and financial institutions working to close racial gaps- shares the lessons they have learned from Racial Equity Here, an initiative that supports five cities committed to improving racial equity.

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

When he was 23, photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell became the first black photographer to shoot in 2018 the cover of Vogue magazine. (His subject was Beyoncé.) Mitchell’s first solo exhibition, “I Can Make You Feel Good,” on view at Foam in Amsterdam, is for the artist "an affirmation of certain autobiographical aspects of my blackness," as he told The New York Times.

Posted on May 17, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Five dance companies were selected to participate in Momentum, a new three-year initiative from South Arts, to build their capacity regional and national touring. Over the course of the program, according to South Arts, each company will receive professional development, residency opportunities, and touring grants to fund their work.