Call for Sessions: 2024 GIA Conference

Conference Overview

Grantmakers in the Arts is thrilled to welcome you to Chicago for our 2024 Conference! The GIA Conference is the largest annual convening of arts funders and the most comprehensive opportunity for our colleagues in the field to learn from each other. We greatly value the experience, ideas, and programs that members share and the field at large. We are actively reflecting on the successes and lessons learned from the San Juan conference to implement continued, high-quality experiences for immersive learning and network strengthening for the 2024 conference.

GIA seeks to explore the rich cultural landscape and historic architecture of the windy city, comprised of 77 unique and vibrant neighborhoods. We aim to inform our attendees of the city's deep-rooted struggle with racial segregation and the legacy of institutionalized redlining, while also highlighting the incredible work and innovative artistic practice of local organizers and organizations that challenge these unjust practices.  

Join us October 6 – 9, 2024 in Chicago, to reunite with the GIA community and continue to propel an equitable philanthropic agenda.

Submission Considerations 

  • Conference Location: Swissotel Chicago, 323 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
  • Dates: Sunday, October 6 – Wednesday, October 9, 2024
  • Session Submissions: Sessions may only be submitted by GIA members
  • Proposal Deadline: EXTENDED to Friday, April 26, 2024 at 5pm EDT
  • Notifications: Late June

How to Propose Conference Sessions

  1. Review the GIA Conference Session Guidelines for information about types of sessions, session priorities, and other important guidance for a successful session proposal submission.
  2. Log in to your account on the GIA website and select the 2024 Conference Proposal Form link on the left. Submit the form no later than Friday, April 26, 2024 at 5pm EDT. For assistance with user accounts, click the Create new account or Request new password links on the login page or contact the GIA team at
  3. After the conference committee has selected the sessions, we will contact session organizers individually to ask for more details. The GIA team and conference committee will work with session organizers, as appropriate, to identify any local resources needed.