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Grantmakers in the Arts Selects Edwin Torres as New CEO
Edwin Torres
GIA announced last week the selection of its next president & CEO, Edwin Torres. Currently deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Torres will become GIA’s third CEO following a national search for a successor to current CEO Janet Brown. Read the full announcement.
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GIA Conference: Early Registration Rate Ends August 31, All Sessions Now Online
The deadline to take advantage of the early registration rate for the 2017 GIA Conference is Thursday, August 31. Beginning September 1, conference registration for GIA members will increase to $650.

The full list of sessions for the 2017 GIA Conference is now available online. This year’s conference includes 47 sessions ranging across a diverse array of topics including racial equity, nonprofit financial sustainability, funding collaborations, and more. Register today to secure your discounted rate.
Next Webinar: Arts Funding Programs for ALAANA Artists and Arts Organizations
The next GIA webinar, Arts Funding Programs for ALAANA Artists and Arts Organizations will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT. The explicit goal of Grantmakers in the Arts’ statement of purpose on racial equity in arts philanthropy is “to increase arts funding for ALAANA (African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists, arts organizations, children, and adults.” This webinar will feature programs by two public funders and one private funder that each direct their funding support to artists and arts organizations from historically underfunded identity groups within their geographic focus areas. Bushra Junaid from Ontario Arts Council, Dana Payne from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Tracie D. Hall from The Joyce Foundation will discuss how their programs developed, whom they serve, and how their programs are strategically used to help close the racial gap in arts philanthropy.

You may also be interested in GIA’s previously-recorded webinar series, Practices for Advancing Racial Equity in Arts Grantmaking.
New from the GIA Reader: Arts Education Impact Group
GIA Reader, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Summer 2017)
In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Stan Hutton of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation writes about the recent formation of the Arts Education Impact Group organized by Grantmakers for Education (GFE). Hutton notes that there is growing interest in arts education among GFE conference attendees, and that the newly formed group will promote understanding among GFE members about the benefits of a quality arts education. Read “Grantmakers for Education Forms Arts Education Impact Group.”
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News from the Field
Members of President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Resign in Protest
The remaining members of a presidential arts and humanities panel resigned on Friday in yet another sign of growing national protest of President Trump’s recent comments on the violence in Charlottesville…
MacArthur Foundation Awards $5.7M to Support Diversity for Documentary Filmmakers
The foundation says that $2.25M of that will be re-granted directly to independent film projects over three years, with remaining funds providing support for fellowships, workshops, training programs, and professional development…
Fair Wages for Artists Should be Arts Council Funding Requirement, UK's Labour Party Proposes
Arts Council England should only fund projects that pay performers at least the minimum wage, a major new report by the Labour Party has recommended…

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