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Conference Keynote: Maurice Cox
Maurice Cox
The Sunday luncheon plenary of the 2017 GIA Conference will feature Maurice Cox, planning director for the City of Detroit. Cox is a nationally recognized leader and educator in community-centered urban design, and has previously held positions as design director of the National Endowment for the Arts, associate dean for community engagement at the Tulane University School of Architecture, and mayor of Charlottesville, VA. Learn more and register for the 2017 GIA Conference.
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 videos from GIA’s Racial Equity Forum on Supporting ALAANA Organizations.
Hurricane Harvey: Information and Resources for Arts Funders
Grantmakers in the Arts has compiled a list of information and resources for members looking to support efforts surrounding Hurricane Harvey. The list includes contact information for arts funders in affected areas, links to resource lists, arts-related disaster relief funds, and news on affected arts organizations in Texas.
New GIA Members
GIA is pleased to introduce six new members that joined in August, Arts Education Partnership (Denver), City of Kansas City, Missouri Office of Culture and Creative Services, The MAP Fund (New York City), Meyer Memorial Trust (Portland, OR), Opportunity Fund (Pittsburgh), and Pop Culture Collaborative (New York City). Welcome!
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News from the Field
NEH Pledges $1 Million to Arts Organizations Hurt by Hurricane Harvey
The National Endowment for the Humanities announced plans to award $1 million in emergency grants to libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical hit by Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana with record-breaking rainfall and flooding. The National Endowment for the Arts also released a statement from chairman Jane Chu in response to the storm, on August 29…
How Museums in and around Houston Prepared for Tropical Storm Harvey
Along with being home to one of the most diverse populations in America, Houston and its surrounding areas also house a stunning accumulation of modern, contemporary and community-based art. How did museums throughout Houston and its surrounding area prepare for the Category 4 hurricane and the catastrophic flooding in its wake? And how are they dealing with, or preparing to deal with, its effects…
Houston Theatre District Damaged by Flood Waters
An article in the Houston Chronicle surveys the damage of Hurricane Harvey to cultural institutions in the Houston Theatre District: The gems of Houston's vaunted arts district have been swamped by floods from nearby Buffalo Bayou and face significant repairs, threatening the fall performance season that would have begun next week…

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