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Next Webinar: Addressing Accessibility in Arts Funding Programs, Events, and Materials
GIA’s next webinar (Tuesday, 11/14) will focus on Addressing Accessibility in Arts Funding Programs, Events, and Materials. Accessibility barriers that impact individuals with disabilities and older adults are often invisible to funders developing and managing grantmaking programs and grantee events. In this session, Anne Mulgrave with Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Raz Rifkind with Chicago Community Trust, and Betty Siegel with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will discuss why accessibility is a social justice issue for arts philanthropy and how to identify and reduce barriers to access in funding programs, events, and materials. For the deaf and hard of hearing, live captioning will be included in this webinar.
GIA Transition Update: Now Hiring in New York
Changes are underway at GIA as we work to relocate our national office from Seattle to New York City in 2018. Applications are now open for several staff positions at the New York office under the leadership of GIA’s incoming President & CEO, Eddie Torres. Over the next several weeks, GIA will share regular updates with members reporting on the progress of our transition.
New from the GIA Reader: The Kidnapped Children of Detroit
GIA Reader, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Fall 2017)
The latest issue of the GIA Reader includes an essay by Detroit writer and storyteller Marsha Music. “The Kidnapped Children of Detroit” tells the story of “white flight” in 1960’s Detroit and the racial dynamics that have shaped the city’s past and present. Marsha Music reflects on her personal experience as a Detroit native and offers a hopeful message as the city continues to change today.
New GIA Member
GIA is pleased to introduce our newest member, Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Providence, RI. Welcome!
Mississippi Arts Commission
News from the Field
Arts and Culture in Dangerous Times: Rip Rapson’s Address to the 2017 GIA Conference
At the closing plenary of the 2017 GIA Conference, Rip Rapson spoke on how The Kresge Foundation has reasserted its values and called on arts funders and cultural workers to continue to put their own values into action…
Lara Davis: What will you risk?
Day 2. The scene: A passionate conversation with fellow conference attendees over breakfast. We are grateful for this time together to eat free food, consume coffee, hear from more local artist activists and cultural workers, and begin reflecting on some of the learning that defines our conference experiences over the last few days…
Lara Davis: Counter Narrative is the TRUTH
If you didn’t already know, the Idea Lab is hands down my favorite thing about GIA Conferences. (If there’s any doubt, just see my previous conference blog posts.) No shade to the sessions, which undoubtedly convene a stellar array of peoples and perspectives, creating space for needed critical learning and dialog…
Lara Davis: Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy
“Nothing about us without us is for us.” This proverb, popularized by South African disability and youth activists, served as the introductory frame for the daylong precon, Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy. These words were presented by facilitators as a challenge to the ways in which institutions may approach racial equity…

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