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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.
Introducing New GIA Staff: Nadia Elokdah
Nadia Elokdah
Please join us in welcoming Grantmakers in the Arts’ incoming deputy director & director of programs, Nadia Elokdah. Nadia is currently special projects manager with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs coordinating the City’s monuments commission. Prior, she served as coordinator in the development of the City’s first cultural plan, CreateNYC. In this role she coordinated and led hundreds of engagements with a broad cross-section of the public, as well collaborating in the writing and production of the plan. Nadia is a trained architect and design strategist, researcher, professor, and published author. She is working with current deputy director & director of programs, Jim McDonald, through the immediate transition and joined GIA staff in supporting the recent conference in Detroit. We look forward to her joining the team full-time at the start of the new year.
New from the GIA Reader: Janet Brown in Conversation with Douglas McLennan
GIA Reader, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Fall 2017)
Douglas McLennan of ArtsJournal recently sat down for a one-on-one interview with Janet Brown, reflecting on her tenure at GIA and some important issues for the field of arts philanthropy today. Read Janet’s insights on changes and challenges in the field, capitalization, funding models, racial equity, and arts participation in the latest issue of the GIA Reader.
Member Spotlight on Mississippi Arts Commission
For the months of November and December, the photo banner on GIA’s website features work and artists supported by Mississippi Arts Commission. Established in 1968, and funded annually by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private funds, MAC provides grants, technical assistance, consultation, and networking to artists, arts organizations, and institutions providing arts education throughout the state.
Mississippi Arts Commission
News from the Field
Phillip Henderson to Step Down as President of the Surdna Foundation
In a letter to colleagues, Phillip Henderson announced his decision to step down from his role as president of Surdna Foundation…
Kenneth Rainin Foundation Awards $3 Million to Arts Real Estate Organization
Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced $3 million in additional funding for the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), an organization that protects San Francisco Bay Area arts and cultural organizations from displacement…
Robert Lynch on the Role of Artists in Civic Dialogue
A recent op-ed by Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch highlights partnerships between artists and local governments to “enhance awareness, knowledge, and discourse around issues; shift attitudes; promote effective participation and action; and improve systems and policies that ensure social justice”:…
Grantmakers in the Arts in Transition: Perspectives from Barry Hessenius
In a recent blog post, Barry Hessenius offers thoughts on GIA’s geographic and leadership transition…

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