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2018 GIA Annual Report Available
GIA 2018 Annual Report
Grantmakers in the Arts’ latest annual report takes a look at the highlights of 2018. You can view the annual report here.
Call for Nominations: GIA Board of Directors
Grantmakers in the Arts is seeking candidates to serve on our board of directors. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 31. To access the nomination form, log in to your GIA Account and click on Board Nomination Form on the left sidebar of the account page.

GIA is governed by a board of directors representing an extensive range of grantmakers. Board members attend meetings three times per year in addition to the conference and are active in recruiting members, developing policies and programs, and when appropriate, raising funds that support GIA’s service to the field. This year, four or five new members will be recommended to the GIA membership for election. New board members will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2020 and can serve two terms.
From the GIA Reader
In the Winter 2019 issue of the GIA Reader, in “The Role of Foundations in Achieving Creative Justice,” Antonio C. Cuyler addresses what role should foundations play in achieving creative justice and what behaviors do foundations practice that might undermine their efforts toward achieving creative justice. Read the piece.
Webinar Today: “Funding in Rural Remote Communities”
As we think about the unique challenges faced by various communities that are considered rural, funding practices often come packaged for a similar prototype while the term “rural” remains a descriptor for objectively remote communities and bustling cities alike. However, when we focus particularly upon indigenous and native communities in tandem with arts and culture funding, philanthropic practice can look very different.

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT to hear from Lindsie Bear, program director of Native Cultures Fund, Humboldt Area Foundation, and Reuben Roqueñi, director of National Artist Fellowships, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. They will share how they have seen supporting indigenous communities, both remote and rural, and they will offer suggestions for rural and remote arts and culture philanthropic practice for communities across the nation. Details and registration here.
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News from the Field
An Artist and his Commitment to Convey Black Beauty
When he was 23, photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell became the first black photographer to shoot in 2018 the cover of Vogue magazine. (His subject was Beyoncé.) Mitchell’s first solo exhibition, “I Can Make You Feel Good,” on view at Foam in Amsterdam, is for the artist “an affirmation of certain autobiographical aspects of my blackness,” as he told The New York Times
Momentum, an Initiative to Support the Touring Capacity of Southern Dance Companies
Five dance companies were selected to participate in Momentum, a new three-year initiative from South Arts, to build their capacity regional and national touring. Over the course of the program, according to South Arts, each company will receive professional development, residency opportunities, and touring grants to fund their work…
Art to End Cash Bail: Formerly incarcerated women sell artworks to free others behind bars
As part of Women in Reentry, a project of the People’s Paper Co-op , for months, formerly incarcerated women have learned to make paper from their shredded criminal records, coming up with sayings that reflect their experiences behind bars, and then collaborating with artists across the country to turn their words and images into art…
A Guide to Foster America's Rural Creative Sector
The guide Rural Prosperity through the Arts and Creative Sector: A rural action guide for governors and states tackles how a growing body of research shows that arts-based economic development can help communities to thrive. A collaboration between the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies…

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