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Early registration is open for the 2019 GIA Conference: Cultural Intersections in Denver, Colorado. Register before August 31 to benefit from our special discounted rate. This year’s conference will be held Sunday, October 13 through Wednesday, October 16, featuring over 40 sessions as well as inspiring keynote presentations and performances. GIA members will receive the first opportunity to register and a first look at the conference offerings before they are announced to the public. All GIA members are eligible for discounted conference registration. Register now for the 2019 GIA Conference.
From the GIA Reader
In the Summer 2019 (Vol 30, No. 2) issue of the GIA Reader, in “Contested Memory,” Hilary Malson, an urban geography and planning scholar, examines how the historical record “is constructed through active erasure and probed at the radical potential that imagination holds for charting black cartographies of freedom” and how two murals in Los Angeles demonstrate “how counternarratives are embedded in everyday urban landscapes.” Read the article here.
Narrative Change: Satire, Storytelling, and Unpacking Pop Culture
In GIA’s most recent podcasts, listen to how some social change agents challenge mainstream narratives through critique and satire not only in the funder network and in pop culture and beyond.

In the second podcast of this series, Zeyba Rahman, senior program officer for the Building Bridges Program, an extension of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; Josh Seftel, filmmaker and creator of “The Secret Life of Muslims” series; Hussein Rashid, professor in the Department of Religion at Barnard College; and Negin Farsad, Iranian-American writer and comedian who you can find on Netflix, HBO, and other media platforms, discuss with Nadia Elokdah, GIA deputy director & director of programs, their recent film The History of Muslims in the US, and how they have used creative methods for shifting narratives and culture as a strategy towards equity.

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Get Ready for GIA’s Twitter Chat
In Grantmakers in the Arts we seek to elevate the importance of changing narratives among arts and culture funders. As part of our first narrative change series, join us for a Twitter Chat on August 8 at 2pm EDT/11am PDT featuring Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations, Individuals with Dreams, Living Cities, and Ella Saltmarshe. We will continue to elevate the importance of narrative change among arts and culture funders on maintaining, interrupting, and re-imagining systems. Follow @GIArts on Twitter for the conversation using the hashtags #GIAnarrativechange and #GIArts!
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News from the Field
A Call for More Attention to Internships in Racial Equity Efforts
Internships need more attention in organizational DEI efforts, states a recent article in Stanford Social Innovation Review
Why Are POC leaders Leaving Their Executive Director Jobs (and What To Do About It)
Executive directors/CEOs of color are leaving their positions and, as Vu Le puts it in a recent blog post, this is an “urgent issue” that “will have serious implications for our sector”…
Project Uses Collaborative Mural-Making Process at New York City Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals’ Arts in Medicine program announced recently the selection of nine artists that will lead the community-based mural projects at eight hospitals across New York City. Patients, staff, and local community residents will join forces with these artists to create an integrated internal or external mural at these facilities…
“The Nonprofit Sector is Not Immune to the Ills of Racism”
Discussing a recent piece published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, in which 25 leaders share how “the nonprofit sector is not immune to the ills of racism,” Mark Levine writes that each of those interviewed has reached a position of power and influence but still faces “the challenge of being seen as alien or different”…

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