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Introducing Denver Keynotes: Monday
Yo-Yo Ma
On October 14, the Monday luncheon plenary of the 2019 GIA Conference: Cultural Intersections will feature world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity. In August 2018, Ma began a new journey, setting out to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello in one sitting in 36 locations around the world.

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Grantmakers in the Arts’ Newest Members
GIA is pleased to introduce our newest members, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Nesholm Family Foundation, Camargo Foundation, and RedLine Contemporary Arts Center. Welcome!
Thursday: Don’t Miss GIA’s Twitter Chat on #NarrativeChange
As part of our first narrative change series, join us for a Twitter Chat this Thursday, 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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From the GIA Reader
In the Summer 2019 (Vol 30, No. 2) issue of the GIA Reader, in “Joyful Singing, Healthy Living: How community choirs benefit older adults and contribute to age-friendly cities,” Sylvia Sherman, Shireen McSpadden, and Julene K. Johnson write about the Community of Voices program, a cross-sector approach to a high-quality, culturally responsive, older-adult choir program designed to help reduce loneliness and increase interest in life for older adults. Read the article here.
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News from the Field
Four Foundations Acquire African American Photographic Archive
A consortium of four foundations — the Andrew W. Mellon, Ford, and MacArthur foundations and the J. Paul Getty Trust — recently announced the acquisition of a historic African-American photographic archive, pending court approval and the closing of the sale…
A Community Foundation Shifts the Power to Decide From Donors to the People They Serve
While some grantmakers “have moved toward the participatory model by bringing advisory panels on board,” the North Star Fund, which identifies as a social justice fund that supports grassroots organizing and communities building power in New York City and the Hudson Valley, has “turned over most of its grantmaking decisions to committees composed of activists and others from the neighborhood,” as a piece by The Chronicle of Philanthropy states…
“Museum Boards Must Move From Tokenism to Transformation That Only Meaningful Inclusion Can Bring”
Following the resignation of Warren Kanders from the board of the Whitney Museum of Art, after months of protests over his company’s sale of tear gas, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, wrote how this case reveals how “museums have become contested spaces in a rapidly-changing country.” Furthermore, Walker emphasizes that to engage diverse leaders, “museums should redefine the terms of trusteeship”…
NYC Cultural Agenda Fund: A collaborative effort to build an equitable arts ecosystem
The New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in The New York Community Trust brought eight foundations together to improve advocacy and equity in the arts sector…

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