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Introducing Denver Keynotes: Wednesday
Wednesday Breakfast Plenary
On October 16, the last day of our annual conference, Cultural Intersections, GIA is proud to feature Motus Theater, Bryan Stevenson, and Agnes Gund.
  • Bryan Stevenson is an acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned.
  • Agnes Gund launched in June 2017, the Art for Justice Fund in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to support criminal justice reform in the U.S.
  • Motus Theater presents a special version of JustUs, an autobiographical monologue performance created between Motus’ artistic director, Kirsten Wilson, and formerly incarcerated individuals about their experience with the criminal justice system.
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Eddie Torres Shares His Newest President’s Blog
In his most recent blog post, “Building a Racial Equity in Arts Funding Community of Practice,” Grantmakers in the Arts President & CEO, Eddie Torres, discusses our second Racial Equity in Arts Funding workshop, this one for the greater Seattle grantmaking community with over 30 funders, and emphasizes how “more than a platform for learning — GIA is a community of practice for learning.” Read here.
“Beyond the Grant: Supporting communities through alternative economies” webinar
GIA encourages funders to increase their support for arts and culture both directly and through other efforts and portfolios. As we know from foundational research from Helicon Collaborative, “cultural funding continues to become less equitable.” However, while funders continue to make shifts in their grantmaking practices to counter this, GIA has been exploring new means of transformational change beyond traditional grantmaking structures. But what does it look like to invest in communities outside of the traditional 501(c)(3) model to foster a healthier racial justice ecosystem?

Join us on Tuesday, September 24, to hear from Courtenay A. Barton, program manager, Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation; Stephen Caviness, program officer, Workforce and Social Investments, The Cleveland Foundation; and Mike Roque, executive director, Community Foundation of San Luis Valley. They will discuss alternative economies, social impact investing, and sustainable change. Details and registration here.
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News from the Field
When Women Lead the Giving Circle Movement
Giving circles, as Ms. Magazine reported, are usually created by women and/or members of ethnic minority, LGBTQ or other marginalized groups—those who typically hold a lesser share of power and money in the U.S. — though many open their doors to anyone with common values. And, according to the magazine, women make up most of their members…
Ethical Storytelling’s Pledge to Rethink Storytelling in the Social Impact Space
A pledge by Ethical Storytelling, a community of practitioners “engaging the messy yet beautiful conversation around storytelling in the social impact space,” seeks to focus the lens on the “how,” not just the “what” of the stories we encounter in the work we do, writes Rachel Goble, co-curator of Ethical Storytelling, in a recent post published in the blog of the Center for Effective Philanthropy…
Funding Restored to Alaska State Council on the Arts
In July, funding for the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) was eliminated using a line-item budget veto in a decision by governor Mike Dunleavy, who took office in December. Alaska lawmakers fell short in attempts to override the vetoes, explained AP…
Lessons on Listening and Reshaping Narratives in Philanthropy
Family Pictures USA, a new show on PBS, that highlights local history and heritage, has relevance for philanthropy, as a piece at The Chronicle of Philanthropy points out. “At a time when foundations are being urged to listen more keenly to grantees and their ultimate beneficiaries, show host Thomas Allen Harris offers a master class”…
National Council on the Humanities Welcomes New Members
The National Endowment for the Humanities announced recently that sixteen prominent humanities scholars and advocates have been confirmed to the National Council on the Humanities…

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