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The Making of Home with Immigrant Artists, Join the GIA Preconference
In “Code Switching: The making of home with immigrant artists,” part of the preconference sessions of the 2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Cultural Intersections in Denver, Colorado, grantmakers will learn about the innate diversity of immigrant experiences while bridging gateways for reciprocity and support systems. We look forward to presentations from artists including Denver-based poet and activist, Toluwanimi Obiwole, and other national and local stakeholders representing organizations such as Artadia, ArtPlace America, United We Dream, Art Space Sanctuary, and others.

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Special Events at the Denver Conference: Join us!
  • On Monday, Oct 14, conference attendees can join a screening of the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North with the film’s director, Katrina Browne, in discussion with Harold Field and Sharnita C. Johnson. In the documentary, Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film follows her and nine fellow descendants as they retrace the Triangle Trade, from New England, to Ghana, to Cuba, uncovering the vast extent of the North’s complicity in slavery, and grappling with questions of repair in the present day.
  • For all those who identify as ALAANA or POC at the GIA Conference in Denver, we are excited to announce a special convening on Tuesday, Oct 15 to gather, share, build, network, and decompress together in an ALAANA-only space. Conversation will be facilitated by Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA).
Register now for the 2019 GIA Conference.
Webinar Today: “Beyond the Grant: Supporting communities through alternative economies”
According to 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 today to hear from Courtenay A. Barton and Stephen Caviness (The Cleveland Foundation) and Mike Roque (Community Foundation of San Luis Valley). They will discuss alternative economies, social impact investing, and sustainable change.

Details and registration here.
News from the Field
“Charitable Deduction was Always Aimed Primarily at Benefiting the Rich”
“The way the charitable tax deduction is set up, lower-income Americans can’t really take advantage of it. Unless you earn a lot of money, it makes no financial sense to do your taxes in a way that lets you claim the charitable deduction,” states an article in Vox
New Grant Program Focuses on Artists Working with Social Change Organizations
The Arts and Activism (A&A) ColLABoration, a pilot project funded jointly by The CrossCurrents and Compton Foundations to support the work of artists in partnership with organizers and activist organizations, announced five projects that were awarded $30,000 to engage in arts-integrated organizing through themes of democracy, power, and freedom in the United States…
Sustainable Investing for Endowments and Foundations: Steps to consider
An article in Forbes offers ideas on approaches a resource-constrained endowment or foundation could take to develop a sustainable investing program…
Storytelling That Has the Power to Change Things
Boots Riley, the Oakland filmmaker, musician, and activist who wrote and directed the satire Sorry to Bother You believes in making art "that makes people understand that they have the power to change things…that’s what you can do with narrative”…

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