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Catch up with the 2019 Conference Blog Posts
Whether you were part of the 2019 GIA Conference: Cultural Intersections or you didn’t get a chance to come, read reports from our annual convening on the official conference blog written by critic Ray Mark Rinaldi and journalist Bree Davies.
“After the Story, Comes the Critique: Funders leading narrative change efforts” webinar
Critics, like storytellers, have a powerful role in contextualizing narratives. They can uniquely intercede with a counter story, offer deeper historical exposition, or highlight an alternative shared experience while advocating for silenced voices. In this webinar we’re interested in exploring what’s possible when the critics voice is from the ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) community, their impact upon the field, and what role funders can play.

Join us as we close GIA’s narrative change series with this webinar on November 12 at 3pm EDT/11am PDT with Chi-hui Yang (Ford Foundation) and Elizabeth Méndez Berry (The Nathan Cummings Foundation). They will lead discussion on media critique, speak to their collaborative project Critical Minded, and share how funders can lead narrative change. Details and registration here.
House of Representatives Passes Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act
The United States House of Representatives passed the Dignity in Aging Act on Monday, October 28, which will reauthorize the Older Americans Act with additional provisions for arts access and arts education resources. This law represents the primary dedicated Federal funding to support seniors through home- and community-based services. Read here.
“I Already Fund ALAANA Arts Organizations—Now What?” Webinar
GIA is committed to addressing structural inequities and increasing philanthropic and government support for African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) artists and arts organizations. Creating racial equity statements and threading racial equity practices and policies into our work are concrete and important actions to take in order to achieve racial justice. However, there is more to it than that. Funders still need to keep the momentum going, delving more deeply into power structures, partnership, and resistance. But how?

Join us for this racial equity webinar on Tuesday, December 3, at 2pm EDT/11am PDT with Maurine Knighton (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation) and Lori Villarosa (Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity). In this webinar they will take us into a deep discussion on what funders can consider as they continue funding with racial equity at the forefront. Details and registration here.
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News from the Field
Equitable Evaluation: “Re-imagining a System that is Heavily Ingrained”
Two foundations, Kresge and the Oregon Community Foundation, that are testing equitable evaluation shared some of their experiences in a recent webinar on advancing equitable evaluation offered by the Associations Advancing Equitable Evaluation Practices…
Open Society Foundations Launches Program To Advance Diverse Artistic Practices
The Open Society Foundations announced recently the launch of its Culture and Art program, which “seeks to advance diverse artistic practices and strengthen locally-led cultural spaces around the world through grantmaking, capacity building, and convening power”…
Las Imaginistas and the Power of a Community Giving Itself Permission to Dream
Las Imaginistas is the kind of collective I dream of — rooted in community, non-hierarchical, daring in the challenges it is willing to take on for the greater good of community. At Sunday’s preconference panel, Christina Patiño Sukhgian Houle, co-founder of Las Imaginistas, brought us into the future-world she helped the border community of Brownsville, Texas…
Observation #5: Optimism rules
One of my favorite presenters was DéLana R.A. Dameron, founder of the fledgling Black Art Futures Fund. Here she was, speaking on a panel in front of people who represent philanthropic and government funding agencies that give out hundreds of thousands (or millions) of dollars a year…

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