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Welcome to the New GIA Fall Reader
GIA Reader, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Fall 2019)
Our Fall 2019 issue, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the GIA Reader, is now available online. This issue highlights funder activity across Colorado from incorporating deeper racial equity at the board level to collaborations with non-arts funders and perspectives from local spoken word artists on how philanthropy can change. Click here to read.
Webinar Alert: “After the Story, Comes the Critique: Funders leading narrative change efforts”
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 explore 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 next Tuesday, 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.
“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
A Call for Philanthropic Leaders to Lead on Racial Equity
Ben Hecht, president & CEO of Living Cities, a collective of 19 of the world’s wealthiest philanthropic and financial institutions, writes in The Chronicle of Philanthropy of their journey “to embed racial equity in our culture, which means becoming more accountable to the communities we serve and addressing the root causes of inequality”…
Accessibility in Philanthropy: “Takes a community”
“All funders across the philanthropic spectrum should work to ensure that the projects we fund are made accessible to people with disabilities,” states in a recent post Rachel Pardoe, program officer for Older Adults and People with Disabilities at The New York Community Trust…
Baltimore Museum of Art Hires Jessica Bell Brown as Associate Curator for Contemporary Art
To expand its contemporary art department, the Baltimore Museum of Art has hired Jessica Bell Brown and Leila Grothe as associate curators. They are joining a growing team of female curators at BMA led by chief curator Asma Naeem and fortified by senior research and programming curator Katy Siegel, reported Culture Type…
A Bronx Public School’s Fight for Hip Hop and Arts Education
New York City’s P.S. 55 Benjamin Franklin, the pre-K to fifth grade public school in the Bronx recently announced a partnership with the nonprofit hip-hop outreach Windows of Hip-Hop and luxury watchmaker Bulova “to build the first-ever recording studio within a New York school, along with creating a hip-hop curriculum,” Fast Company reports…

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