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Today! “Reclaiming Narratives: Arts Advocacy and Cultural Policy” Webinar
“As 2020 ramps up, please advocate often and enthusiastically!” This is a call to action from GIA President & CEO, Eddie Torres’s latest blog. We are in a federal election year and it is important to clarify what is, and isn’t, within the boundaries of funders when discussing advocacy and lobbying. Join us today to hear from Abby Levine (Bolder Advocacy at Alliance for Justice) and Favianna Rodriguez (The Center of Cultural Power). They will offer a 101 on advocacy and lobbying practice for funders, and how funders and grantees can become more civically engaged to reclaim truth and proclaim justice. Details and registration here.
April Member Spotlight
This month, GIA’s Member Spotlight goes to the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI). Based in California, CCI recently launched its time-limited national initiative, AmbitioUS, which supports alternative economy models and new financial support systems that are for, by, and with artists and cultural anchors. Read here.
Respond, Recover, Reimagine: New blog series about funders’ response to coronavirus
As the coronavirus continues to spread and its impacts change our daily lives, Grantmakers in the Arts has begun a new blog series featuring reflections and advice from funders as they strategize the most effective ways to approach recovery and response efforts. While we cannot know how this crisis will impact the future of the field, in this GIA blog series, funders will explore immediate and long-term strategies. Posts will be updated regularly. Read more here.
“Reimagining the Economy with Innovative Support” Webinar
When we consider the economy, and specifically the arts economy, funders have continued to solely practice project-based funding. However, although we see a shift in the philanthropic sector towards granting more GOS funding in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, is that enough for artists to thrive? But if funders are to support artists holistically beyond projects (i.e. provide support towards real estate ownership, furthering education, etc.), how should funders be more strategic and forward thinking? Join us on May 7 to hear from Jeffreen Hayes (ThreeWalls Gallery), Angie Kim (Center for Cultural Innovation), and F. Javier Torres (Surdna Foundation). They will share how grantmakers can be forward-thinking about support for artist and arts organizations via a look at the arts economy and what needs to shift, as well as looking at innovative solutions to supporting artists. Details and registration here.
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News from the Field
University of Florida and ArtPlace Release COVID-19 Arts Response Repository
The University of Florida, supported by ArtPlace, a ten-year project to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development by supporting creative placemaking across the U.S., released of a COVID-19 Arts Response repository…
Looking Forward: An economic outlook after COVID-19
The last month has undoubtedly been nerve-wracking for all of us, as we worry about the health of those we care about, and the broader economic ramifications of COVID-19. Foundations that support the arts have watched grantees close their doors indefinitely, cut programs, and possibly lay off staff. Meanwhile, the importance of the arts has only been underscored in this moment of social distancing – evidenced by the breadth of content consumed online: from virtual museum tours, to opera in HD, and live-streamed conversations with creative visionaries…
CARES Act Funding to Support Arts Jobs and Help Sustain Arts Organizations
The National Endowment for the Arts announced guidelines to distribute funding to nonprofit arts organizations from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act "to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the spread of COVID-19," according to the announcement…

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