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Reflecting on GIA’s Racial Equity in the Arts Funding Workshop: A new blog
Calandra Childers (Seattle Office of Arts & Culture) and Brian J. Carter (4Culture, King County’s Cultural Development Authority) share how a recent GIA Racial Equity in the Arts Funding workshop inspired a loose confederation of local funders “to further galvanize these cultural funding organizations around a shared understanding and commitment to racial equity.” Read here.
From the GIA Reader
In the poem “my father’s lesson,” part of the GIA Reader, Vol 31, No 1 (Winter 2020) issue, Mwende ‘FreeQuency’ Katwiwa starts powerfully: “Black father/ tells daughter/ that she is now/ Black.” Read here.
Blog Alert: A spotlight on NYC’s small arts organizations fighting for survival
The Center for an Urban Future sheds light on art organizations in the time of coronavirus with a new report in which we see numbers being accompanied by research and data that take the shape of the grantee’s voice. Read 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 our upcoming May 7 webinar 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
Pandemic Preparedness: Immediate and long-term relief for the arts community
The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER) and Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) — two services organizations supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — work to provide education, information, and links to funding resources for organizations in the arts community after all types of emergencies and disasters…
The Need to Remake the Philanthropic Model After Coronavirus
As arts grantmakers navigate the current stages of “a prolonged effort to stem the impact of COVID-19, many are already looking beyond the pandemic,” as Mike Scutari writes at Inside Philanthropy…
Coronavirus in Indian Country Information Hub
A page in Medium seeks to help Native Americans find actions and answers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Woestehoff, Navajo Tribal Citizen, compiled an information hub of agencies taking action as well as details on gaming facilities, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school closures, to tribal leader emergency declarations…

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