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New Podcast Series: Coronavirus response
Join us for part one of a two-part COVID-19 focused podcast series Coronavirus Response: Setting the frame. In this series, Deana Haggag (United States Artists), Lauren Hainley (Houston Arts Alliance), Tempestt Hazel (Field Foundation), and Vu Le (Nonprofit AF) join GIA to discuss how they are designing their rapid response efforts, what kind of equity lens can be utilized for greatest impact, and how to shift from short-term response to long-term recovery. Listen here.
From the GIA Reader
In “Investing in Creative People Power” part of the GIA Reader, Vol 31, No 1 (Winter 2020) issue, Erik Takeshita and Laura Zabel reflect on “creative people power” and how “fostering community well-being and creating opportunity for all people requires people-powered, community-led, asset-based, cross-sector approaches.” 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.
Center for Cultural Innovation
News from the Field
Revaluating “Normal”: Grantmaking During a Pandemic
The current crisis has necessitated that we — as with many of our colleagues around the country — reassess our “normal” way of conducting philanthropic business because these are not “normal” times. The crisis we are facing is of an existential nature — the very survival of our cultural organizations and artists is at stake…
Culture, Art, and Organizing in the U.S. South: A report on “the least well-funded region of the U.S.”
When the research started in 2017 for Freedom Maps: Activating legacies of culture, art, and organizing in the U.S. South, a new report from the Foundation for Louisiana, the authors could not have imagined our current reality…
To Bridge an Impossible Gap, be Responsive and Nimble
If you asked me where I would be on April 13, 2020, I would have described a fun-filled adventure staycationing with my familia in D.C. over Spring Break. Instead, I am sitting in my “command center” — the spare room in my basement — helping the arts navigate through the worst crisis in a generation. This is not what I had planned, or what any of us had planned. Yet, this is where we are…

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