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Guest Blog: Expanding arts courses opportunities for K-12 students
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced a new grant competition which would allow select States to expand access to arts courses in K-12 schools. See how this announcement may provide an opportunity for GIA members to encourage and/or partner with State Education Agencies (SEAs) to submit applications for this program and further drive the arts to reach students in underserved communities that experience a lack of equitable access to arts education. Read here.
From the GIA Reader
In “Are Cultural Organizations Recession-Ready?” part of the GIA Reader, Vol 31, No 1 (Winter 2020) issue, Rebecca Thomas tackles economic preparedness of cultural organizations in an article that, amid the coronavirus pandemic, is more important than ever. Read here.
This Week! “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 Thursday 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
Not Returning to “Normal”: Thoughts for the philanthropic field amid the coronavirus pandemic
In GIA’s March 19 webinar “Emergency Preparedness and Response: COVID19 and the Arts Ecosystem,” Caitlin Strokosch, president & CEO of the National Performance Network, reflected on the importance for the philanthropic field of not going back to “normal”…
Individual Wellbeing Is Critical to Organizational Wellbeing
As a major service organization for dance in the metropolitan New York City area, Dance/NYC had to move quickly to address the needs of all of our constituents when COVID-19 arrived in March 2020…
A $1 Million Emergency Relief Fund for Arts Organizations and Artists in Puerto Rico
The Flamboyan Arts Fund and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from Broadway Cares, launched a $1 million emergency relief fund to support individual artists and cultural organizations in Puerto Rico to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and culture sector in the island…

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