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Planning During a Time of Unknowns: 2020 GIA Annual Conference
Since early March, we at Grantmakers in the Arts have been navigating the coronavirus pandemic with patience and flexibility. Our first priority will continue to be the health and safety of our members and our staff.

While we do not yet know what the Fall will bring, we are hopeful that we will be able to gather – whether in-person or remotely – as we work toward a future we want, together.

Read here a message from our conference planning committee about planning our annual conference in a time of unknowns.
GIA’s May Member Spotlight
First Nations Development Institute is GIA’s May Member Spotlight. Through its Native Arts Initiative, First Nations Development Institute has awarded over $2.2 million to Native-led nonprofits and tribal programs since 2014 to help build and strengthen their traditional Native arts programming and organizational capacity. Read about their work here.
Grantmakers in the Arts Advocates for Life-Long Arts-Engagement
Grantmakers in the Arts is delighted that Congress has passed the Supporting Older Americans Act, including our recommendations that the Administration on Aging include the arts in the issues to be identified and addressed and be included among supportive services for older Americans. Read more here.
From the GIA Reader
In “Muddy” part of the GIA Reader, Vol 31, No 1 (Winter 2020) issue, Orlando White takes inspiration from the motion and cadence of Diné words, turning a word into a poem. Read here.
First Nations Development Institute
News from the Field
What You Gonna Do When the World is on Fire?
Earth Day 2020. I am sheltering in place in Minneapolis, MN, working from home. I have a Zoom meeting coming up on my calendar, but there’s time to squeeze in at least half of the Facebook Live event for Toshi Reagon’s concert version of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, produced by New York University Abu Dhabi…
The Importance of Redefining the Value of Art
Deborah Fisher, the founding executive director of A Blade of Grass, explores in an article in Artnet how the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown may present an opportunity to change how the art ecosystem functions…
Arts and Education Support During COVID-19
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the many cancellations and shutdowns happening in response to it. Working through a crisis isn’t easy, and we applaud our colleagues for persevering to keep equitable access to arts education a priority as we adapt to a new normal…
A Message from GIA on the Increased Frequency of Emergencies and Disasters
The national board of directors and team of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) extends our fellowship to all those impacted by our nation’s increasing emergencies and disasters…

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