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“Coronavirus Response: Building a Future that Reimagines Systems for Justice”: Our upcoming webinar
While we still do not know the full scale of the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on our communities, our grantees, our artists and educators, we know recovery requires reimagining systems that center collectivity and racial equity.

Join us on Tuesday, June 16, at 2p ET/11am PT for a 90-minute webinar featuring Randy Engstrom (Seattle Office of Arts & Culture), Sharnita C. Johnson (The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation), Dana Kawaoka-Chen (Justice Funders), and Justin Laing (Hillombo, LLC). These funders and PSO leaders will talk about what is necessary to reimagine systems, power, and practice in response to this pandemic and the ongoing crisis of racial inequality.

Details and registration here.
A Conversation Between GIA President & CEO Eddie Torres and Chair Ted Russell
In this rich exchange between Ted Russell, GIA board chair, and Eddie Torres, GIA President & CEO, they discuss the future of arts grantmaking and the coronavirus pandemic while encouraging grantmakers to fund flexibly to support grantees in these challenging and shifting circumstances. Read here.
From the GIA Reader
In “How to Talk to Your Neighbor About Gun Violence: Invite them to an art opening,” part of the GIA Reader, Vol 31, No 1 (Winter 2020) issue, Melissa Fondakowski discusses how meeting the challenges of the gun violence epidemic requires “changing the way people talk about gun violence, heal from it, and build equity in their communities” and how the Robby Poblete Foundation bets on art as an strategy to get there. Read here.
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News from the Field
Funders and Nonprofit Leaders Ask Congress to Mandate Higher Payout Rate
A group of philanthropic and nonprofit leaders is asking Congress to increase the mandatory payout rate for private foundations and donor-advised funds (DAFs) to 10 percent, to help address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic…
A City Rethinks its Arts Grants Program in Light of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Newark had created its first arts grant program, the Creative Catalyst Fund, and an art space initiative to fill up to five city-owned properties. Three months later, the art space initiative was put on hold as city officials and the nonprofit Newark Arts retooled the grant “to respond to needs of the local arts community in light of COVID-19,” as Next City recently reported…
Relief Funding in Real Time
We are just two of the many partners involved in the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund (AIRF) effort that set sail in March. What follows is a glimpse into this work-in-progress from our vantage points at 3Arts and the Walder Foundation, along with some of our shared observations…

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