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July’s Member Spotlight: United States Artists
For the month of July, GIA’s Member Spotlight is on United States Artists, an organization that believes in artists and their essential role in society. Read about their work here.
“From Appalachia to Alaska: Supporting rural communities and individual artists” webinar
While rural communities have common assets and challenges, not all rural communities are the same. Join us on August 11 to hear from Enzina Marrari and Roy Agloinga (Rasmuson Foundation), Stephanie Hyre (Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation), and Thomas Watson (Rural Support Partners). They will share what makes their communities and support unique, and what funders should keep in mind when supporting rural communities and individual artists in these communities.

Details and registration here.
“What’s the Forecast for Arts Education?”: A webinar
The impact of the pandemic leaves us no choice but to shift at alarming rates, and we are glad to have artists and other funders in the field share their findings and suggestions as we navigate this challenging time. Join us on August 18 to hear from Kimberly Olsen, executive director, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, and Alex Nock, principal, Penn Hill Group, as they discuss federal funding changes, how funders can respond, and what teaching artists are doing to assimilate into this new reality.

Details and registration here.
“A Pandemic, a Movement, and an Agenda for Change”
We close GIA’s Respond, Recover, Reimagine blog series where funders shared reflections and advice amid the coronavirus pandemic with Sharnita C. Johnson (The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation) and Randy Engstrom (Seattle Office of Arts & Culture), GIA’s racial equity committee co-chairs, reflecting on the importance of shifting power and resources to ALANNA communities and pushing for structural change. Read here.
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News from the Field
The Million Book Project: Literature to 1,000 US Prisons
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Yale Law School’s Justice Collaboratory announced recently an initiative to distribute a curated 500-book collection to 1,000 medium and maximum security prisons, including at least one juvenile detention center, across the United States over the next three and a half years, explains the press release…
A Reflection on What Can Funders Learn From Black Lives Matter
In a recent piece, Gary Stewart reflects on Forbes on Black Lives Matters and the importance impact investment and foundations operating within the scope of program related investments can have in this moment…
Shifting Communications Strategies and Racial Equity In the Midst of the Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic and the uprisings over police brutality and systemic racism have had a clear impact in communications in the philanthropic field, as a recent survey conducted by the Communications Network and Atlantic 57 has revealed…

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