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Radical Imaginaries in Arts Funding: New racial equity podcast series release!
As we consider the present state of arts and culture philanthropy, we are at critical juncture and have an opportunity to build towards the “radical” new normal that underestimated communities deserve. Join us for two podcasts as we hear from Walidah Imarisha, writer, educator, poet; Lisa Yancey, entrepreneurial strategist and president, Yancey Consulting; Denise Brown, executive director, Leeway Foundation, and A. Sparks, executive director, The Masto Foundation, on how they are rethinking power, centering communities, and putting theory into practice. Click here to listen!
Webinar Alert: “From Appalachia to Alaska: Supporting rural communities and individual artists”
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.

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Webinar Alert: “What’s the Forecast for Arts Education?”
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 (NYC Arts in Education Roundtable), Alex Nock (Penn Hill Group), and Bahia Ramos (Wallace Foundation) as they discuss federal funding changes, how funders can respond, and what teaching artists are doing to assimilate into this new reality.

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Grantmakers in the Arts Board Ballot: Last week to vote!
If you are the primary contact for your organization, you should have received an email directing you to the ballot to vote for the GIA board of directors. Vote now! The GIA board ballot will close next Monday, July 27, at midnight EDT.
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News from the Field
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Announces Anti-Racism Grant Programs
Responding to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in the US, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation announced additional grantmaking actions both on COVID-19 and on combating racism, including three new anti-racism grants…
The Literary Arts Emergency Fund: $3.5 million for literary organizations and publishers
The Academy of American Poets, Community of Literary Magazine and Presses, and the National Book Foundation announced they established The Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which will provide $3.5 million to the literary arts, a field that, as the press release states, has been disastrously impacted by the coronavirus pandemic…
The Open Society Foundations Invest $220 Million in Racial Justice
The Open Society Foundations announced it was investing $220 million “to build power in Black communities, promote bold new anti-racist policies in U.S. cities, and help first-time activists stay engaged,” according to its website…

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