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This Thursday! GIA’s Twitter Chat on Arts and Recovery
Grantmakers throughout the field are strategizing how best to support their cultural communities in the midst of crisis now more than ever. Join us for a Twitter Chat on Thursday, August 6, at 2pm EDT/11am PDT to hear from Agnes Crespo (Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico); Erika Dickerson-Despenza (Blk feminist poet-playwright & 2020 Grist 50 Fixer); Kristy Drutman (Brown Girl Green); Eva Rosenberg (The Boston Foundation); and Grace Sato (Candid). They will discuss what the arts need in order to recover from unexpected crisis, and how can we ensure humans remain at the center of our approaches. Follow @GIArts on Twitter for the conversation using the hashtags #GIAArtsRecovery and #GIArts. Details here.
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.

Details and registration here.
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) and Alex Nock (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.
GIA Salutes Black Philanthropy Month
August is Black philanthropy month, a reminder to amplify funds and resources that explicitly center Black artists and cultural communities. Don’t miss GIA’s Black Arts & Cultural Funding and Justice Resource Hub.
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News from the Field
The Importance of Rest and Compassionate Labor
In a blog entry from Bhumi B. Patel, a member of the Dancing Around Race cohort in the San Francisco Bay Area, she makes the case for intentional rest to refocus the work that needs to be done in this moment in which there’s an “opportunity to change the trajectory of a system built and fostered by structures of white supremacy”…
Reimagining Making Change on Racial Justice: A call for philanthropists
“What risks are we in philanthropy and impact investing willing to take to make lasting change? Are we willing to continue to sacrifice the lives, livelihoods, and well-being of entire communities for the comfort of our well-polished theories of change?”…
A Report Examines the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
A new Race to Lead report, Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap, takes a look at the racial gap in nonprofit leadership…
New Report Delves in the U.S. South, the “Most Underfunded and Overlooked” Region
Freedom Maps: Activating legacies of culture, art, and organizing in the U.S. South, a new report written by Maria Cherry Rangel, director of Strategic Initiatives at the Foundation for Louisiana, and Ron Ragin, independent cultural worker, examines the state of artistic practice in the South and “the ways in which artists and culture workers are helping to build progressive infrastructure through social justice, and practitioners’ visions for the future.”…

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