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Webinar Today! “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 today 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.

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“Culture is Power, and it’s in Crisis”: A guest blog
In GIA’s most recent guest blog post, Gonzalo Casals, commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, discusses the department’s release of a survey on the financial impact of COVID-19 on cultural nonprofits and the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding it. In this piece, Casals highlights how cultural groups need to speak and act in solidarity with one another and their communities in order to effectively advocate and get the support they need. Read here.
September Webinar: “Responding to Movements: Narrative change and policy”
Narrative drives policy. When we think about the ways philanthropy has and continues to play a big role is this process of perpetuating, shifting, debunking, or changing narratives, it is important to turn to those who work relentlessly and consistently as examples of how the field can look in the present and future. In our upcoming webinar, GIA is glad to have Holly Bartling (General Service Foundation) and Julia Beatty (Borealis Philanthropy) joining us on Tuesday, September 15, 2pm EDT/11am PDT to discuss their journeys into this work and how they are shifting narratives and legislation in a bold way. Details and registration here.
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News from the Field
Black August: “The change I would like to see in cultural grantmaking is a values shift”
The change I would like to see in cultural grantmaking is a values shift. As we seek to support Black artists and communities in the future, we must recognize the system operating today which heavily invests in large, white institutions, and centers around and funds organizations and programs rather than people…
A Call to Invest in Arts Education
“Imagine what could be accomplished if the city of Boston and any of the 26 Massachusetts Gateway Cities reinvested the millions of dollars now spent policing schools—often with questionable results—in arts instruction!” write Barbara Wallace Grossman and Jonathan C. Rappaport, in a recent post…
Howard Gilman Foundation Increases Budget for NYC Performing Arts Organizations
The Howard Gilman Foundation Board of Trustees recently approved an increase from a 5% to a 7.5% payout for the Foundation’s 2020 grants budget, bringing the total of that budget to $34.5M, according to the press release…

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