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Registration Opening in September!
Please join us for the first-ever GIA Virtual Convening this November. Registration will be opening in September and details on sessions, round tables, keynotes, and performances are coming soon! In the meantime, get excited and visit the convening website to read more.
September Webinar: “Responding to Movements: Narrative change and policy”
Narrative changes drive policy. 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.
Reflections for this Black August and Beyond
Throughout August, GIA saluted Black philanthropy month, a reminder to amplify funds and resources that explicitly center Black artists and cultural communities. We hope you get a chance to read the powerful proposals from our members on how cultural grantmaking can interrupt institutional and structural racism while building a more just funding ecosystem that prioritizes Black communities, organizations, and artists.
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News from the Field
Black August: Arts funders should build stability and resilience for Black artists and cultural communities
To better support Black artists and cultural communities, arts philanthropy should increase its focus on stability and resilience in creative practice. COVID has fully revealed its long-standing fragility, leaving 63% of all artists unemployed and 66% unable to access the infrastructure necessary for their work…
Black August: equity. equity. equity.
In William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying, a young character by the name of Vardaman is allowed to believe that his “mother is a fish,” because no one takes the time to tell him that his mother is dead. Instead he associates what he witnesses with the reality he understands within a highly dysfunctional family. In the novel, he repeats, “fish. fish. fish.” Similarly, I would offer that we are currently operating in a highly dysfunctional philanthropic family.…
Black August: Healing, community, and connection -> Movement
Cultural grantmaking changing to support Black artists and cultural communities comprises three elements: healing, community, and connection…

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