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Grantmakers in the Arts’ Newest Members
GIA is pleased to introduce our newest members, Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, IndieSpace/Indie Theater Fund, Pincus Family Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Whippoorwill Arts, and Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation. Welcome!
Save the Dates: Cultural Policy Action Lab Public Learning Series
Cultural Policy Action Lab Public Learning Series
Join us for the inaugural GIA Cultural Policy Action Lab, a leadership and professional development community of practice program for public sector workers who seek to advance racial equity through arts and culture and public policy. The Public Learning Series is an open source 8-part online learning series and will be held bi-weekly from June-September (public, open to all). Learn more here!
Join us for the Disability Justice for Individual Artists: Cap, SNAP, Solution Webinar
Tuesday, May 31 at 11am PDT | 2pm EDT

Join us on Tuesday, May 31 for a continued conversation about disability justice and arts funding. We’ll be joined by Revecca Torres (BACKBONES), Laura Poppiti (Center for Cultural Innovation), and Alex Nock (Penn Hill Group) who will build on the conversation from our 2021 webinar on disability justice, which offered discussion on best practices when funding and supporting artists with disabilities. As the sector continues to develop and pivot towards transformational change, we were reminded that our work must be “guided by those most impacted by systems of oppression.” But we know that change can only be as transformational as policy and federal law will allow. Learn more and register here.
From Animating Democracy: Aesthetic Perspectives in Grantmaking Webinar
Tuesday, May 10 at 12pm PDT | 3pm EDT

Since its release in 2017, funders, Local and State Arts agencies, and arts and cultural organizations have tapped the framework, Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change, to support their grantmaking and evaluation. Developed by artists with ally evaluators and funders to address aesthetic and cultural biases and Eurocentric standards of excellence, Aesthetic Perspectives offers 11 attributes to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of creative practices and products in arts for change work. Join us for a second webinar, Aesthetic Perspectives in Evaluation Webinar, May 10, 3:00 – 4:15 EDT. Susannah Laramee Kidd offers practical applications of the framework in evaluation of civically and socially engaged arts and culture projects and programs. Free. Register here.
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News from the Field
What We’re Watching: Remaking the Economy: How to Design Democratic Management
From Nonprofit Quarterly, "Increasingly, people in movement spaces are demanding to work in democratic workplaces. One model often overlooked—the worker-owned cooperative—offers the benefit of having had to grapple with questions of participation, management, and governance for decades”…
New Resource Library: Investing in Native Communities
Native Americans in Philanthropy and Candid have partnered to create a robust resource library with funding data, research, historical context, and tools to support Native communities and causes…
What We’re Listening To: Investing in the Creative Economy
“Upstart Co-Lab's founding partner Laura Callanan speaks with Penta senior writer Abby Schultz about the group’s initial impact investments in the creative economy through its member community of arts institutions, artists, and funders”…
ICYMI: Things That Make a Difference: Housing Futures Month and Narrative
“Narratives are the stories we tell that help us make sense of the world,” said Laura Hughes, Director of Narrative Strategies for PolicyLink. “And, most importantly, stories tell where we are today and shape the world we want to create”…
Supporting Intersectionality Through Public Policies
GIA is advocating for policies that increase the amount of assets that people with disabilities can hold while remaining eligible for public benefits because disabled artists – indeed, all workers – deserve to get paid for their work and to build savings, even when circumstances – like a disability – prevent them from working a conventional fixed role or schedule…

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