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GIA Reader: Black August
Black August, born out of Black liberation, resistance, and justice movements, is a month dedicated to critical learning and analysis, reflection and study of our roles in oppressive or liberatory systems, and an opportunity to grow, connect, and prepare for the challenging work ahead.

Throughout the month, we invite you to explore Black artists and philanthropists' responses to the question: How can cultural grantmaking interrupt institutional and structural racism while building a more just funding ecosystem that prioritizes Black communities, organizations, and artists? Read more here.
Join us for the next Cultural Policy Action Lab Public Learning Series
Arts Education with Creative Generation
Wednesday, August 3 at 11am PDT | 2pm EDT

Each year the federal government and equivalent state and local departments of education spend millions of dollars on arts education programs, largely in program and formula based granting. Join Creative Generation to examine how BIPOC communities, and young people are shaping the structures for design, implementation and evaluation of arts programs and how policies for arts education and youth development can shape better community and youth outcomes.
Join us for the Participatory Grantmaking and Our Field Webinar
Arts Funders Sharing Power: Participatory Grantmaking and Our Field
Tuesday, August 23 at 11am PDT | 2pm EDT

The grantmaking sector, particularly funders focused on justice and liberation, seek ways to support and partner with committees that are overlooked, underserved, and undervalued. While this is not a new concept, we are encouraged to see more funders discuss how and why they are leaning into participatory grantmaking as a strategy to further this aim while examining questions of who can activate power around resource distribution. In a 2019 article published by Inside Philanthropy, we learn more about the sector’s response to the concept from Foundation Center (presently, Candid.), and others. Now three years later, what has changed? What are the benefits of power sharing practices, such as participatory grantmaking, and what are the narratives that we need to shift, or dismantle altogether, in order to practice more equitable grantmaking?

Join us on August 23, 2022, at 2p ET/11a PT to hear Geoffrey Banks (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation), Vu Le (Nonprofit AF), and Celeste Smith (The Pittsburg Foundation) discuss not only the programs they are implementing and have piloted to keep participatory grantmaking practices at the forefront of their operations, but also the ways their work is serving to shift narratives around funding strategies and partnership.

Learn more and register here.
2022 GIA Conference Early Registration Rate Reminder!
Early registration is open for the 2022 GIA Conference: Converge/Transform in New York City. Register before Friday, September 9, 2022, to benefit from our special discounted rate.

Join us October 6-12 as we reunite to reimagine the present and the future of arts and culture, featuring over 40 sessions as well as inspiring keynote presentations and performances. All GIA members are eligible for discounted conference registration. Be sure to take advantage of the early bird rate. Visit the conference website for updates throughout the registration period.

Register now for the 2022 GIA Conference.
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News from the Field
What We're Reading: Create Cultures of Care to Transform Philanthropy From the Inside Out
"There is no denying that over the last three years our world has been fundamentally reshaped by a worldwide pandemic, urgent climate collapse, widening inequality, rising authoritarian threats, and increasingly violent reactionary culture backlash," said Richael Faithful for Peak Grantmaking. "The peril of this moment is defined by precarity of many of the systems, norms, and order that we have known. It is an inherently stressful time. The fact is that as our world has been reshaped, we—as people—have been, too"…
New Donor Collaborative: How IRIS Uses Storytelling to Drive Social Change
From Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors: "International Resource for Impact and Storytelling (IRIS) is a new donor collaborative focused on strengthening civil society through narrative strategies and creative storytelling for impact. A sponsored project of RPA, IRIS supports donor partners and field-led efforts"…
What We're Reading: A Call to Action for Philanthropy
"There’s never been a more important time to claim your full power in philanthropy. We need you–your authentic and most daring selves during these times. This is the moment to relinquish power and exercise deep trust in the field…
What We're Watching: Co-creating the Rough Sleeping Strategy in Haringey through Legislative Theatre
The Legislative Theatre partnered with Haringey Council and Arts & Homelessness International, "for a special performance on homelessness practice and services in Haringey." The full performance is now available to stream on YouTube…
New Report: Connecting capital with creative people who make a profit and make a difference
"Upstart Co-Lab connects impact investing to fashion, food, film & TV, video games and other creative industries to drive deep social and environmental impact, commercial viability and an innovative edge"…

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