Thank you, Steve Cline!
Today, we say a fond farewell to Steve Cline, who has served as the Web & Knowledge Manager at Grantmakers in the Arts for the past 14 years. In this role he has been an essential member of the programs team – supporting all online learning programs, digital knowledge, and the GIA Reader production – as well as the production of the GIA annual conference
Thank you, Steve, for your collaboration and contributions with both the Seattle- and New York-based GIA teams. Well wishes in your next steps!
Black August: From the GIA Reader
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?
This week we highlight Stop Funding Firsts by Alisha Patterson, Managing Director (Afro House), Director of the Leadership Through Mentorship Program (Women of Color in the Arts), Urban Arts Leadership Advisory Council (Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance), who calls upon grantmakers to shift their intentions so that whiteness is not prioritized. “It is irresponsible to provide monetary and non-monetary support to an institution that hasn’t truly wrestled with policies and practices that exist to uphold whiteness.” Read the full piece here.
Join us TOMORROW for Cultural Policy Action Lab Public Learning Series
Individual Artist Development
Wednesday, August 31 at 11am PDT | 2pm EDT
Fellowships, grants and professional development programs are common policy frames in many state and local arts agencies. Public policy generally, and cultural policy specifically, has historically supported institutions vs individuals. Join CAIR Lab in an exploration of how models are emerging to support individual artists, and how that has contributed to more equitable communities.
Learn more and register here.
AEP Annual Convening September 14-15 in Baltimore, MD
Join the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) in Baltimore, MD for the first in-person Annual Convening in three years! This year’s event offers the opportunity for learning and networking—and just as importantly, an opportunity to celebrate our collective work and to help ensure everyone has access to an excellent arts education. Whether your goal is to build your personal network, take part in thoughtful discussions or enjoy the company of leaders across the nation in beautiful Baltimore, the Annual Convening is the place to be on September 14-15.
Learn more and register here.
Image courtesy SouthArts
“For the group of young Black photographers who founded The Black Image Center, a collective turned 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Los Angeles, COVID-19 allowed time to think deeply about a space where Black artists can come to stimulate their imaginations through photography, and one that can provide resources for their economic empowerment,” said Joshua Oduga for Hyperallergic. “Kalena Yiaueki, Maya Mansour, Zamar Velez, Haleigh Nickerson, Samone Kidane, and Michael Tyrone Delaney, who all have diverse backgrounds within the field of photography, came together digitally during the pandemic”…
“The visual arts sector continues to grow at a rapid rate integrating applications of artistic and technological talent into the entertainment, fashion, and marketing industries across the world,” said Rob Berger for Forbes. “Students are clamoring for more educational opportunities to get a head start on careers that often begin well before cap and gown ceremonies at the hand of doodlers across the nation”…
“Over the last 150 years, humanity has experienced a breakneck pace of growth, not only in science and technology, but in population and data production. How could we as a species deal with so much knowledge unless we turned to hyper-specialization? We have done that well,” said Kamal Sinclair (Guild of Future Architects) for NEA. “However, we still have not understood that the potential of these specializations is limited unless we can construct robust collaborative networks across fields and disciplines”…