A Message from GIA on the Crisis Impacting Puerto Rico
Five years after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Fiona has caused catastrophic destruction in Puerto Rico, killing at least two people and leaving nearly the entire island archipelago without power and water. Below you will find opportunities to lend your support to Puerto Rico.
Post-Maria, the US federal government set aside billions for reconstruction, but communities in Puerto Rico remain vulnerable. Puerto Rico’s vulnerability stems from a combination of factors, including the Fiscal Control Board’s requirement that Puerto Rico privatize its power grid.
The Fiscal Control Board’s oversight of Puerto Rico’s budget is an element of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). PROMESA is a US federal law enacted in 2016 that established a US financial oversight board for Puerto Rico, a process for restructuring debt the Puerto Rican government owed to corporate creditors. The FCB's approved fiscal austerity plan for 2017-2026 cut deeply into Puerto Rico's public service budget, including cuts to health care, pensions, and education, in order to prioritize repaying corporate creditors.
Puerto Rico’s vulnerability is also rooted in its status as a US territory with no electoral votes for the presidency and no voting representation in Congress. Puerto Rico has an advocate in the U.S. Congress, who has no voting authority. At a Congressional hearing less than a week before Hurricane Fiona, Puerto Rico’s non-voting congressional representative questioned the effectiveness of Puerto Rico’s privatized electric grid considering its history of poor performance and whether it should even remain in the hands of a private company.
Grantmakers in the Arts joins friends across the nation in a call for our federal government to cancel Puerto Rico’s debt and end private oversight of its budget to ensure that Puerto Rico may recover in the spirit of self-determination.
Learn more about this crisis and ways to support Puerto Rico.
Thank you, Sylvia Jung!
We want to thank our Senior Development Manager, Sylvia Jung, for her incredible work and dedication to GIA. Sylvia has been a part of our team since January 2018, and we wish her luck as she assumes her new role as The Development Office at Third Wave Fund.
Previously, she served in development roles at Ballet Hispanico, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, and The New York Foundling. Sylvia is a longtime crisis hotline volunteer with the New York City Anti-Violence Project, butler to two rescue cats, and is proudly 100% a product of New York City public education.
Thank you, Sylvia!
2022 GIA Conference In-Person Registration Closed
Registration for the 2022 GIA In-Person conference is now closed. Registration for virtual convenings is open until October 5.
2022 GIA Conference Schedule Online
The full list of sessions for the 2022 GIA Conference: Converge/Transform is now available online. This year’s conference features over 40 sessions ranging across a diverse array of topics within GIA’s focus areas and others including racial equity, cross-sector work, funding collaborations, placekeeping, and impact investing.
In-person registration for the 2022 GIA Conference: Converge/Transform is now closed. Registration for the virtual convenings is open until October 5.
Future of the Field: From the GIA Reader
In the latest installment from the GIA Future of the Field series – reflecting and responding to ArtPlace America’s “13 Ways That Arts and Culture Can Support Equitable Community Development” – we invited a new round of responses to continue the spirit of debate, ideas, and dialogue around the future of arts and community development.
This week we highlight Rethinking on Arts and Community Development by Pamela Bridgeforth (Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations) who discusses ArtPlace America’s collective work in the space of arts and community. “For the impressive compendium of ArtPlace knowledge assembled to have impact in this new moment of our time, we will need more intentionality around sharing the research and its recommendations with others—practitioners, community leaders, and policy makers–learning from new insights, and building on those insights for truly meaningful equitable community advancement.” Read the full piece.
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