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Cheers from Grantmakers in the Arts!
The staff and board of Grantmakers in the Arts would like to wish you a happy and healthy close to this year and warm start to the next. We’re hopeful for a new year to bring us renewed energy and more time together. Before we say goodbye to 2022, here are the major ways GIA evolved its practice.
Renewing Commitments. This year, GIA continued making and tending to relationship with our Puerto Rican partners. The Support for Individual Artist committee focused on arts and health. Our support for BIPOC communities grew with the Racial Equity Coding Project, in partnership with the Doris Duke Foundation, and both of our Racial Equity Workshop Series. We resumed the Narrative Change series which marked our most attended webinar of the year, on participatory grantmaking, and introduced three inaugural guest editors for the digital Reader.
Reconnecting Our Community. To begin our 2022 hybrid conference, Converge/Transform, we asked ourselves: What do we need? And, what do creative communities need? How are we, as stewards of wealth and holders of power, using our imaginations to build a present and future that will redress past and present struggle? Converge/Transform was held virtually and in-person in NYC. We featured four preconference sessions, including Year of Our Lorde, which has a recap podcast now streaming on the digital Reader. The convening was documented by our bloggers, Jasmine Liu and Tram Nguyen; photographers, Michael Palma Mir and Ayana Hisa; and graphic recorders Sara Yukimoto-Saltman and Toya Beacham. Our final board meeting and days of learning for the year was hosted in Puerto Rico in preparation for our 2023 conference November 5-8, 2023.
Advancing Our Justice Frame. GIA continued the Pro-BIPOC Arts Funding Workshop series in partnership with Justin Laing (Hillombo Consulting), an advancing racial equity workshop grounded in critical race theory as the conceptual frame and organizing as the action. We also launched the Move the Money series with Art.Coop and the Mission Investing Institute with Mission Investors Exchange and Upstart Co-Lab, both exploring ways to work outside of traditional grantmaking practices to better support artists and cultural communities. We welcomed the inaugural cohort of the Cultural Policy Action Lab and Public Learning Series, a leadership and professional development community of practice program for public sector workers who seek to advance racial equity through arts, culture, and public policy. To close out the year, we hosted our first Black Arts Funding Summit, featuring experts across fields and industries who have directly shaped institutional policy and established new practices that support Black liberatory futures.
Broadening Our Reach. This year, GIA launched our digital Reader platform making content more accessible, and enabling us to share audio, video, photos, written essay, and graphic recording. We introduced three guest editors; Dr. Durell Cooper, Meena Malik, and Nayantara Sen. Our Special Series featured: Arts + Tech, Future of the Field, Black August, Liberatory Practice, The Lost Files with Durell Cooper, and The President's Blog.
Expanding Our Network. GIA's membership increased by 24% during 2022. We continue our monthly Member’s Spotlight series, highlighting the work of GIA members across the sector. We honored outgoing board members Jaime Dempsey and Ken May, welcomed incoming board members Amber Hamilton and Glenisse Pagán Ortiz, as well as Eleanor Savage who will begin as vice chair in January.
Building From Within. GIA welcomed two new team members, Jaime Sharp and Mar Undag, and said goodbye to Sylvia Jung, Steve Cline, and George Marfo II. Our team has also been active in the field; Eddie Torres joined the board of directors of United Philanthropy Forum; Nadia Elokdah served on the WOCA Non-Black POC Solidarity steering committee and selection committee for Creatives Rebuild New York; Sherylynn Sealy served on the steering committee for EPIP Boston Chapter; Champ Knecht published reports on GIA's general operating support; Jaime Sharp joined BIPOC Leadership Circle with artEquity and WOCA's Leadership Through Mentorship program.
Thank you for your contribution to our community of practice and for your continued support of artists and arts organizations. Before we’re off, check out a snapshot of our year together below and share with us some of your best successes. Our office will be closed from December 23-January 2, 2023, for the winter holiday, and the next time you hear from us will be in the new year. Until then!
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News from the Field
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