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Join us for GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture Part 1
Join us on February 28 at 11am PT/2pm ET for a presentation from National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ Ryan Stubbs and Mohja Rhoads. They will share a summary of key findings and insights into what these findings reveal about the current public sector arts grantmaking environment, as well as an introduction to what we can expect for the new year.
Register for the webinar here.

GIA is seeking your feedback on our Bylaws!
In the interest of transparency, Grantmakers in the Arts is sharing our bylaws. We welcome our members’ recommended changes to any of our bylaws for consideration by our board of directors. The GIA board and team may integrate proposed changes into our bylaws, may decide that a recommended change to our bylaws is better realized as a change to our policies or practices and, in some instances, simply not embrace a proposed change. Make sure you are logged into your account to submit a form.
Review our bylaws and submit feedback.
Register for GIA’s 2023 Racial Equity Workshops by February 17
Our Racial Equity in Arts Funding Workshops include information on the history of racialization in the United States, the history of cultural funding, and real-world stories of success and examples of racial equity funding, strategies, and resources you may bring with you back to your organizations.
The workshops are facilitated by Jonny Altrogge from True North EDI, and by GIA team members Eddie Torres, president & CEO; Nadia Elokdah, vice president & director of programs; and Sherylynn Sealy, senior program manager, and include first-person lessons from guest speakers from the grantmaking field.
GIA’s workshop will be delivered as 4 three-hour modules with series available in March and May.
Learn more and register by February 17 to participate.
GIA Reader Guest Editor Series on Liberation: Unrestricted and Flowing

Meena Malik, vocalist, arts consultant, cultural organizer, and GIA Reader guest Editor offers an opening frame for a collective of articles, poetry, music, short films, and artistic practices that each, in their own ways, bring clarity to the questions: What does practicing liberation look like for you? What does liberation look like in process/in practice? 

In Unrestricted and Flowing, Tina Orduno Calederon, Culture Bearer of Gabrielino Tongva, Chumash and Yoeme descent, and traditional singer & dancer, storyteller & poet shares her poem Adaptability. “Those who have a voice are unheard, so it is a given that the nature who is barely seen and rarely considered by the dominant culture would not be given much thought. My heart is connected to our water and earth relatives, and I firmly believe there can be no healing for humanity until there is healing for these powerful elements.” 

Read the full piece at the Reader and look out for all 10 pieces to be shared throughout the winter.

Join Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge
Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched its third round of The Public Art Challenge. The Public Art Challenge supports innovative temporary public art projects that demonstrate close collaboration between city government, artists, and cultural organizations. Applications are due February 15 at 5pm EST. Learn more here.
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From the MacArthur Foundation: Kristen Mack, Vice President, Communications, Fellows, and Partnerships, shares thinking on umbrella terms, which are intended to be inclusive but often come up short when discussing complex and evolving identities.
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