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TODAY! GIA’s Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture Part 1
Join us TODAY, February 28 at 11am PT/2pm ET, for a presentation from National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ Nakyung Rhee, 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, and be sure to check out the full report.
Support for Individual Artists Committee – GIA Welcomes New Members
GIA is pleased to announce three new members to the Support for Individual Artists (SfIA) Committee. GIA members have been working together to promote and improve funding for individual artists for more than 20 years. The Committee has been one of the most active groups of funders within GIA serving the field through a variety of projects including: a scan of scholarly research on artist support; a visual timeline outlining the history of artist support funding; major publications; a research project on data collection to support individual artists; GIA’s annual Individual Artist preconference; and other programs. Welcome!
Call for Sessions: 2023 GIA Conference
Grantmakers in the Arts is currently seeking session proposals for the 2023 GIA Conference, to be held November 5-8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The GIA Conference is the largest annual convening of arts funders and the most comprehensive opportunity for our colleagues in the field to learn from each other. We greatly value the experience, ideas, and programs that members share with each other and the field at large. GIA members are invited to propose conference sessions on our website.
The deadline to submit is March 24 at 5pm EDT. To learn more and submit your proposals, visit our Call for Sessions page.
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar at the 2022 GIA Conference
On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, GIA welcomed artist, teacher, and founder of Urban Bush Women Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Featuring artistic work by Jawole Will Jo Zollar, introduction address from Kristin Sakoda, and performance by Sing Harlem.
The recording is now available to stream.
GIA Reader Guest Editor Series on Liberation: Practicing Aliveness
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?
UnBound Bodies (UBB) is an experimental transdisciplinary creative space|place making and tending collective for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPoC) creatives (artists, activists, tricksters-in training, and healers) in Boston and beyond. This piece features a discussion on liberatory practices, as well as reflections on their community events and public installations. “We create spaces to center, explore, remember, and re-envision Black queer aliveness, beingness, and community building. We lean into radical reimagining of how to BE in private and public spaces; of how to BE in generative and transformative relationships with our ancestors, bodies, desires, communities/families, elders, and divinities; and intentionally invite folx in our communities to BE in nuanced aliveness together.”
Read more at the Reader and check out all 10 pieces in the collection.
The recording is now available to stream.
Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts
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News from the Field
"In this line of work, I have met lots of amazing funders. Shoutout to all the brilliant philanthropy professionals who are working hard and often without much fanfare to change the ridiculous systems that make fund seeking so painful and ineffective," said Vu Le for Nonprofit AF...
"The Kenneth Rainin Foundation co-hosted the pilot for a new series, 'Let’s Talk,' in partnership with Bay Area artist Beatrice Thomas of Authentic Arts & Media in December. Over fifty artists, arts workers and funders joined us for our first event to examine the central question: what do artists need to thrive? Below I recap the talk and what we learned, and share upcoming session dates for 2023..."
From New York Foundation for the Arts: In conjunction with the opening of Cycle 17 of our Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants, NYFA has scheduled two live online information sessions. We hope to reach even more artists from across the country who may be eligible, and in need of critical financial support for medical, dental or mental health emergencies. Interested artists can ask questions directly during the sessions; a recording will also be posted online by March 4...
"Last month, 'Avatar: Way of the Water' captured the world’s imagination. But you don’t have to travel to Pandora to witness the magic of the water or the power of community action to make a change," said Henry Olaisen for Next City. "For eight years, as leader of the Betty Wright Center in Palo Alto, a warm-water therapy facility open to the public, I saw this kind of magic every day. It taught me a lesson that holds true for anyone seeking greater equity in any healthcare system: If we are to design systems and facilities that are truly for the people and with the people (known as patient-centered care), we must carefully listen and learn from people with disabilities when designing facilities and programs..."

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