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Welcome Grantmakers in the Arts’ New Members!
GIA is pleased to introduce our new members, Princeton Area Community Foundation, City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, Bader Philanthropies, and Lannan Foundation.
Arts and Technology for Racial Justice: Artists Respond ft. Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Grantmakers in the Arts continues discussions centered around arts and technology. The unique intersection between arts and technology has proven to be influential for all people (whether patron, funder, artist, or other), as we navigate the quickly evolving mediums for sharing information and shaping culture. Technology is not neutral, so how should funders target their dollars in order to advance the growth of arts and culture towards justice? And how can the intersection of arts and technology contribute to a racially just future?
In the third episode of the series, we are joined by Amelia Winger-Bearskin, professor, artist, and founder of UF AI Climate Justice Lab, Talk To Me About Water Collective, and Wampum.Codes Podcast.
Listen now.
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.
GIA Reader Guest Editor Series on Liberation: Liberation is Within Oneself
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?
Samuel Valdez, actor, playwright, director, and producer, reflects on, “trying to liberate [himself] from the unjust situation’s life has thrown at me... as an artist [he uses his] past struggles to create [his] present and future work applying it to help others liberate themselves from situations that are blinding them from moving forwards in life.” “Liberation to me is not just focused on the word freedom. No. No. No! That is too simple. Liberation is more about proving to oneself that ‘I can defeat any obstacle that comes my way,’” said Valdez. “These obstacles can come in different mental or physical forms, and it is up to oneself to overcome them demonstrating to others you can and have the capacity to resolve that situation. I use this method of understanding in all the work I do.”
Read more at the Reader and check out all 10 pieces in the collection.
Photo Courtesy: The Dramatists Guild Foundation
News from the Field
From ASC: Last night, Feb. 27, 2023, Charlotte City Council approved a policy framework for its Arts and Culture Advisory Board. The framework makes ASC ineligible to receive operating dollars to support the personnel, technology and other resources necessary to do its work for the broader cultural sector...
"How much do we really know about how the ultrarich give their money away?" said Whizy Kim for Vox. "It’s surprisingly hard to say. This week, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published its annual ranking of the top 50 donors from 2022, a list it compiles by asking nonprofits what gifts they received and philanthropists what gifts they gave. It’s a list dominated by Silicon Valley billionaires with sprinklings of Wall Street investors, real estate magnates, media moguls, and heirs and heiresses of industry, who gave hundreds of millions (and in a few cases, billions) to private foundations, universities, and medical centers..."
From Ford Foundation: "Mellon, Ford, Getty, and Terra Foundations today announced Advancing Latinx Art in Museums (ALAM) – the new initiative represents the second phase of a multi-year funding collaboration seeking to nurture and prioritize US Latinx art. The funding partners have committed a combined $5 million to the initiative, which will provide ten grants of $500,000 to institutions in support of the creation and formalization of ten permanent early and mid-career curatorial positions with expertise in Latinx art..."

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