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GIA Webinar: Puerto Rico – The Diaspora, The Island 

Puerto Rico and its people shape, and are shaped by, place and environment, history and geopolitics. The island has a complex colonial history, and ever-lasting political situation which defines its status as a US territory. The diverse social and cultural narratives of the island are known well by natives to the island but remain a mystery to most. 

Join us on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 3p ET/12P PT for a 75-minute webinar and hear from Pam Breaux (National Assembly of State Arts Agencies); Alexis Ortiz (Office of the President, Mellon Foundation); and Carlos Rodríguez Silvestre (Flamboyan Foundation). They will not only discuss general misconceptions about the island of Puerto Rico and its culture, but how the nuances of the local philanthropic sector present a unique opportunity for investment. 

Learn more and register. 
Final Chance for Membership Renewal

If you haven’t renewed your GIA membership, this is your final chance! Don’t miss out on all the perks including exclusive access to our programming and member bulletins; discounted registration rates for the annual conference; and the opportunity to nominate GIA board members.  

Please contact giarts@gia.org with questions. If you do not renew by the end of the month, you will no longer receive GIA membership benefits as of March 31. Renew your membership today!  

Closing Soon! Call for Sessions: 2023 GIA Conference 
Don’t delay! 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: Holding Space for Native American and Indigenous Muslims 
Zeyba Rahman, director for the Buidling Bridges Program at the Doris Duke Foundation discusses her research findings and the organization’s goal to, “build stronger, more inclusive communities through increased mutual understanding and well-being among diverse populations...In this way, [their] goal is to help those who have often been excluded — in fact, erased — join national conversations. [They] are so proud to have supported this work and look forward to continuing to highlight underrepresented populations and answer big questions with empathy, collaboration, and respect.” 
Read the full piece here. 
News from the Field
"Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, is celebrating a milestone this week as it completes the final phase in a project to boost its energy resiliency," said Ricardo Arduengo for Grist. "
"Philanthropy comes in many forms. For over a decade, Black Philanthropy Month has been a time of reflection on Black philanthropists’ contributions—including the contributions of Black liberation movements," said Son Chau for Nonprofit Quarterly.
"'If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.' This Zora Neale Hurston quote was what started to rattle around my head this morning, after waking up to the news that Angela Bassett’s visible heartbreak - for not winning Best Supporting Actress at last night’s Oscars ...
Join Public Health Grand Rounds at the Aspen Institute for a lunchtime book talk on Monday, on March 20, 2023 at 12pm at the Aspen Institute in D.C.. Author's Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross discuss their new, ground-breaking work, Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us. 
From the Ford Foundation: "Today, Borealis Philanthropy and the Ford Foundation announced the launch of the $1 million Disability x Tech Fund, the only national fund supporting disability-led groups working to bring about transformational change at the intersections of disability rights, justice and technology." 
From Artist Communities Alliance: ACA’s President and CEO, Lisa Funderburke hosts a conversation with four arts leaders, who are committed to supporting Black arts workers in the artist residency field and beyond.

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