2017 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference

Grantmakers in the Arts is pleased to have a fantastic blogger covering the 2017 Conference in Detroit. Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture will be posting her comments and reactions beginning Saturday, October 28. We hope you enjoy her observations and that you join this conversation.

October 31, 2017 by Lara Davis
Day 2. The scene: A passionate conversation with fellow conference attendees over breakfast. We are grateful for this time together to eat free food, consume coffee, hear from more local artist activists and cultural workers, and begin reflecting on some of the learning that defines our conference experiences over the last few days. We exchange information on sessions that have challenged us due to either an unwillingness to go deep enough, or their readiness to move us so profoundly that we’re already changed. The latter by far represents the collective experience of my table mate colleagues, and soon to be friends. Read More...
October 29, 2017 by Lara Davis
The Detroit Idea Lab, Though… If you didn’t already know, the IDEA LAB is hands down my favorite thing about GIA Conferences. (If there’s any doubt, just see my previous conference blog posts.) No shade to the sessions, which undoubtedly convene a stellar array of peoples and perspectives, creating space for needed critical learning and dialog. The morning blessing that is the Idea Lab, though, situates us all in an artist-centered, artist-led ecology. Read More...
October 28, 2017 by Lara Davis
“Nothing about us without us is for us.” This proverb, popularized by South African disability and youth activists, served as the introductory frame for the daylong precon, Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy.  These words were presented by facilitators as a challenge to the ways in which institutions may approach racial equity. (Think, colonialism. Think, the opposite of liberatory practices.) It set the tone outright for a conversation and exploration of racial inequity in art philanthropy that is at once structural and foundational to how a nation built upon racialized capitalism, i.e., genocide and slavery, operates. Read More...
October 23, 2017 by Steve
Lara Davis has been active in youth development and community arts education for more than a decade. She has served as a Seattle arts commissioner and as program director for Arts Corps, a youth arts organization. At the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Lara manages Creative Advantage, a public/private partnership to ensure equitable access to high quality arts learning for all Seattle students. Read More...
October 13, 2017 by Steve
Grantmakers in the Arts is pleased to have a fantastic blogger covering the 2017 Conference in Detroit. Lara Davis, Arts Education Manager for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture will be posting her comments and reactions beginning Saturday, October 28. We hope you enjoy her observations and that you join this conversation. Read More...