Grantmakers in the Arts & Art.Coop Solidarity Economy Discussion Series

How can arts & culture grantmaking engage in systems-change work that addresses root causes rather than symptoms of inequity? Grantmakers can play a role in the transformation of the sector by following the lead of BIPOC creatives who are innovating models for self-determination and community wealth.

Join us for a series of funder briefings about opportunities to enact new approaches to grantmaking and investing that shift control to communities.

Grantmakers in the Arts and Art.Coop will co-host a series of funder discussions to share example of projects that make tangible the principles laid out in the GIA-commissioned report, Solidarity Not Charity: Arts & Culture Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy, by Natalia Linares & Caroline Woolard from Art.Coop.

Registration is free. Please register for each discussion in which you’d like to participate.

The first in the series will be a discussion with East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative on Thursday, December 2nd, 11:30am-12:30pm PST / 2:30-3:30pm EST.

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East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative supports BIPOC and allied communities to cooperatively organize, finance, purchase and steward mixed-use and residential property in the East Bay.

The second in the series will be a discussion with Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, and Gregory Jackson, co-founder of Repaired Nations, on Thursday January 13th at 11am–noon PST / 2–3pm EST.

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Jessica Gordon Nembhard is the author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice as well as other studies, including Wealth Accumulation and Communities of Color in the U.S. Dr. Gordon Nembhard will discuss her research as well as the opportunities to expand her research on incarcerated worker co-ops' best practices and benefits to incarcerated people, their families, and their communities, among other related topics.

Specializing in consultation, training, education, research, and development, Repaired Nations incubates start up cooperative organizations and provides much needed capacity to under-resourced community organizations. We will discuss their mission and work with co-founder Gregory Jackson, who also serves as Staff Attorney for The Sustainable Economies Law Center and Governance Director for East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative.

The third in the series will be a discussion with Daniel Park of Obvious Agency and Carlos Uriona of Double Edge Theatre on Tuesday February 8 at 11am-12pm PST / 2-3pm EST.

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Obvious Agency is a worker-owned cooperative grounded in anti-capitalist, anti-racist, non-normative, liberatory, and feminist frameworks.

Double Edge Theatre is an artist-run organization founded as a feminist ensemble and laboratory of actors’ creative process. The Double Edge Ensemble creates original theatrical performances developed through a long-term process with collaborating visual and music artists.

The fourth in the series will be a discussion with Aisha Shillingford of Intelligent Mischief on Tuesday March 8 at 11am-12pm PST / 2-3pm EST.

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Intelligent Mischief is a creative studio and futures design lab unleashing Black imagination to shape the future.

The final discussion in the series will be with Carlton Turner, founder, Mississippi Center for Cultural Production and Allen Kwabena Frimpong, co-founder, ZEAL & Liberation Ventures on Wednesday April 13 at 11am-12pm PDT / 2-3pm EDT.

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The Mississippi Center for Cultural Production supports community development from the ground up through cultural production, focused on self-determination and agency, strengthening their local food system, advancing health equity, and supporting rural artistic voices.

ZEAL is a creative studio cooperative for Black artists throughout the diaspora.

Liberation Ventures is a field-building organization that takes a networked approach to in building a culture of repair towards winning on reparations in the US.