Grantmakers in the Arts

December 5, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Arts and Community Development

Theater artists & activists John Malpede and Henriëtte Brouwers and designer Rosten Woo are creating a project that aims to achieve “Skid Row Now & 2040,” a community-generated alternative development plan designed for and by the Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles.

December 2, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Philanthropic practice, Arts and Community Development

In a recent blog post on Nonprofit AF, Vu Le reflects on how he has been seeing more signs of diverse communities "being treated like children who don’t know what’s good for them." Le writes that, even though he doesn't think that is conscious or intentional, "it is still frustrating."

December 1, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

For the months of December and January, GIA’s photo banner features work supported by 4Culture.

As a multi-disciplinary public development authority, 4Culture represents a unique model of funding, tackling “culture” via a four-pronged approach: arts, heritage, preservation, and public art. Chartered by the King County Council in Washington State, the agency invests public dollars into the area’s cultural ecosystem, which is home to Seattle, that state’s largest city.

November 27, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Why Arts? Making the Case

"All art is political. In tense, fractious times—like our current moment—all art is political. But even during those times when politics and the future of our country itself are not the source of constant worry and anxiety, art is still political."

November 26, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Arts and Community Development

Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter co-founder and performance artist has created a new online MFA program, the Social and Environmental Arts Practice, that combines art, social justice, and community organizing at Prescott College in Arizona, the Los Angeles Times reported.

November 22, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Philanthropic practice, Indigenous Arts

In "Who Are Land Acknowledgments Really For?," Lauren Wingenroth writes about land acknowledgments in the dance world.

November 21, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Philanthropic practice, Cultural Policy

The City of Seattle published recently its first Creative Economy report. According to the report, the Office of Film & Music, Office of Economic Development, and Office of Arts & Culture undertook studying the local creative economy "because we know that creativity is vital to the health of our economy, both now and in the future."

November 20, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Arts Education

Sometimes information comes from unexpected places. National information on U.S. students’ engagement and performance in music and visual arts came from an unexpected place: NAEP’s 2019 math assessment, as Claus von Zastrow, principal at Education Commission of the States, wrote in a recent blog post.