Grantmakers in the Arts

May 6, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Philanthropic practice

Big philanthropy came under scrutiny at the recent Skoll World Forum, where 1,200 people from 81 countries gathered at the University of Oxford, England, according to Forbes.

May 2, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), a Mellon Foundation grantee through its Comprehensive Organizational Health Initiative, is key in "ensuring that a rich legacy of dance in America—and around the world—is preserved and continues to grow," as the foundation writes in its blog.

May 1, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

For the month of May, GIA’s photo banner features work supported by PBS.

The arts have been a major staple of PBS for almost 50 years. The PBS Foundation provides millions of Americans hundreds of hours of arts programming annually and a front row seat to world-class drama and performances.

In response to the "philanthropic neglect of rural, small city and suburban communities in the region," The Heartland Fund, a donor collaborative housed at the Windward Fund, was launched in 2018 by the Franciscan Sisters of Mercy and the Wallace Global Fund, according to a piece in the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

“Imagine a monument for today, for your city, for your community.” That's the question “New Monuments for New Cities,” a public art project, asked local artists when encouraging them to create proposals (in the form of posters) for new monuments. Houston, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, and New York City will produce an exhibition of the resulting 25 artworks specific to their site, as ArtNews reports.

The first annual impact report on the NYC Inclusive Creative Economy Fund, released by LISC NYC, looks at the creative economy as a driver of comprehensive community development.

April 23, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Arts and Community Development

A column in The New York Times is devoted to those who are combating social isolation, at a local level: community builders, weaving the social fabric.

April 22, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz in Arts and Social Justice, Racial Equity, in Arts and Social Justice, Racial Equity

After a full day of leading workshops on how to talk about race thoughtfully and deliberately that showed an overrepresentation of employees of color and an underrepresentation of white employees, Ijeoma Oluo shares her thoughts on how "so often the white attendees have decided for themselves what will be discussed, what they will hear, what they will learn."