GIA Podcast

Grantmakers in the Arts presents the GIA Podcast, featuring interviews with leaders in arts philanthropy and the cultural community. These short podcasts are designed to easily fit into a busy schedule and offer concise sector insights for grantmakers. Many interview topics will complement GIA’s growing online program offerings, including web conferences, blog posts, and the online GIA Reader.


The Mosaic Network and Fund: New ways to lift up ALAANA communities

Recorded July 25 2019
Grantmakers in the Arts is committed to addressing structural inequities and increasing philanthropic and government support for the artists and arts organizations whose founders, leadership, or shared work is African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and/or Native American (also known as ALAANA). In 2017, The New York Community Trust and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation co-commissioned a report from Yancey Consulting to understand the health and viability of ALAANA arts groups in New York City. The result of their analysis and strategizing was the creation of The Mosaic Network and Fund. To date, this Network and Fund has involved around 160 people (representing more than 80 ALAANA arts nonprofits and 22 philanthropic organizations). There are 18 donors to the Fund and its advisory committee is represented by half ALAANA arts organizations, half funders. But what makes The Mosaic Network and Fund unique compared to other collaborative funds, and what can others learn from? Tune in and hear Eddie Torres, President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, interview Dr. Indira Etwaroo, producer and executive director at RestorationART and The Billie Holiday Theatre, and Mosaic Network and Fund advisory committee and design team member, and Kerry McCarthy, vice president for Philanthropic Initiatives at The New York Community Trust and Mosaic Fund advisory committee co-chair.


Narrative Change: Satire, Storytelling, and Unpacking this Shift

Recorded June 26 and 28 2019
Grantmakers in the Arts is a community of practice with a shared vision of investing in arts and culture as strategy for social change. One of the major issues we are exploring is dominant narratives that continue to live on and perpetuate racialized practices and outcomes. In these two podcasts, hear how social change agents have responded. Listen to how they challenge mainstream narratives through critique and satire not only in the funder network, pop culture, and beyond.

Narrative Change Through Satirical Storytelling (podcast #17): Zeyba Rahman, senior program officer for The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art's Building Bridges Program; Josh Seftel, filmmaker and creator of “The Secret Life of Muslims” series; Hussein Rashid, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Religion at Barnard College who focuses his research on Muslim and American pop culture; and Negin Farsad, Iranian-American writer and comedian who you can find on Netflix, HBO, and other media platforms, are interviewed by Nadia Elokdah, deputy director and director of programs of GIA. They discuss their recent film, The History of Muslims in the US, and share how they have used creative methods for shifting narratives and culture as a strategy towards equity.

Narrative Change and Unpacking Pop Culture (podcast #16): Jeff Chang, vice president of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward is interviewed by Eddie Torres, President & CEO of GIA. He speaks about narrative change a strategy, cultural shifts and how these evolve to impact human behaviors, and his own critiques of pop culture. Chang wraps up with what funders can consider.


What’s the Buzz with the GIA Support for Individual Artist Committee!

Recorded January 17, 2019
GIA members have been working together to promote and improve funding for individual artists for over 20 years. Over the years, the committee has been an incubator for such projects as a scan of scholarly research on artist support, a visual timeline outlining the history of artist support funding, major publications, and programs, and the development of a national taxonomy for reporting data on support for individual artists. This year, Grantmakers in the Arts gives you a front row seat into the Support for Individual Artist Committee. Now is your chance to learn more about it from the committee co-chairs, Adrianna Gallego, chief operating officer, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and Eleanor Savage, program director, Jerome Foundation. They will discuss the committee’s latest data project, upcoming programming, and will give you the 411 on how you too can join the Support for Individual Artist Committee!


Welcome to Oakland!: Nadia Elokdah, Shelley Trott, and Roberto Bedoya

Recorded September 13, 2018
In this podcast, Grantmakers in the Arts welcomes you to Oakland, home to vibrant creatives, diverse communities, a heritage of activism, and the home of the GIA’s 2018 annual conference Race, Space, Place. We speak with Nadia Elokdah, Grantmakers in the Arts deputy director and director of programs; Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs manager for the City of Oakland, California; and Shelley Trott, director, Arts Strategy & Ventures, Kenneth Rainin Foundation. They give us some background on the city of Oakland, tell us why this is the best city or “town” for the 2018 GIA Conference: Race, Space, and Place, and what we can expect at the conference.


Arts Advocacy Series: Eddie Torres, Sam Massol, and Jessica Mele on Arts Advocacy

Recorded April 11, 2018
We speak with Eddie Torres, Grantmakers in the Arts president and CEO, Jessica Mele, program officer in Performing Arts at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Sam Massol, director of Advocacy and Engagement at the Center for Arts Education. They explore advocacy through an arts education lens in discussion about how funders can support their grantees in advocating for the arts given the current national landscape.


Arts Advocacy Series: Eddie Torres, Kerry McCarthy, and E. San San Wong on Arts Advocacy

Recorded March 19, 2018
We kicked off our Arts Advocacy series last month and we are excited to provide more insight on how you can become an arts advocate. This podcast features Eddie Torres, Grantmakers in the Arts president & CEO, Kerry McCarthy, GIA board vice chair and New York Community Trust program director of Thriving Communities: Arts and Historic Preservation and, E. San San Wong, GIA board member and Barr Foundation director of Arts and Creativity. They take a deeper dive into a discussion about what foundations and funders can do to support advocacy and lobbying efforts, and strategies for funders in the current national landscape.


Arts Advocacy Series: Eddie Torres, Narric W. Rome, and Alex Nock on Arts Advocacy

Recorded February 20, 2018
We speak with Grantmakers in the Arts President & CEO, Eddie Torres, Americans for the Arts Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Narric W. Rome, and Penn Hill Group Principal, Alex Nock. They explore the question, "What now?" in discussion about the tax bill, arts advocacy efforts, and strategies for funders in the current national landscape.


Regina Smith and Sharnita Johnson

Recorded September, 2017
We speak with 2017 GIA Conference committee chair Regina Smith of The Kresge Foundation and committee member and Detroit native Sharnita Johnson of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. They share what you may not already know about the Motor City, what to expect when visiting Detroit, and what they are excited about for the upcoming conference.

Captain Sara Kass on Healing Arts in the Military

Recorded June, 2017
We speak with Captain Sara Kass, MD, a military and medical advisor for Creative Forces: NEA’s Military Healing Arts Network. Dr. Kass shares her thoughts on the role of the arts in helping current military members, veterans, and their loved ones heal from emotional and physical injuries resulting from their service.

Wendy Hsu on Innovations in Data Collection

Recorded March, 2017
We speak with Wendy Hsu, PhD, senior project coordinator and digital strategist at the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). They share some of the innovative research projects that DCA has been embarking on to collect more meaningful data that is driven and used by staff in different city departments and Los Angeles community members. This includes the digital literacy incubator project, Lab at DCA.

Arni Fishbaugh on Funding in Rural Communities

Recorded December, 2016
Janet Brown, president & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, speaks with Arlynn (Arni) Fishbaugh on funding in rural communities and what she has in store in retirement after 24 years at Montana Arts Council.

Vickie Benson and Glyn Northington on What Makes the Twin Cities a Special Place

Recorded July, 2016
We speak with 2016 GIA Conference co-chairs, Vickie Benson of The McKnight Foundation and Glyn Northington of Nonprofits Assistance Fund, on the special characteristics of the Twin Cities and its artistic community. They also share what they are looking forward to at the conference in October.

Eric Booth on Building the Field of Teaching Artistry

Recorded June 23, 2016
We speak with author and educator Eric Booth on the field of teaching artistry and what the US can learn from abroad to increase arts education access for all children. Read his article “The Time Has Come for a National Field of Teaching Artistry” published in the Fall 2015 edition of GIA Reader.

Gay Hanna on Creative Aging and Her Retirement

Recorded May 3, 2016
We speak with Gay Hanna from the National Center for Creative Aging as she readies for retirement after serving over 30 years managing in the arts, education, and health sectors.

Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz on Creating the Momentum Fellowship

Recorded April 6, 2016
We speak with Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz from Philanthropy Northwest about creating the Momentum Fellowship, a regional program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities for successful careers in the philanthropic sector. (Referenced blog post: “Why Philanthropy Should Care about Black Male Achievement.”)

Dameun Strange on Leadership Cultivation

Recorded March 22, 2016
We speak with Dameun Strange from Bush Foundation about being a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow and what the fellowship means for cultivating leadership from underrepresented communities.

Justin Laing on Reflections of GIA Board Service

Recorded January 5, 2016
We speak with former GIA board member Justin Laing from The Heinz Endowments about his service on the GIA board, racial equity, and his hopes for the future of our field.

More podcasts are coming! Watch this page for additions.