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.
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.