SEATTLE AND NEW YORK — Edwin Torres, deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, has been selected by the Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) board of directors as the organization’s new president & CEO. Torres will become GIA’s third CEO after a national search for a successor to current CEO Janet Brown, who will step down at the end of 2017.
Press Room and Announcements
SEATTLE – Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) is pleased to announce the recent election of three new members of its board of directors. Jaime Dempsey, deputy director of Arizona Commission on the Arts; Ken May, executive director of South Carolina Arts Commission; and Sharnita C. Johnson, arts program director of The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation have each been elected for a three-year term beginning January 2017.
SEATTLE — Janet Brown, president and CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), has announced that she will step down from her leadership role in the organization as of December 31, 2017. Grantmakers in the Arts is a national association of public and private arts funders and provides members with resources and leadership to support artists and arts organizations. Brown has been CEO of GIA since January 1, 2009.
SEATTLE — Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) has released an expansion of its landmark Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose, providing resources, recommendations, and actionable steps to assist grantmakers in advancing racial equity in arts philanthropy. As a growing number of funding institutions begin to examine the history and impacts of systemic racism across the sector, GIA serves as a hub for arts funders participating in this work.