Programs & Events

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) strives to better inform philanthropic practice to effectively address the urgent needs facing artists, arts organizations, and arts educators. through conferences, workshops, and webinars; publications including the GIA Reader; research and policy work across the field of philanthropy; and communication tools on our website.

Annual Conference

The GIA Conference provides the only opportunity for arts grantmakers from across the country to come together to share knowledge and ideas, develop collective strategies, and learn about the latest initiatives in arts grantmaking. The conference features plenary sessions by leaders in the field, peer-organized discussions and reports, panels investigating policies and practices in arts grantmaking, site visits, and artist-led sessions. GIA's conferences employ the unique arts and cultural resources of each host city to inform and illuminate topics in arts and cultural philanthropy. Extensive archives of past conferences and other live events, including sound and video, are available in Conference Archives.


GIA’s webinars are designed for both emerging and experienced grantmakers with information and discussions that inform their day-to-day practices. These programs are free to members and available at a minimal charge to nonmembers. Past webinars have addressed topics including arts education, evaluations, support for individual artists, racial equity in arts philanthropy, and research relevant to the arts grantmaking field. View upcoming and past webinars here.

Forums & Workshops

GIA’s forums and workshops are one- or two-day convenings for funders to gather to learn about and discuss issues critical to the field. Forums offer an opportunity for peer learning and open discussion on best practices and future action, while workshops led by experts in the field offer deep-dive training for grantmakers to help improve practices and outcomes. Learn more about forums and workshops here. An archive of materials from past forums, including video, slides, and summary articles, is available in the library.


The GIA Podcast features 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.