Racial Equity Community of Practice for Experienced Practitioners Workshop

The GIA Racial Equity Community of Practice for Experienced Practitioners workshop focuses on building a community of practice between participants as they design or re-design their funding to be anti-racist.This Community of Practice workshop series is rooted in peer-to-peer dialogue between participants as they share their ongoing efforts, building their ability to critique, to strategize, and to plan.

This workshop is most appropriate for those who have previously participated, have already participated in racial equity, racial justice, or anti-racist trainings, or have experience designing or redesigning their funding as anti-racist.

The GIA team has designed this advanced workshop as a continuation of our support to the field and to complement our foundational/grounding Racial Equity in Arts Funding Workshop, which was collaboratively developed with Race Forward and True North EDI.

GIA has been offering racial equity workshops for grantmakers since 2017 to overwhelmingly positive feedback. We offer these two workshop series as a way to support funders with nuts-and-bolts guidance on how to better serve African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) communities through their grantmaking as well as to create a growing peer-to-peer community for learning and support.

We have adapted our workshops from the in-person format to offer them safely to you online. The new three-part structure will create more opportunities for reflection and dialogue without sacrificing the rich content we have prepared.

The workshop will be 12 hours and divided into four 3-hour modules.

Upcoming workshops:

September workshop series [ REGISTER TO ATTEND ]:

  • Wednesday, September 8 | noon-3:00pm EDT / 9:00am-noon PDT
  • Friday, September 17 | noon-3:00pm EDT / 9:00am-noon PDT
  • Wednesday, September 22 | noon-3:00pm EDT / 9:00am-noon PDT
  • Tuesday, September 28 | noon-3:00pm EDT / 9:00am-noon PDT

For the deaf or hard of hearing, live captioning is available by request. Please contact GIA Program Manager Sherylynn Sealy at least four (4) business days prior to the workshop to request live captioning.

In the spirit of mutual aid, we charge those with the largest grantmaking budgets a higher fee so that we are able to secure the participation and perspectives of those with smaller professional development budgets.

Grantmaking budget Workshop fee per participant Workshop fee for 2 participants or more
Up to $1,999,999 $350 per participant $300 per participant
Public Agencies $350 per participant $300 per participant
National Partners $350 per participant $300 per participant
$2,000,000 - $4,999,999 $425 per participant $375 per participant
$5,000,000 and above $1200 per participant $950 per participant

Workshop Facilitators

Nadia Elokdah
Nadia Elokdah
Vice President & Director of Programs, Grantmakers in the Arts
Nadia Elokdah is an urbanist, designer, and cultural producer. She currently serves as deputy director and director of programs for Grantmakers in the Arts. Most recently she served as special projects manager with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and she coordinated and co-authored the City’s Monuments Commission and CreateNYC, the first-ever comprehensive cultural plan for NYC in 2017. In this role, she coordinated and led hundreds of engagements with a broad cross-section of the peoples, communities, and stakeholders city-wide. Elokdah is a trained architect and design strategist, researcher, professor, and published author. She holds a Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice from Parsons The New School for Design and a Bachelors of Architecture from Temple University.
Justin Laing
Justin Laing
Principal, Hillombo
Before starting Hillombo in 2017, Justin worked as a Senior Program Officer of Arts & Culture at The Heinz Endowments for more than a decade. His work focused on small and midsized arts organizations, out of school time arts education and Black arts organizations, with a particular interest in participatory grantmaking. He came to philanthropy having worked for ten years as the Assistant Director of Nego Gato, Inc, an Afro Brazilian Music, Dance, and Martial Arts company where he taught, performed and ran the day-to-day operations. Justin has a BA in Black Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters Degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Justin serves as the co-chair of ArtsinHD, an arts planning and creation process in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to support the neighborhood’s master plan and mark the neighborhood as a place for liberatory Black culture. Justin is the son of Susan and Clarence Laing, the father of Kufere, Etana and Adeyemi Laing, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Sherylynn Sealy
Sherylynn Sealy
Program Manager, Grantmakers in the Arts
Sherylynn Sealy is a strategist, artist, yoga instructor, and educator with a varied background. Prior to her role with Grantmakers in the Arts, Sealy was a philanthropy fellow with the New York Community Trust where she engaged with arts and culture funders and organizations across New York City. She previously served as a consultant for the New Haven Mayor’s Office and Superintendent’s Office on their implementation of the city-wide Youth Stat Initiative. Managing over 200 student-cases, she served as the point of contact for schools and local partners. She served on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee and is the producing artistic director at Greater Glory Nazarene Ministries in Brooklyn, NY. She continues to explore her passion for performing arts, traveling, and spreading a message of hope. She holds a Masters of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University, Bachelors of Science in Education and Psychology from Northeastern University, and is a Teach for America alumna.
Edwin Torres
Edwin Torres
President & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts
Edwin Torres joined Grantmakers in the Arts in October 2017. He most recently served as deputy commissioner of Cultural Affairs for New York City. Torres served on the GIA board of directors from 2011 through 2016. Prior to joining the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he was a program officer with The Rockefeller Foundation. He prior served as director of external partnerships for Parsons The New School for Design. He has also served on the arts and culture team at The Ford Foundation as well as on the staff of the Bronx Council on the Arts. He holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Management from The New School.

GIA’s workshops include such guest speakers and co-facilitators as:

Randy Engstrom
Randy Engstrom
Board member, LANGSTON
Randy Engstrom has been a passionate advocate and organizer of cultural and community development for over 15 years. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty at the Seattle University Arts Leadership Program and an independent consultant focused on cultural policy, organizational development and racial equity. Most recently he served as Director of the Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Seattle where he expanded their investments in granting programs and Public Art, while establishing new programs and policies in arts education, cultural space affordability, and racial equity. He served as Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission in 2011 after serving two years as Vice-Chair, and was Chair of the Facilities and Economic Development Committee from 2006 to 2010. Previously he served as the Founding Director of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, a multimedia/multidisciplinary community space that offers youth and community member’s access to arts, technology, and cultural resources. Prior to Youngstown, Randy spent three years as the Founding CEO of Static Factory Media, an artist development organization that owned and operated a record label, bar/performance venue, graphic design house, recording studio, and web development business. In 2009 Randy received the Emerging Leader Award from Americans for the Arts and was one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. He is a graduate of the Evergreen State College in Olympia, and he received his Executive Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.
Angelique Power
Sharnita C. Johnson
Program Director, Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Sharnita C. Johnson directs The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s arts grants, which foster a diverse and vibrant arts ecosystem, create broad-based public support of the arts, and support communities engaged in creative placemaking in New Jersey. Prior to joining Dodge, Johnson managed a $25 million grantmaking portfolio in education, health, and family economic security at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Michigan. Her arts career began in development at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the historic Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit. Johnson later joined the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, then co-founding the Council of Michigan Foundations Arts Affinity Group, which led to implementing the Cultural Data Project (DataArts) and later establishing Detroit's first community public art program. Johnson holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Bachelor of Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit.
Angelique Power
Angelique Power
President, The Field Foundation of Illinois
Angelique Power is president of The Field Foundation of Illinois. Previously, she served as program director for The Joyce Foundation’s culture program where she focused on strengthening and diversifying arts organizations, building capacity within the arts sector, and investing in the creative capital of artists of color through the Joyce Awards. Power has more than 15 years of experience in communications and outreach and has served as director of communications and community engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She also developed and managed philanthropic efforts as a senior manager in community relations for Target Corporation.
Caitlin Strokosch
Caitlin Strokosch
Executive Director, National Performance Network
Caitlin Strokosch was appointed president and CEO of the National Performance Network in 2016. Most recently, she served the Alliance of Artists Communities – an international association of artist residency centers – from 2002 to 2016. Strokosch’s work over the last decade has focused on artist- and community-centered practices, organizational sustainability, and responsive philanthropy in the arts. She served for six years as a member of GIA’s Board of Directors, where she served on the Racial Equity committee. Strokosch has a BA in music performance from Columbia College and a Master’s in musicology from Roosevelt University, where her research focused on arts as a tool for building communities of resistance.
Marcus Walton
Marcus Walton
President & CEO, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Marcus F. Walton joins GEO with over a decade of practice in both nonprofit management and the ontological learning model. He specializes in operationalizing conceptual frameworks; racial equity facilitation and training; leadership and management strategy; stakeholder engagement; program development and navigating philanthropy.

In his previous role as Director of Racial Equity Initiatives for Borealis Philanthropy, Marcus lead the Racial Equity Initiatives team and worked in partnership with 18 nationally-networked, philanthropy-serving grantee organizations to move past the “transactional” nature of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to a unified movement which prioritizes strategies that close gaps in access to opportunity, resources and well-being (across all categories of gender, identity, sexual orientation, class and ability).

Before that, Marcus served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), where he oversaw its operations, HR and staff development functions, including the overall strategy, conceptualization and administration of racial equity programming. Prior to ABFE, he combined his organizing experience and passion for public service in the role of Program Officer of Community Responsive Grantmaking with the Cleveland Foundation and Sr. Program Officer with Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

Marcus is a Newfield Network-trained ontological coach, with additional training in the Action Learning systems coaching model. He promotes coaching as a tool for personal mastery, racial equity & systems change, social sector excellence and transformation within marginalized communities.

Marcus received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Bowling Green State University and has continued graduate studies in public administration at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Public Policy as well as Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.