Occasionally, Grantmakers in the Arts presents special programs important to cultural funding that are related to yet outside of the standard funding focus areas. These special series often take an intersectional approach to unpacking complex ideas, questions, and strategies and are presented in multiple formats, from webinars to podcasts to Twitter chats. Special series feature interviews with artists and leaders in the cultural community, the field of arts funding, and beyond that, in and adjacent to social justice philanthropy.
As the coronavirus continues to spread and its impacts change our daily lives, Grantmakers in the Arts has provided and compiled resources to support arts and culture funders as we navigate recovery and response. From webinars and podcasts to zoom calls and calls to action, responses from GIA, our members, and our fellow PSOs aim to provide guidance during this time.
Racial Equity Podcast Series
GIA is a community of practice with a shared vision of investing in arts and culture as a strategy for social change. Since 2008, GIA has been elevating racial equity as a critical issue affecting the field. To actualize this work within the sector, GIA published its Racial Equity in Arts Funding Statement of Purpose in 2015 and the journey has reaffirmed the many intersections at play as we leverage our dollars for the deepest impact.
As a part of our continued efforts, we are glad to introduce the Grantmakers in the Arts Racial Equity Podcast Series. In this series, we will discuss racial justice and racial equity with funders, lawyers, artists, arts administrators, and other key players in the funding ecosystem speaking about mentorship, immigration, criminal justice, radical imaginaries, and other topics to get a deeper understanding of how we can all be agents of change.
Narrative Change Series
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 and/or mainstream narratives that continue to live on and perpetuate racialized practices and outcomes. With a system that is not broken, but rather structured intentionally to foster inequitable and unjust outcomes, the need for narrative change is more urgent now than ever. “Humans,” Ella Saltmarshe writes, “have always used stories to make sense out of our chaotic world.” Narrative change “frequently involves collaboration across difference, bringing together actors with very different positions to re-envision the goals of a system and to change it.”
We seek to elevate the importance of changing narratives among arts and culture funders, and we are excited to kick off our very first narrative change series! See below for a list of featured speakers and online learning events.