Grantmakers in the Arts 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.

We hope you will join us, and be sure to stay tuned for future podcasts!


To kick us off, Grantmakers in the Arts President & CEO Eddie Torres discusses why GIA values and centers racial equity via a stroll through the history of arts funding, a review of ways that GIA is collaborating with others to continue centering racial equity in concrete ways both within the GIA and externally, and how GIA will continue this creative collaboration in order to continue the work across sectors. Join us for our first podcast of the series on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.


The 2020 Grantmakers in the Arts Racial Equity Podcast Series continues! In this episode, we hear from Adriana Rios, director of programs, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and Luisa Martinez, socially-engaged artist, Artivistas in Residencia, Otros Dreams en Acción. Join us for our second podcast of the series on Tuesday February 18, 2020 as they discuss supporting immigrant artists and border communities.


In 21st century philanthropy we face the unfortunate truth that only 4% of cultural philanthropy goes to organizations of color. However, leaders in the field are redefining grantmaking and offering strategic ways to sustain and uplift ALAANA communities. Join us for two podcasts on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 as we hear from ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities’ Anthony Simmons, manager of Racial Equity in Grantmaking Program, and Edward Jones, vice president of Programs; and DéLana R.A. Dameron, chief strategist at Red Olive Consulting and founder of the Black Arts Futures Fund on how they are supporting ALAANA communities.