Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: Update and Action Steps

Monday, October 15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

La Gorce

Organized by Judi Jennings, executive director, Kentucky Foundation for Women; Ron Ragin, program officer, performing arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; F. Javier Torres, senior program officer, The Boston Foundation.

Presented by Holly Sidford, president, Helicon Collaborative; Angelique Power, senior program officer; The Joyce Foundation.

At last year's conference, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s report, Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change, sparked fruitful discussions (and respectful differences) about how GIA members and allies can advance equity in arts and culture funding. The report, GIA blogs, and a Reader article recognized challenges and also pointed to useful pathways to change, including sustaining the canons, nurturing the new, arts education, and arts-based community and economic development. In this session, participants will explore how funders and practitioners have mediated challenges, created awareness, and developed change strategies over the last year. Moving from conversation to action, participants will discuss concrete steps that funders and cultural organizations can take to create healthy funding ecosystems.