2016 GIA Conference
Saint Paul, MN   October 16–19
A Confluence of People, Cultures, and Ideas

Three Funding Agencies Walk Into a Bar

Partnership for Equity

Monday, October 17, 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Governors II

Organized and presented by Heather Dwyer, Program Manager, 4Culture; and Irene Gómez, Project Manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Moderated by Katy Hannigan, Artist Liaison, Artist Trust.

Two public agencies (4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture) and a private nonprofit funding intermediary (Artist Trust) have joined forces to tackle persistent and common inequities in funding for, and use of their services by, individual artists of color in the Puget Sound region. With a shared commitment and modest assets, this funder collaborative implemented a pilot program, Artists Up, with the goal of creating change by shifting agency paradigms and influencing the larger regional landscape for ALAANA artists. In this session, Artists Up partners will address how goals and process were approached in tandem with constituents. Presenters will also share strategies, challenges, research, frameworks, impact, and their future work with individual ALAANA artists in their respective service areas.