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

Breaking Down Barriers

Monday, October 17, 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Kellogg I

Organized by Denise Brown, Executive Director, Leeway Foundation; and Tatiana Hernandez, Arts Director, Hemera Foundation.

Moderated by Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Oakland. Presented by Lisa Dent, Director, Resources & Award Programs / Interim Director, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, Creative Capital; and Bahia Ramos, Arts Program Director, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

All too often, foundations build walls between themselves and the communities they seek to work with through policies and procedures that take a legal mind to sort through. This session will look at standard practices, beginning with general communications and outreach through post-award support and technical assistance, through an equity lens to see if “best practices” aren’t part of the problem. Speakers will include a range of arts funders, from intermediaries to large private philanthropies.