2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership


Artists & Place: Insights/Incites on Site


Saturday, October 28, 8am-4:30pm
Artist Village

Individual artists simultaneously occupy and transform the sites where they reside, work, and perform. This preconference explores artists’ roles in our understanding of “place”; how their literal and figurative positions in the arts ecosystem inform, inspire, activate, or sometimes suppress their creative work; and the funder’s role in supporting or impeding them. Discussion questions include: How are artists’ power and positionality used in place, especially in the historic preservation, equitable development, or transformation of community? What is the responsibility, if any, of funders to tear down walls that restrict access? In addition to these questions, we will interrogate common ideas and language used to describe creative work in places, including the premise that belonging to community is inherently geographic in nature.

More information on this preconference.

Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy


Saturday, October 28, 8am-4:30pm
Cadillac B for Group A. LaSalle B for Group B.

Grantmakers in the Arts debuts its new workshop on racial equity in arts philanthropy during this day-long preconference. The Center for Social Inclusion (New York, NY) will provide an overview of the systems that reflect our history and drive many of our current portfolios. Grantmakers in the Arts’ team of arts philanthropists will lead a discussion of how our grantmaking can impact change for African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) artists and communities, signifying a new beginning of equitable philanthropy in the nonprofit arts sector.

More information on Group A and Group B this preconference.


Detroit Cultural and Community Tour


Saturday, October 28

Explore some of the unique arts organizations and communities of Detroit. We will begin with breakfast at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and then board a bus for a day of cultural and community exploration. Joining the tour will be Ed Egnatios, program officer at W.K. Kellogg Foundation, who will provide an overview of Detroit and its neighborhoods. The tour will include:

9:00am:Bus departs hotel
4:30pm:Bus returns to hotel
Tour Planning Committee:
  • Christina deRoos, Kresge Arts in Detroit
  • Kamilah Henderson, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • Sharnita Johnson, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Alycia Socia, The Kresge Foundation
  • Jim McDonald, Grantmakers in the Arts