2018 GIA Conference
Race, Space, and Place
Oakland, CA  |  October 21–24

2018 Conference Committee

  • Shelley Trott, Kenneth Rainin Foundation (Chair)
  • Roberto Bedoya, City of Oakland
  • Tom DeCaigny, San Francisco Arts Commission
  • Emiko Ono, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Frances Phillips, Walter & Elise Haas Fund
  • Ted Russell, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
  • Eddie Torres, Grantmakers in the Arts
  • Nadia Elokdah, Grantmakers in the Arts

GIA Board of Directors

Officers and Executive Committee

Angelique Power, chair
The Field Foundation of Illinois
Kerry McCarthy, vice-chair
The New York Community Trust
Sharnita C. Johnson, secretary
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Glyn Northington, treasurer
Propel Nonprofits


T. Lulani Arquette
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
Roberto Bedoya
City of Oakland
Denise Brown
Leeway Foundation
Anita Contini
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Jaime Dempsey
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Randy Engstrom
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Susan Feder
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Ken Grossinger
CrossCurrents Foundation
Tatiana Hernandez
The Kresge Foundation
Amy Kitchener
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Arleta Little
The McKnight Foundation
Ken May
South Carolina Arts Commission
Ted Russell
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Gary Steuer
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
Caitlin Strokosch
National Performance Network / Visual Artists Network
F. Javier Torres
Surdna Foundation
San San Wong
Barr Foundation

GIA Staff

  • Jan Bailie, Operations & Finance Advisor
  • Steve Cline, Web & Knowledge Manager
  • Yessica Corporán, Membership Manager
  • Carmen Graciela Díaz, Communications & Publications Manager
  • Nadia Elokdah, Deputy Director & Director of Programs
  • Sylvia Jung, Development Manager
  • Champ Knecht, Director of Operations & Finance
  • Linda Mikkelsen, Conference Planning Consultant
  • Sherylynn Sealy, Program Manager
  • Eddie Torres, President & CEO

Thank you to spoken word artist Sarah O’Neal, film director Jamie DeWolf, video editor Adam Parmalee and assistant director Asher Kennedy for creating the video on the front page of this website. We’re grateful to the many organizations and people who provided imagery for this video, including: Alena Musuem, American Steel Studios, Attitudinal Healing Connection and the Oakland Mural Project, Bandaloop, California Arts Council, City of Oakland, Community Rejuvenation Project for Universal Language and AfrikaTown murals, Deep Waters Dance Theater & Amara Tabor-Smith, Destiny Arts Center, Eastside Arts Alliance, Fantastic Negrito, Laney College, Omi Gallery for “Our Container for Collective Artivism,” Oakland First Fridays, Oakland Metro, People’s Kitchen Collective, The Unity Council for the Dia de Los Muertos Festival, Tourettes Without Regrets, Visit Oakland and Youth Speaks for Life is Living. And a special thank you to the artists and communities for the murals we included from these locations: 250 – 14th Street, 1611 – 17th Street, 17th & Peralta Streets, 26th & Willow Streets, 970 Grace Avenue, 1960 Mandela Parkway, 1537 Webster Street, and 1629 Webster Street.