The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2017 fellows, 24 “exceptionally creative people” who will each receive a $625,000 award over five years. Among this year’s fellows are opera director Yuval Sharon, writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, photographer Dawoud Bey, and journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Support for Individual Artists
GIA members have been working together to promote and improve funding for individual artists for over 20 years. The Support for Individual Artists Committee has been one of the most active groups of funders within GIA. Over the years, the committee has been an incubator for such projects as a scan of scholarly research on artist support, a visual timeline outlining the history of artist support funding, major publications, and programs, and the development of a national taxonomy for reporting data on support for individual artists. The committee continues to advise, inspire, and inform GIA’s thought leadership and programming in support for individual artists.
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The Ford Foundation has selected a new round of recipients for its Art of Change fellowship, including several who have supported and participated in Grantmakers in the Arts programming over the years:
From Arts Professional:
Focusing on improving diversity in the performing arts and tackling a “chronic culture of low pay or no pay,” the report emphasizes the importance of reforming education in schools, opening up access to drama schools, and increasing representation in both artistic and non-artistic roles.
The Sustainable Arts Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2017 awards. Visual artists and writers who have at least one child under the age of 18 are eligible to apply.
They have increased their funding for 2017 and will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists and writers. At least half of their awards will go to applicants of color.
GIA gratefully remembers the thoughtful contributions of Ebony McKinney, San Francisco Arts Commission, who served on the Individual Artists Support Committee until her untimely passing on July 29, 2017.
An article on Artsy highlights a recent initiative and report by Upstart Co-Lab advocating the value of artists’ innovation and problem-solving skills in business settings: