Grantmakers in the Arts is committed to addressing structural inequities and increasing philanthropic and government support for African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) artists and arts organizations. Racial equity is a lens through which GIA aims to conduct all of its work, as well as a specific area of its programming. Since 2008, GIA has been elevating racial equity as a critical issue affecting the field. To actualize this work within the sector, GIA published its Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose in 2015. Through webinars, articles, convenings, and conference sessions, GIA provides training and information to support arts funders in addressing historic and structural inequity.
An historical outline of GIA's recent work in equity is available online, including GIA Reader articles, blog posts, and YouTube videos from past conference keynote sessions.
The recent Helicon Collaborative report examines continuing (and increased) inequities in funding to culturally-specific arts organizations across the country. An article in American Theatre discusses the results of the study and offers data and examples from cities facing funding equity challenges, including how some have made intentional efforts toward progress.
The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation has released a report evaluating the social impact of the four pilot projects of its Community Inspiration Program. The evaluation framework layers multiple approaches to holistically consider the effect these projects had within their communities and on the issues the artists strove to address: climate change, the veracity of Indigenous knowledge, US/Mexico border relations, the definition of community, and storytelling for social and environmental justice.
In a three-part series of articles, Helicon Collaborative has released the key findings of its study on cultural equity issues in philanthropy:
With funding from the Ford Foundation, Dance/NYC has launched a $500,000 fund to make operating grants to “small dance makers” with annual operating budgets between $25,000 and $1 million, with priority given to groups led by ALAANA artists. As reported by Crain’s New York Business:
Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation has selected sixty New York City arts and cultural organizations to participate in their Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab, a year-long training program to improve racial equity in the arts and culture sector.
The Building Movement Project has released a report about the gap in representation of ALAANA individuals in leadership positions at nonprofits. The report has implications for organizations of all types, including recommendations for funders. As reported by Nonprofit Quarterly: