Arts Funding, Storytelling, and the Importance of Narrative Change
Thursday, May 2, 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT
- Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo, Beloved Community Fund program officer, Akonadi Foundation
- Rinku Sen, writer and political strategist
Session 3 of the 2019 Webinar Series.
Grantmakers in the Arts is a community of practice with a shared vision of investing in arts and culture as strategy for social change. One of the major issues we are exploring is dominant and/or mainstream narratives that continue to live on and perpetuate racialized practices and outcomes. With a system that is not broken, but rather structured intentionally to foster inequitable and unjust outcomes, the need for narrative change is more urgent now than ever. “Humans,” Ella Saltmarshe writes, “have always used stories to make sense out of our chaotic world.” Narrative change, “frequently involves collaboration across difference, bringing together actors with very different positions to re-envision the goals of a system and to change it.”
We seek to elevate the importance of changing narratives among arts and culture funders, and we invite you to join us kick off this narrative change series. Join us on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 2pm EDT/11am PDT to hear from Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo, Beloved Community Fund program officer, Akonadi Foundation, and Rinku Sen, writer and political strategist. They will anchor the series with a discussion on the national discourse around narrative change, how artists are using storytelling to facilitate this shift, and what this means for funders.
For the deaf or hard of hearing, live captioning is available by request. Please contact Sherylynn Sealy, GIA program manager, at least three (3) business days prior to the webinar to request live captioning.