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Posted on October 26, 2021 by Nadia Elokdah

National Performance Network (NPN) recently announced inaugural awardees of the Take Notice Fund, a pilot program awarding $5,000 grants to artists and culture bearers of color living and working throughout Louisiana whose bodies of work represent excellence, dedication to their practices, and contributions to this country’s discourse about racial equity and cultural preservation.

Posted on July 26, 2021 by Nadia Elokdah

The LA County Department of Arts and Culture (Arts and Culture) is issuing this Request for Proposals to businesses, organizations, and individuals that are interested in and qualified to provide an Arts and Culture Needs Assessment for Los Angeles County. An early implementation action of the Countywide Cultural Policy, the Needs Assessment will help Arts and Culture understand the potential impact of the policy and inform long-term planning for arts and culture in the region.

Posted on January 4, 2021 by Nadia Elokdah

“The only way to achieve equity is to expose how white privilege exists from top to bottom in many…cultural institutions, making it nearly impossible for artists of color to tell their stories on their own terms,” writes Salamishah Tillet, in The New York Times. “Fortunately,” Tillet continues, “Black artists are not waiting around for change to happen, slowly or suddenly.”

Posted on January 22, 2020 by Nadia Elokdah

While it is clearly not the role of funders to play matchmaker and attempt to merge grantees, a new category of funding requests is growing – and that is organizations seeking funds for consultants to help them evaluate and implement … Continue reading

Posted on August 20, 2019 by Nadia Elokdah

In July, funding for the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) was eliminated using a line-item budget veto in a decision by governor Mike Dunleavy, who took office in December. Alaska lawmakers fell short in attempts to override the vetoes, explained AP.

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Nadia Elokdah

As we come to the close of February, and therefore the close of Black History Month, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the many posts sharing black stories. There have been calls reminding us to celebrate #blackgirlmagic, to speak out the truth that #BlackLivesMatter, and reminders that movements only succeed when we’re all active and engaged. For these reasons, we at GIA commit ourselves to racial equity in our work, our team, and in the field.