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Posted on November 10, 2020 by Tram Nguyen

This session shared findings from a partnership between GIA and the Cultural Strategies Council and the National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation to explore how non-arts funders can transform their practice to advance racial justice via cultural expression and the arts.

As another systems practitioner aspiring to transformational systems change (from the public health sector and local government), I greatly appreciated and enjoyed the breadth and sharpness of this panel’s expertise and analysis. First was the reminder by Kiley Arroyo of the Cultural Strategies Council that transformational change involves engaging multiple levers at once—at the foundational level, that of “deep culture” or paradigm change. What happens when we start by decentering the Western, settler colonial, extractive worldview? What happens when we start with a different story?

Posted on November 10, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Forecast Public Art recently released ArtPlace: 10 Years, a publication that tells the story and the work of ArtPlace America.

Posted on November 9, 2020 by Tram Nguyen

The 2020 GIA Virtual Convening kicked off today, the first day after a historic week that we are all still taking in and absorbing into our minds, hearts, and bodies. Fittingly, the convening’s keynote began with a performance by viBe Theater Experience, grounding us in the expression through words, music, and movement of Black girls, young women, and gender expansive youth. The keynote panel then moved into a conversation among Sage Crump, Ruha Benjamin and Salome Asega. I don’t need to point out how absolutely right, apropos, and profound it felt to hear Black women’s leadership, wisdom, and creativity at the forefront in this moment!

Posted on November 5, 2020 by Eddie

In a recent series of blog posts entitled The Future We Want, I laid out findings from a number of recent studies of how the grantmaking community has responded to the events of 2020, including the pandemic and the movement for Black lives. Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) has conducted a survey of recent and upcoming changes in arts grantmaking practices, receiving 142 responses, a response rate of over 50% of our members.

Posted on November 3, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

A new digital publication from Public Art Forecast, FORWARD, recently released its first issue, How Artists Help Drive Better Public Health Outcomes, focused on public health and artists.

Posted on November 3, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Coco Fusco writes in Hyperallergic that “equity won’t be achieved by a new biennial, another emerging artist of color survey, or a record auction sale by a Black artist.”

Posted on November 1, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

For the month of November, GIA’s photo banner features work supported by Alternate ROOTS.

Posted on October 28, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The Education Commission of the States released a policy brief that "captures the discussion, insights and policy considerations that came out of a Thinkers Meeting with 11 experts in the arts education and juvenile justice fields. It builds on the report, “Engaging the Arts Across the Juvenile Justice System,” by providing examples for building sustainable, arts-based programming."

Posted on October 27, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

In "The Quantum Nature of Black Revolutionary Theatre" part of Black Theatre Commons' A Call for Revolutionary Theatre 2020 series, Sage Crump discusses how quantum ideas "evident in nature and how our communities organize outside of government control, can support honing the practice of Black Revolutionary Theatre."

Posted on October 27, 2020 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

A recent report describes tools that cultural districts can use to spur investment and create new revenue streams while protecting the local character and neighborhood identity.