Forums, Summits, & Workshops

GIA’s summits and workshops are one- or two-day convenings for funders to gather to learn about and discuss issues critical to the field. Forums offer an opportunity for peer learning and open discussion on best practices and future action, while workshops led by experts in the field offer deep-dive training for grantmakers to help improve practices and outcomes.


Racial Equity in Arts Funding

GIA’s Racial Equity in Arts Funding workshops have been designed to help participants recognize that cultural funding is a system that has been historically racialized like so many societal systems and to help guide our approaches to re-designing cultural funding as an anti-racist system.

The GIA Racial Equity in Arts Funding workshop includes information on the history of racialization in the United States, the history of cultural funding, and real-world stories of success and examples of racial equity funding, strategies, and resources you may bring with you back to your organizations.

Conversations on Capitalization and Community

GIA’s Conversations on Capitalization and Community are specialized workshops, held separately for funders and nonprofit grantees, focusing on what each group can do to support the financial health of nonprofit arts and culture organizations. These workshops provide insights into effective dialogue between funders and grantees and facilitate communication and transparency in discussions between local funders about their community's capital drivers, their institutional values and practices, and how each entity fits into the arts funding ecosystem in their community or region.

Forums & Summits

GIA Summits - formerly Thought Leader Forums - are one or two-day convenings centered on a particular topic important to arts grantmaking. Held in varied locations across the country, these forums bring funders together to discuss best practices, present research, and highlight important work taking place in a specific area of the sector. Documentation and results of the gatherings are published on our website and in the GIA Reader.

Past Events

Funder Forum on Arts in Medicine – February 23, 2017
Arts and Environmental Sustainability Thought Leader Forum – May 25, 2016
Artists in Community Settings Thought Leader Forum – March 2, 2016
Every Child, Every School: Arts Education Funders Coalition Forum – May 7, 2015
Thought Leader Forum on Arts and Aging – April 6, 2011