Outline of GIA’s Work in Equity, 2008–Present
GIA’s work in race and social justice began in 2008 with the creation of the Arts and Social Justice Working Group by Claudine Brown. Initially, GIA focused generally on equity across various identities which have been historically marginalized in philanthropy including race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status. In 2011, GIA’s focus turned specifically to racial equity with a Thought Leader Forum and subsequent actions by the board of directors. At the end of 2014, the GIA Board of Directors established a racial equity board committee, which published GIA’s Racial Equity in Arts Funding Statement of Purpose in March 2015. The statement of purpose and accompanying calls to action continue to be updated regularly.
The following outline of GIA’s work is meant to provide highlights and may not be inclusive of every activity, article, session, or communication.
GIA responded to the events of 2020 by sharing information while continuing to foreground our values.
COVID-19 Info Hub and Resource Page
In 2020 Grantmakers in the Arts doubled our programming to include the COVID-19 Info Hub and Resource Page including original webinars, podcasts and blogs featuring information and first-person reportage on how arts grantmakers are pivoting to support their cultural communities, presenting each through the lens of racial and intersectional equity.
Black Arts & Cultural Funding and Justice Series
Beginning with a collectively written statement from the GIA team on the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing terror of structural racism, GIA compiled a Black Arts & Cultural Funding and Justice Resource Hub, which aims to amplify funds and resources that explicitly center Black artists, cultural communities, and experiences. Additionally, we borrow a lens from the BIPOC project that centers Black and Indigenous folks - whose experiences shape relationships for all ALAANA/POC people’s relationships with white supremacy culture – as another dimension of resource and financial investment intended to realize justice. The hub was curated with the intention of identifying and amplifying funds and resources that support Black artists, culture, and communities.
Additionally, as part of an inaugural Black Philanthropy Month Blog Series during August, GIA featured weekly blogs from Black cultural funders responding to the question: How can cultural grantmaking interrupt institutional and structural racism while building a more just funding ecosystem that prioritizes Black communities, organizations, and artists?
- Black August: How cultural grantmakers can reflect, learn, and connect with Black social justice, GIA
- Black August: “The change I would like to see in cultural grantmaking is a values shift”, Nikki Kirk
- Black August: Healing, community, and connection ➔ Movement, Ted Russell
- Black August: Arts funders should build stability and resilience for Black artists and cultural communities, Tracey Knuckles
- Black August: equity. equity. equity., Shaunda McDill
The 2020 GIA Virtual Convening, GIA’s first online convening, offered our nation’s arts grantmaking field the chance to reflect on the challenges the cultural ecosystem faces – rooted in systemic racism and amplified by the coronavirus pandemic – and imagine new systems of power and practice for a more resilient future. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with survey respondents showing that 97% were satisfied to very satisfied with the overall convening.
- Vibe Theater Experience
- Ruha Benjamin, Salome Asega, and Sage Crump
- Life Escobar
- Maysoon Zayid
- Kyle G. Dargan
- Luis A. Miranda, Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda
In January 2020, GIA partnered with NYGIA to host A Trip Down Memory Lane: Activism, Culture, and the Individual Artist, an exploration of the relationship between philanthropy and funding for individual artists. Hosted by Philanthropy New York, the summit was moderated by Eddie Torres, president and CEO, GIA, and presented by Suzy Delvalle, then president and executive director, Creative Capital; Charles Rice-Gonzalez, co-founder, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, visual artists Miguel Luciano and Dread Scott, and playwright Liza Jessie Peterson – an entirely BIPOC panel. This in-person event was also steamed live on Facebook.
- my father’s lesson (poem), FreeQuency
- Relationship of Data and Funder Practice: Supporting Individual Artists with an Equity Lens, GIA Support for Individual Artists Committee
- To a Resilient New York: Notes from Quarantine, Timothy DuWhite, Ashley August, Ramya Ramana, Nicole Wallace, Marwa Helal, Jan-Henry Gray, Tanaïs, Tarfia Faizullah, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Sonia Guiñansaca, Alan Paez, Ra Malika Imhotep, Jen Lue, Yanyi, JinJin Xu, Eli Clare, Nimo J. Ali, Shannon Finnegan, Pelenakeke Brown
- Mítákuye Oyás’in: Our Approach to “Taking Back Tribalism”, Lori Pourier
- Creating Racial Equity in New York City’s Most Segregated Borough, Elizabeth Bennett
- Supporting Southwest-Based Latinx Dancemakers: Reflections on Dance in the Desert 2019, J. Soto
- Indigenous Mobilization During Pandemic Times, Gaby Strong, Sarah Manning
- A Pandemic, a Movement, and an Agenda for Change, Sharnita C. Johnson, Randy Engstrom
- Contending for Dream Space: Why Cultural Strategy?, Intelligent Mischief
Racial Equity in Arts Funding Workshops
GIA hosted an in-person Racial Equity in Arts Funding workshop on March 9, 2020 in Boston, MA, in partnership with Philanthropy Massachusetts. The workshop was attended by 35 funders. In response to the pandemic, GIA designed the workshop curricula as a three-part series to be offered virtually starting in 2021.
Because it has been the norm for the nonprofit arts sector to be poorly capitalized, GIA launched the National Capitalization Project in 2010. Since then, GIA has provided Conversations on Capitalization and Community funder workshops in over 20 cities across the US. GIA has continued to work with capitalization consultancy Rebecca Thomas Associates to produce the workshops, and in 2020, also worked with cultural strategist and facilitator Sage Crump to update the workshop to reflect the financial implications of the pandemic through an explicit racial equity lens, debuting the now online workshop for South Coast Community Foundation and continuing in 2021.
- An Opportunity - and Charge - for Arts Organizations to Reflect Deeply about Power
- Arts Grantmakers’ Changes in Practice: Present and future
- The Future We Want: Racial and disability justice
- Systems-Change, Equity, and the Role of Philanthropy-Serving Organizations
- A Call for Building Deep Resilience in Arts Funding: The future of our field post-coronavirus
- Reclaiming Narratives: Arts Advocacy and Cultural Policy
- Reimagining the Economy with Innovative Support
- Coronavirus Response: Building a future that reimagines systems for justice
- Responding to Movements: Narrative change and policy
- Arts and Health: Driving us towards stronger communities
- From Appalachia to Alaska: Supporting rural communities and individual artists
In 2020, GIA hosted the Grantmakers in the Arts Racial Equity Podcast Series, which included:
- Centering Racial Equity in Arts Funding
- Supporting Immigrant Artists and Border Communities
- Frameworks for Black Communities and Other Communities of Color
- True Commitment to Radical Imagination
- Radical Practice: Turning over power in foundations
- Strategic Communication for Justice
- The Role of The Arts in Criminal Justice and Policing
Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado
The 2019 annual conference program highlighted many examples of art at the intersection, including the work of Motus Theatre, a company that brings law-enforcement leaders on stage to read the autobiographical monologues of undocumented young adults to dispel the false associations between criminality and immigration status. The conference also featured a mix of artists, organizations, and arts supporters, including Gregg Deal, Yo-Yo Ma, Agnes Gund, and Bryan Stevenson. Revisit the Denver Conference through plenary videos on the GIA YouTube channel.
- Building Racial Equity in Public Art Funding: A Seattle Story, Marcia Iwasaki, Elisheba Johnson, Erika Lindsay
- Place Finding: A Transdisciplinary Deep Dive, Rene Yung
- The Role of Foundations in Achieving Creative Justice, Antonio Cuyler
- Love in Philanthropy: Sharing Power And Building Transparency, F. Javier Torres, Leila Tamari
- Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, Lindsie Bear
- Our Collective Homelands: She’s Your Mother Too, Lulani Arquette
- Are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statements Effective Tools for Foundations?, Morgan Williams
- Contested Memory, Hilary Malson
- Turning Differences into a Source of Creativity and Positive Change, Anne Focke
- Allyship in Arts Grantmaking, Kim Tran
- Annotated Guide to RE-Tool: Racial Equity in the Panel Process, Eleanor Savage, Tariana Navas-Nieves, Kathy Hsieh
- Continuing Embrace of Equity: Bonfils-Stanton’s Journey, Eddie Torres, Gary Steuer
Racial Equity in Arts Funding Workshop
GIA hosted Racial Equity in Arts Funding workshops in Seattle, WA and New Brunswick, NJ with participants joining from the region and neighboring states.
GIA compiled an overview of its racial equity work, including some of the foundational information that informs this work.
Mosaic Network and Fund
GIA served as review committee members for the Mosaic Network and Fund, which grew out of the ALAANA Project. The Mosaic Network and Fund in The New York Community Trust, a collaboration between 19 foundations, recently committed $4.5 million to fund 27 arts groups that are led by, created for, and accountable to ALAANA people in New York City.
- I Already Fund ALAANA Arts Organizations—Now What?
- After the Story, Comes the Critique: Funders leading narrative change efforts
- Arts Funding, Storytelling, and the Importance of Narrative Change
GIA has increasingly prioritized incorporating a racial equity lens to examine and design programming for our other core focus areas of Arts Education, Capitalization and Nonprofit Financial Health, and Support for Individual Artists. While we will continue to share highlights of our racial equity programming, we encourage readers to view all of our work with an eye toward how racial equity manifests.
In 2018, new CEO Eddie Torres began establishing GIA’s new headquarters in the South Bronx. Torres was intentional in cultivating and interviewing a diverse slate of candidates and ensured vetted job descriptions that would minimize any barriers in hiring practices, such as removing the education requirement and including a salary range. This effort to maximize reach resulted in filling five of six positions with ALAANA professionals. GIA supports the professional development and ongoing learning of its staff by providing trainings in such skills as public speaking and in the facilitation of racial justice workshops, dialogues, and discussions.
Annual Conference in Oakland, California
GIA’s annual conference was held in Oakland and had the highest rate of attendance up to that point – over 600 participants. GIA responded to a strike by the conference hotel workers by moving the conference out of the hotel and into the cultural community so that no conference participants would be required to cross a picket line compromising their values. The conference sessions were held in Oakland’s art galleries, theaters, rehearsal rooms, with the plenary sessions held in a circus tent. The GIA team made this change happen within two weeks.
GIA communicated these changes to our members in advance, receiving messages of praise for our standing by workers. By the end of the conference, our participants called it our “best conference ever.” In response to the conference survey, 99% of participants asserted that they were “satisfied” to “extremely satisfied” with the overall conference, as well as the curation of the breakout sessions. Videos from the Oakland Conference are now available at the GIA YouTube Channel.
Racial Equity in Arts Funding workshop
In 2018, GIA expanded the Racial Equity in Arts Funding workshop, which was piloted at the 2017 Detroit conference, and hosted it for 30 grantmakers in Cleveland. In response to the statement, “What I learned from the workshop will be useful to my work,” we had 100% agreement. Out of all workshop participants, 57% “strongly agreed” and 43% “agreed” with the statement. None disagreed.
GIA coupled the Racial Equity in Arts Funding workshop with GIA’s most popular webinar of the year, “Real and Not Real: The history of racialization in the United States,” presented by Race Forward and GIA president Eddie Torres in August 2018. The webinar had a record-breaking 200+ registrations and continues to be watched by grantmakers and cultural organizations, nearing 500 additional views by the end of 2018, our most watched webinar. “Real and Not Real: The history of racialization in the United States,” which, at 400 views, received four times move engagement post-recording than our next most popular webinars. This webinar featured Race Forward and GIA discussing the creation and perpetuation of the racial hierarchy, and provided guidance on institutional strategies for diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice, terms often conflated as interchangeable.
- Real and Not Real: The history of racialization in the United States
- Taking Things a Step Further: Strategic planning for ALAANA funding
- Mapping Oakland’s Magic: A Benchmark Report on Grassroots Arts Organizations of Color, Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo, Ted Russell, Adriana Griñó
- Buried in Shells, Corrina Gould, Michelle LaPena
- Culture, Equity, and Cities, Vanessa Whang
- What More Do We Need to Cultivate a Just Society?: Conversion and Collective Action, Lisa Yancey
- Opening the Eyes of the Beholder: The Need for Cultural Responsivity in Arts Evaluation, Suzanne Callahan
- Emergent Strategy: Book Review in Conversation, Leila Tamari
The GIA board voted to add a racial equity statement to the organization’s guiding principles.
The GIA board voted to hire Edwin Torres as the organization’s new president & CEO, our first ALAANA person to hold that role. The board also committed to move GIA’s office from Seattle to the South Bronx, to draw attention to often under-resourced communities of color.
Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy workshop
Development in partnership with the Center for Social Inclusion of a day-long workshop for funders, which will be available to communities in 2018 and piloted at the 2017 GIA conference.
In partnership with Doris Duke Foundation to support creation of a pilot project with local funders and a cohort of ALAANA organizations.
- I Once Was Blind: Acknowledging Race in Granting to Individuals, Caroline and Tony Grant
- A New Will to Confront Homogeneity in American Orchestras, Jesse Rosen
- Moving Dance Forward: Twenty Years of Grantmaking for a Changing Landscape, Cathy Edwards
- Seizing Opportunity amid Uncertainty: Lessons in Funder Collaboration, Michele Kumi Baer
- Learning from Detroiters: Committing to Equity, Roberta Uno
- Are We Living in a Zeitgeist of Catalytic Change? Maybe...But Does It Matter?, Lisa Yancey
- Just Planning: Can Cultural Planning Help Build More Equitable Cities?, Tom Borrup
During the winter, GIA commissioned a research team to conduct a racial equity audit of its programs, policies, and communications. The audit findings and recommendations were delivered to and reviewed by staff and board in the spring and released publicly in September.
The racial equity board committee began developing a work plan based on audit findings and recommendations. The board subsequently released an update to its Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose, including new recommendations to support members in engaging in racial equity work.
During the summer, GIA commissioned a research team to survey GIA member organizations on their current policies and programs addressing racial equity and to identify case studies of successful programs to share with the membership.
Saint Paul Conference
- Breaking Down Barriers, organized by Denise Brown and Tatiana Hernandez
- Creative Placemaking in the Racialized South, organized by F. Javier Torres
- The Enrich Switch: Breaking Down the Racial Equity Arts Movement, organized by Angelique Power
- Innocent Giving: Building Authentic and Functional Relationships with Communities of Color, organized by Vickie Benson and Glyn Northington
- Intersectional Philanthropy: Power, Privilege, and Practice, organized by Stanlyn Brevé and Sage Crump
- Looking at Racial Bias in the Panel Deliberation Process, organized by Moira Brennan and Emilya Cachapero
- Native America: A Fundamental Part of Who We Are, organized by Lulani Arquette
- The Practice of Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy, organized by Grantmakers in the Arts
- Racial Equity Policies and Practices Define the Future of Local Arts Agencies, organized by Randy Engstrom
- The Role of Arts and Culture in Countering Islamophobia, organized by Sunita Iqbal
- Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising, organized by Erik Takeshita
- Three Funding Agencies Walk Into a Bar: Partnership for Equity, organized by Heather Dwyer and Irene Gómez
- Access to a Lifetime of Arts Education: Every Child, Every Adult
- Building Equity in Support for Individual Artists
- Aubrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz, on creating the Momentum Fellowship program
- Justin Laing, on the GIA board service, racial equity, and his hopes for the field
- Dameun Strange, on being a fellow in the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship program
- Building a Racially Diverse Organization: A Case Study on Recruiting and Retaining ALAANA Staff
- Practices for Advancing Racial Equity in Arts Grantmaking Series
- Advancing Racial Equity, Racial Equity Funders Collaborative in Minnesota
- Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, Diane Wilson
- Building a Stronger ALAANA Arts Community: Keeping an Eye on Systems, Janet Brown and Angelique Power
- Expanding Cultural Family: Funders, Tools, and the Journey toward Equity, Jen Gilligan Cole
- A More Equitable World Because of Theatre, Teresa Eyring
- New York City Addresses Diversity in the Cultural Workforce, Edwin Torres
- The Risk of Hopelessness, Carlton Turner
In March, GIA board of directors approves the proposed Racial Equity in Arts Phianthropy Statement of Purpose and GIA promotes and distributes the statement to its members and the public. Racial equity committee vets all sessions proposed for the GIA annual conference for purposes of integrating a racial equity lens into topics. New GIA board members attend the 2-day anti-racism training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
Los Angeles Conference
- Along the Capitalization Spectrum, organized by Katie Steger
- Artists and Designers Working with Equitable Development Goals in Mind, organized by Jessica Garz
- Arts and Culture in Boyle Heights: Building Healthy Communities, organized by Amy Kitchener and Maria Rosario Jackson
- Chasing Equity: 50 States on the Map, 10 States in Motion, organized by Narric Rome
- The Courage to Engage, organized by June Wilson
- Equity and Demographic Data: A Question-Centered Approach for the Future, organized by Arin Sullivan and Beth Tuttle
- Evaluation Test Kitchen: Cooking Up Frameworks to Assess Aesthetics and Social Outcomes, organized by Pam Korza and Barbara Schaffer Bacon
- Funder, Transform Thyself, organized by Justin Laing
- People of Color and Arts Giving: A 360 Degree View, organized by Josephine Ramirez and John Kobara
- Sustaining Our Communities’ Wellbeing: The Arts to the Rescue, organized by Zeyba Rahman
- What’s Human Capital Got to Do, Got to Do with It?, organized by Angelique Power
Racial Equity Forum
- Supporting ALAANA Organizations, June, Atlanta: Grantmakers in the Arts hosted a national dialogue for sixty participants on increasing funding and access to funding for African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) organizations. It was held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Videos and text available on the forum page.
- Advancing Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy; August 18, 2015
- An Exploratory Study of Demographic Diversity in the Arts Management Workforce, Antonio C. Cuyler
- What Does Culture Look Like When #BlackLivesMatter?, Justin Laing
- Building Equity and Inclusion by Assessing Demographic Data: Two Case Studies, Judi Jennings and Denise M. Brown
- Who We Be: The Colorization of America (book review), reviewed by Lynda Turet
- Seeing Beyond, Activating Ourselves, Roberta Uno
- US Cultural Engagement with Global Muslim Communities: Contours and Connections in an Emerging Field, Jennifer C. Lena and Erin F. Johnston
GIA Board Action GIA board creates the Racial Equity Board Committee, chaired by Maurine Knighton to plan, recommend and oversee racial equity in arts philanthropy programs and integration of a racial equity lens into other program areas. Proposed conference session on equity/racial equity are vetted by the Racial Equity Board Committee and recommended to the conference committee. New board members attend 2-day anti-racism training of People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Racial Equity Board Committee begins work on a statement of purpose for GIA’s work in racial equity in arts philanthropy.
- Art and Tech: Bending New Technologies to Native Traditions, organized by Wendy Red Star and T. Luluni Arquette
- Resources at the Roots of Culture, organized by Kim Cook
- How Five Arts & Culture Funders are Smashing Silos, organized by Aaron Dorfman
- Applying Racial Justice Principles to Arts Education Grantmaking, organized by Justin Laing
- Transforming Culture/Creating Justice, organized by F. Javier Torres
- Leading the Charge: Theatre Communications Group’s Diversity & Inclusion Institute, organized by Kevin Bitterman
- Strategies to Increase Equity in Grantmaking & Empowerment, organized by Aaron Dworkin
- Advancing Racial Equity in Grantmaking: A Long Table Discussion, organized by Vickie Benson, Sharon DeMark, Glyn Northington, and Eleanor Savage
Thought Leader Forum
- Constructing Racial Equity, July, New York: Participants from the 2012 Thought Leader Forum came together to share case studies from within their own organizations and to discuss next steps to the process of sharing learning with the field. Facilitated by Lori Villarosa
- Paying Attention to White Culture and Privilege: A Missing Link to Advancing Racial Equity, Gita Gulati-Partee and Maggie Potapchuk
- I Hate Classical Music: A Conversation on Race, Identity, and Transformative Arts Practice, Justin Laing and Alex Laing
- Placemaking and Placemakers: Lessons from Detroit, Appalachia, New Orleans, and Honolulu, Mark Valdez
- Inclusion in American Orchestras, Aaron P. Dworkin
- Policy, Prisons, and Pranks: Artists Collide with the World, Ruby Lerner
- Racial Equity: The History and Purpose of our Work, Janet Brown
GIA Board & Staff Workshop Understanding and Undoing Racism, July, Seattle: A two-day workshop led by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
GIA Board Action November: Based on recommendations from the Racial Equity Thought Leader Forum participants, the GIA board adopts the issue of constructing racial equity in arts grantmaking as “core field work”.
- Invisible >> Visible: New Native Voices on the Forefront of Change, organized by Reuben Roqueni
- Cultural Kitchens: Nurturing Creative Practice, organized by Mary-Kim Arnold
- Action Steps to Building Equity and Resisting Racism, organized by Judi Jennings and Justin Laing
- The Arts Next Door: Neighborhood-Based Community Arts Training Institute, organized by Roseann Weiss
- Growing to Reflect the Neighborhood: Community Engagement in an Evolving Community, organized by The Wallace Foundation
- Social Justice, Participatory Arts and Immigrant Experiences, organized by Amy Kitchener and Russell Rodriguez
Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Thought Leader Forum
- Constructing Racial Equity, December, Chicago: Participants from the 2012 Thought Leader Forum came together to share their work on racial equity within their own organizations and to discuss next steps to the process of sharing learning and best practices with the field. Facilitated by Melinda Weekes, Race Forward.
- Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-belonging, Roberto Bedoya
- Why Equity Matters: New Ideas and Action Steps, Judi Jennings, Angelique Power, F. Javier Torres and Holly Sidford
- Indigenous Perspectives on Equity in Philanthropy, various authors
- Dancing in the Streets Busts a South Bronx Move, Eva Yaa Asantewaa
- Arts and Social Change from an Artist’s Perspective, Byron Au Yong
- Opportunities Abound: Antiracism and Arts Philanthropy, Justin Laing
- Culturally Relevant Arts Education for Social Justice: A Way Out of No Way, reviewed by Mayumi Tsutakawa
- Community Health and the Participatory Arts: Crucial Issues and Opportunities, organized by Maria Rosario Jackson and Amy Kitchener
- The Art of Investing in Immigrant Hubs, organized by Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, F. Javier Torres and San San Wong
- Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: Update and Action Steps, organized by Judi Jennings, Ron Ragin and F. Javier Torres
- Are We Making a Difference? Evaluating the Impact of Arts and Social Justice Projects, organized by Judi Jennings, Maurine Knighton, and Lynn Stern
- What Real Change Looks Like: Diverse Expression and Philanthropic Cultural Competency, organized by Jonathon Freeman and Ted Russell
- Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts: Creating Equitable, Livable Communities through Grassroots Cultural Programs, organized by Caron Atlas, Melanie Cohn, Michael Spring and Edwin Torres
- Capitalization through a Cultural Equity Lens, organized by Ron Ragin, Tere Romo and San San Wong
- Immigrant Artists, Culture and Community Health, organized by Amy Kitchener and Russell Rodriguez
- Advocating for Equitable Access to Arts Education for Students in Poverty, organized by Laura Zucker
- “Understanding and Undoing Racism” and Its Effects on Grantmaking, organized by Grantmakers in the Arts
Thought Leader Forum
- Understanding and Undoing Racism, June, Pittsburgh: A two-day workshop led by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond attended by 23 social justice funders, plus GIA staff.
- Deconstructing Racism, November, New York: Those who attended the Pittsburgh workshop were invited to debrief on their experience, identify ways to improve their own grantmaking and make recommendations to the field. Facilitated by Melinda Weekes, Race Forward.
- Advancing Equity in Arts and Cultural Grantmaking: Perspectives from Five Funders, F. Javier Torres, John McGuirk, Edwin Torres, Carlton Turner and Consuella Brown
- Life is Living: A Case Study in Resourcing Collaboration and Creative Ecosystems, Marc Bamuthi Joseph
- A Night at the Opera, Tommer Peterson and KJ Sanchez, American Records Theater Company
- Tradition: Celebrating the Inevitability of Change, Eugene Rodriguez
- Working with Small Arts Organizations: How and Why It Matters, Amy Kitchener and Ann Markusen
- Weaving Traditional Arts into the Fabric of Community Health: A Briefing from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, reviewed by Frances Phillips
- Revisiting Research: Art and Culture in Communities, Janet Sarbaugh
- Revisiting Research: Art and Culture in Communities: Unpacking Participation, response by F. Javier Torres
- Cultural Equity Dialogues: Artistic Marginalization, various authors
- Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, reviewed by Irene Borger
- Demographics, Equity and the Arts, presented by Manuel Pastor
- Talking about Race in America, Janet Brown
- Strategic Planning Towards Equitable Development: A Case Study, organized by Roberta Uno and Rise Wilson
- Redistricting the Arts: When Boundaries are Drawn, organized by Emiko Ono
- Americans and the Muslim World: Improving Understanding through the Arts, organized by Caitlin Strokosch
- Shift Happens: What do Demographic Shifts Mean for Grantmaker Policy and Practice?, organized by Ted Russell
- Equity in Private Foundation Support for Arts and Culture, organized by Grantmakers in the Arts
- Creation | Migration | Change: Innovation and Evolving Art Forms, organized by Timothy Dorsey, Amy Kitchener, Tia Oros Peters and Lori Pourier
- Networks of Color: Development of a New Collaborative Model, organized by Maria Lopez de Leon
- Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens, organized by Justin Laing
- Cultural Equity Grantmaking: How Far Have We Come? What’s Next?, organized by San San Wong
- Engaging Practice: Making Cultural Spaces for Local and Transnational Dialogues, organized by Amy Kitchener and Frances Phillips
- Queering the Arts: Aesthetics and Economies, organized by Kevin Seaman and Beatrice Thomas
- This is Not a Time for Protests: Relevance in Philanthropy and Artistic Practice, organized by Michelle Coffey, Tim Dorsey and Lori Pourier
- Imagining New Ways to Support Arts and Culture, Judi Jennings
- Breaking Out of a Bifurcated World, edited by Caron Atlas
- Community Arts: A Little Historical Context, Maryo Gard Ewell
- The Unreported Arts Recession of 1997, Dudley Cocke
- The Power of Words: An Interview with Edwidge Dandicat, Michelle Coffey
- William Cleveland and Patricia Shifferd, Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change, reviewed by Judi Jennings
- Embracing Diversity in the Arts: Random Reflections on the Coming Tide of Change, Ron Chew
- The Color Line and United States Cultural Policy: An Essay with Dialogue, Roberto Bedoya
- La Causa Cantada: Singing to the Movement, Russell C. Rodríguez
- Alcatraz: A Metaphor for the Native Continuum, Jonathon Freeman
- Warmth from Other Fires: California Indian Cultural Revival, Malcolm Margolin
- It’s an Image of Sex. It’s Not about AIDS: The Legacy of the AIDS Crisis on American Art (It’s Never Not about HIV), Rock Hushka
- Building a National Art and Social Justice Alliance: ROOTS Fest 2011: Many Communities, One Voice; Baltimore, Maryland, June 22–26, 2011, Judi Jennings
- Trend or Tipping Point: Arts & Social Change Grantmaking, presented by Barbara Schaffer Bacon and Pam Korza
- Cultural Participation in a Changing Society, presented by Salvador Acevedo
- Talk Back Series: Four posts, Alexis McGill Johnson
- Forum on Equity in Arts Funding, a series of posts by GIA members
- The Reality of Federal Arts Education Policy, Janet Brown
- What Does Equity Mean to an Arts Funder, Janet Brown
- It’s A Complex Cultural Eco-System, Janet Brown
- There’s a Glitch in the Matrix, Janet Brown
- Stepping Up for Children Left Behind, Janet Brown
- At the Intersection of Arts, Advocacy and Immigrant Justice, organized by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
- 21st Century Arts Spaces, organized by Roberta Uno and Rise Wilson
- Arts Philanthropy, Evaluation, Accountability & Social Change, organized by John Bare
- Arts Infusion Initiative: A Catalytic Approach to Restoring Peace for Chicago’s Youth, organized by Suzanne Connor
- Assuring Equitable Arts Learning in Urban K-12 Public Schools, organized by Grantmakers in the Arts and Grantmakers in Education
- Breaking out of a Bifurcated World: A Bridge Conversation on Philanthropy, organized by Caron Atlas and Tia Oros Peters
- Social Media as an Artform that Gives Voice to Under-represented Communities, organized by Arnold Aprill and Cindy Gehrig
- Serving Incarcerated Youth: An Alliance between Storycatchers Theatre and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, organized by Consuella Brown
- Creative Organizing in Chicago: Integrating Arts and Culture in Movements for Social Change, organized by Caron Atlas, Denise Brown and Naomi Jackson
- Community Artists Responding to Unnatural Disasters, organized by the Arts and Social Justice Preconference Committee
- Learning and Legacy at the Fund for Folk Culture: An Interview with Betsy Peterson, Amy Kitchener
- An Interview with Carrie Mae Weems, Dawoud Bey
- Supporting Spirit through Bomba and Philanthropy, Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo
- 110 in the ’Hood, organized by Mary Trudel
- Culture and Gentrification: A Visit to Williamsburg, organized by the Arts and Social Justice Preconference Committee
- Creative Stimulus and Community Recovery: A Cross-sector Roundtable, organized by Roberta Uno, Michelle Coffey, and Caron Atlas
- Cultural Collisions, organized by Tricia Mire
- Communities in Transition, organized by Judilee Reed
- Then & Now: An Examination of Gender and Race/Ethnicity in the Contexts of Art Creation and Production/Exhibition, organized by Cindy Gehrig
- How Do We Define Our Changing Communities? How Do We Serve Our Changing Communities?, organized by Stuart Post
- Voices from the Cultural Battlefront Reports: New Leveraging Points to Advance Social Justice and Cultural Equity, organized by Dudley Cocke
- 2009: The Role of the Arts in a Nation that Has Called for CHANGE, Claudine Brown
- Arguments for Cultural Democracy and Community Cultural Development, Arlene Goldbard
- Structural Racism, Arts & Social Justice Workshop
- Open Dialogue XI: Global Connections to Cultural Democracy: Conference and Symposium Proceedings, WESTAF
- Just One Dress to Walk 800 Miles, Pamela J. Kingfisher
- Diverse Approaches to Achieving Diversity, organized by Angie Kim
- Art, Philanthropy and Social Change, organized by John Bare
- Harnessing the Power of Art as a Force for Change: The Art and Social Change Funders Working Group Strategic Planning Session, organized by Claudine Brown
- Variations on a Theme: Achieving Diversity from the Inside Out, organized by Barbara Saunders
- Engaging Artists to be Agents of Social Change, organized by Cuong P. Hoang
- Entering Cultural Communities: Diversity and Change in the Nonprofit Arts, Diane Ragsdale
- Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontlines, William Cleveland
- Building Communities: Autonomous Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer People of Color Organizations, Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues
- Culture and Community Revitalization: A Collaboration: "From Creative Economy to Creative Society," Mark J. Stern and Susan C. Seifert; "Distressed Places and Creativity," Jeremy Nowak
- A Rural Perspective, Dee Davis and Tim Marema, Center for Rural Strategies
- Minding the Gaps: How Do We See beyond Our Limits?, Jaime Cortez