GIA Podcast

Grantmakers in the Arts presents the GIA Podcast, featuring interviews with leaders in arts philanthropy and the cultural community. These short podcasts are designed to easily fit into a busy schedule and offer concise sector insights for grantmakers. Many interview topics will complement GIA’s growing online program offerings, including web conferences, blog posts, and the online GIA Reader.

The Racial Equity Coding Project: Unpacking The “Why”

Recorded March 17, 2022
There are large disparities between the grant funding received by African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) and White organizations. And, while funders are increasingly more aware of this gap, a challenge remains to gather accurate data around racial equity funding practices that illustrate a more detailed and accurate accounting of grantmaking efforts to advance racial equity. To address this, Grantmakers in the Arts is participating in the Racial Equity Coding Project, which was kicked off with a culmination of research led by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with Callahan Consulting for the Arts. The project has given funders an opportunity to examine and refine their own coding practices and to consider new data collection measures for the future.

In this three-part podcast series, learn about the project and listen to insightful reflections from those involved.

Unpacking The “Why”: In this first episode, we are glad to be joined by Susan Feder, program officer, Arts and Culture, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Adam Fong, program officer, Performing Arts, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and Maurine Knighton, program director, Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. They discuss why the project started, their experience with the earliest iterations of the coding measures, and how their reflections will inform steps forward. Stay tuned for an opportunity to get involved!

The American Rescue Plan Act: All policy is cultural policy

Recorded September 10, 2021
On our May 2021 podcast, we discussed the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan Act or ARP, and its purpose of helping districts gain equitable access to the arts and strengthen enriching arts education experiences for students. Then in June, AmeriCorps announced how it will use the $1B allocated by the ARP funds, which includes both expanding the number of fellowship opportunities and increasing the amounts of stipends. The pandemic made clear that artists and culture-bearers are vulnerable workers and community-members with a particular perspective on what their communities need. In this podcast we would like to elevate the voices of funders who’ve been leading in this area and those who’ve been pushing for more progressive creative worker policies. We are glad to have Gonzalo Casals, commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Deborah Cullinan, CEO, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA); Randy Engstrom, collaborative arts leader and board member of Grantmakers in the Arts; and Emil Kang, program director for Arts and Culture, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Coronavirus Response: Where are they now?

Recorded June 16, 2021
As GIA reflects over the past year, we cannot help but look back at the work and recommendations that so many funders offered when we launched our coronavirus response programming in 2020. The conversation and insight that was shared with the GIA community ignited and energized funders to begin and continue their support for individual artists and arts organizations. But what has happened since then? We are glad to welcome back Laura Aden Packer, executive director, Howard Gillman Foundation; and James Hafferman, deputy director, CERF+ to the GIA podcast. They will share how things have been going since began our coronavirus response programming in Spring 2020.

Keep the conversation going by tuning in to our webinar Surviving a Pandemic: From emergency response to best practice on July 28, 2021!

A Just Transition for Investing in Arts and Culture

Recorded June 4, 2021
In our recently released report, Solidary Not Charity: Arts & Culture Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy, we point out the importance of commitment to long-term work with multiyear grants, loans, and equity investments for solidarity economy institutions and networks. To work in true partnership, funders must understand and respect the power of community-owned infrastructure. Furthermore, it is important to recognize the legal and fiscal challenges that informal, emergent, solidarity, and cooperative institutions face. The goal is systems change. But how is this done with a racial equity and justice lens? Hear from Anna Raginskaya, investment advisor, Morgan Stanley, and Quita Sullivan, senior program director for Theater, New England Foundation for the Arts and GIA board member. They discuss how they are supporting investment efforts using the Just Transition framework.

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The American Rescue Plan Act: A timely opportunity for arts education

Recorded May 19, 2021
On May 6, 2021, GIA published “Getting Equitable Access to Arts Education: Understanding the American Rescue Plan Act” in which we discussed the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan Act or ARP, which is a $1.9 trillion package in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Schools re-opening safely has been a broad area of debate and concern, so there is much interest in how this federal funding should be allocated. The Department of Education outlined that, of the more than $122 billion allocated for K-12 schools, at least 90% of funds are required to be used by State Education Agencies (SEAs) to make subgrants to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). These funds are intended to help school districts recover from the covid-19 pandemic, sustain safe operations, and support students. They can also help districts move toward equitable access to the arts and strengthen enriching arts education experiences for students following a particularly challenging year plus away from in-classroom learning. We are glad to be joined by Jamie Kasper, director of Arts Education Partnership; Alex Nock, principal at Penn Hill Group; Aileen Ma, director at Penn Hill Group; and Nadia Elokdah, GIA vice president and director of Programs, to discuss the opportunity provided by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.

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Developing a Liberatory Consciousness in Funding

Recorded January 21, 2021
We have turned the corner into 2021, and a new administration gives us high hopes for the future. However, there is still both systemic and internal work to be done if we are going to realize the vision we have for the philanthropic sector. As Dr. Barbara J. Love says, “while we all want to continue to work for social change to reduce inequity and bring about greater justice, we continue to behave in ways that preserve and perpetuate the existing system.” So how should we approach 2021 to ensure we get closer to the reality we want? What sorts of mindset shifts and frameworks will be helpful this year? In this podcast we are glad to have Dr. Barbara J. Love, consultant, author, lecturer, and the founder of the framework Liberatory conscious joining us. She will discuss how to develop a liberatory consciousness mindset that can lead us to even more drastic change both within our institutions and outside of them!

Activating Our Power After the Election

Recorded November 12, 2020
The year 2020 has been an eventful and historic year of institutional reckoning, community organizing, and speaking truth to power. Movements around justice for race, gender, and labor have gained significant traction, and most recently, the 2020 presidential election has achieved the highest voter turn-out in the United States since the early 1900s. It is abundantly clear that civic engagement has become more of an interest to the public than ever before. In this podcast, we have Eddie Torres, president & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, and Kristen Cambell, executive director of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), speaking about the responsibility of funders to keep this momentum going.

Strategic Communication for Justice

Recorded September 10, 2020
In this podcast episode, we are glad to have two guests from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Listen to hear form Aisha Edwards, program officer, Criminal Justice Team, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and Lauren Pabst, senior program officer, Journalism and Media Team, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Through this discussion we will dive into the ways MacArthur has prioritized criminal justice and incarceration justice efforts via media and narrative support and partnerships. Explore online materials related to this podcast.

The Role of the Arts in Criminal Justice and Policing

Recorded September 11, 2020
In this podcast episode, we are glad to have Deborah Fisher, executive director, A Blade of Grass, and Shaun Leonardo, American artist and performer best known for his work exploring the relationships between masculinity, sports, race, and culture. They will discuss how funders can center racial equity and they will provide a frame for addressing issues of policing, mass incarceration, and criminal justice with an arts and culture lens. View the “I Can’t Breathe” performance.

Radical Practice: Turning over power in foundations

Recorded June 26, 2020
In this podcast episode, we are glad to have Denise Brown, executive director of Leeway Foundation, and A. Sparks, chief executive officer of the Masto Foundation! We are glad to hear from two foundation leaders on what it looks like to live a commitment to challenge power structures that are deeply rooted in the philanthropic sector and keeping community needs at the center.

True Commitment to Radical Imagination

Recorded June 22, 2020
In this podcast episode, we are glad to have Walidah Imarisha, a writer, educator, poet, and the artist who coined the term “visionary fiction.” We are also glad to have Lisa Yancey, an entrepreneurial strategist, president of Yancey Consulting, and author of the Thrivability Report which discusses sustainability versus thrivability for historically disinvested arts and culture organizations! In this episode we will discuss ways to radically build towards a new normal, how to think differently about the future, and ways to put it these ideas into action.

Coronavirus Response: Into the weeds

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is evident, and we are starting to see shifts as states and countries have entered phase 1 of reopening businesses and public spaces. We are continuing to connect with our peers in the field and share responses and resources from GIA, our members, and our fellow PSOs in order to provide guidance during this time. In this podcast series “Coronavirus Response: Into the Weeds,” Ruby Lopez Harper, senior director, Local Arts Advancement, Americans for the Arts; Brian McGuigan, program director, Artist Trust; and Trella Walker, director, Advisory Services, head of Social Innovation and Equity Council, Nonprofit Finance Fund, join GIA to discuss funding practices that center equity and reframe recovery toward new relationships.

Coronavirus Response: Setting the frame

As the coronavirus continues to spread and the impact of the pandemic continues to change our daily lives, Grantmakers in the Arts has provided and compiled resources to support arts and culture funders as we navigate recovery and response. From webinars and podcasts to Zoom calls and calls to action, responses from GIA, our members, and our fellow PSOs aim to provide guidance during this time. In this podcast series “Coronavirus Response: Setting the frame,” Deana Haggag, president & CEO of United States Artists; Lauren Hainley, program manager, Disaster Services, Houston Arts Alliance; Tempestt Hazel, Art program officer, Field Foundation; and Vu Le, Nonprofit AF, join GIA to discuss how they are designing their rapid response efforts, what kind of equity lens can be utilized for greatest impact, and how to shift from short-term response to long-term recovery.

Creating Access for Grantees

The podcast Creating Access for Grantees is no longer available. As stewards and conveners of information and shared experience, GIA is committed to honoring the work and intellectual property that we produce, and we are mindful of the vulnerability that guests experience when they join us for programs. We urge our community to be mindful of extraction rather than investment or collaboration, give credit where it is due, acknowledge the varied spaces of security and privilege held across our membership, and continue to respectfully partner with the GIA community of practice, learning, and knowledge sharing.

Frameworks for Black Communities and Other Communities of Color

Recorded January 22, 2020
In this podcast episode, we are glad to have ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities joining us! We’ll be hearing from Edward Jones, ABFE’s vice president of Programs, and Anthony Simmons, ABFE’s manager of Racial Equity in Grantmaking Program.We will discuss how their strategic framework and tools can offer a deeper impact in communities that are often ignored.

Don’t let the learning stop at this podcast. Learn more more about Black-led social change here, and join the nation’s largest gathering of Black professionals in philanthropy at ABFE’s virtual 2020 “HARAMBEE - LET’S ALL PULL TOGETHER” on April 16 – 18th. Click here for more!

Supporting Immigrant Artists and Border Communities

Recorded February 10, 2020
The 2020 Grantmakers in the Arts Racial Equity Podcast Series continues! The United States is a conglomerate of cultures, languages, and races—all contributing something unique to what makes the US a place where people can find community and belonging. However, the journey of migrants can vastly differ from this narrative and depends on the resources and support available to them. How can funders be supportive in welcoming new artists into the US? In this episode, we hear from Adriana Rios, director of programs, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), and Luisa Martinez, socially-engaged artist, Artivistas in Residencia, Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA). Rios reminds funders, “When we support immigrant artists, the leg work is to figure out how the artists can navigate the system that is in place. That is a level of solidarity and commitment that we owe to the artist.”

Centering Racial Equity in Arts Funding

Recorded January 3, 2020
GIA is a community of practice with a shared vision of investing in arts and culture as a strategy for social change. Since 2008, GIA has been elevating racial equity as a critical issue affecting the field. As a part of our continued efforts, we are glad to introduce the Grantmakers in the Arts Racial Equity Podcast Series. In this series, we will discuss racial justice and racial equity with funders, lawyers, artists, arts administrators, and other key players in the funding ecosystem speaking about mentorship, immigration, criminal justice, radical imaginaries, and other topics to get a deeper understanding of how we can all be agents of change.

To kick us off, GIA president & CEO Eddie Torres discusses why GIA values and centers racial equity via a stroll through the history of arts funding, a review of ways that GIA is collaborating with others to continue centering racial equity in concrete ways both within the GIA and externally, and how GIA will continue this creative collaboration in order to continue the work across sectors.

Welcome to Denver! A podcast before the GIA Conference

Recorded September 10, 2019
In this podcast, Grantmakers in the Arts welcomes you to Denver, the home of the 2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Cultural Intersections. Denver is where collaboration is a way of life and culture is found everywhere from small local breweries to the largest museums. The vibrancy of Denver’s cultural community is visible throughout its street art, the independent music scene, community theater, musical classrooms, a deep spoken word tradition, and eclectic arts districts. Take a listen as Nadia Elokdah, deputy director and director of programs at Grantmakers in the Arts, speaks with conference co-chairs Gary Steuer, president & CEO of Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, and Ginger White, executive director of Denver Arts and Venues of the City and County of Denver, about what you can expect at the conference. Click here to listen!

The Mosaic Network and Fund: New ways to lift up ALAANA communities

Recorded July 25, 2019
Grantmakers in the Arts is committed to addressing structural inequities and increasing philanthropic and government support for the artists and arts organizations whose founders, leadership, or shared work is African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and/or Native American (also known as ALAANA). In 2017, The New York Community Trust and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation co-commissioned a report from Yancey Consulting to understand the health and viability of ALAANA arts groups in New York City. The result of their analysis and strategizing was the creation of The Mosaic Network and Fund. To date, this Network and Fund has involved around 160 people (representing more than 80 ALAANA arts nonprofits and 22 philanthropic organizations). There are 18 donors to the Fund and its advisory committee is represented by half ALAANA arts organizations, half funders. But what makes The Mosaic Network and Fund unique compared to other collaborative funds, and what can others learn from? Tune in and hear Eddie Torres, President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, interview Dr. Indira Etwaroo, producer and executive director at RestorationART and The Billie Holiday Theatre, and Mosaic Network and Fund advisory committee and design team member, and Kerry McCarthy, vice president for Philanthropic Initiatives at The New York Community Trust and Mosaic Fund advisory committee co-chair.

Narrative Change: Satire, Storytelling, and Unpacking this Shift

Recorded June 26 and 28, 2019
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 narratives that continue to live on and perpetuate racialized practices and outcomes. In these two podcasts, hear how social change agents have responded. Listen to how they challenge mainstream narratives through critique and satire not only in the funder network, pop culture, and beyond.

Narrative Change Through Satirical Storytelling (podcast #17): Zeyba Rahman, senior program officer for The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art's Building Bridges Program; Josh Seftel, filmmaker and creator of “The Secret Life of Muslims” series; Hussein Rashid, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Religion at Barnard College who focuses his research on Muslim and American pop culture; and Negin Farsad, Iranian-American writer and comedian who you can find on Netflix, HBO, and other media platforms, are interviewed by Nadia Elokdah, deputy director and director of programs of GIA. They discuss their recent film, The History of Muslims in the US, and share how they have used creative methods for shifting narratives and culture as a strategy towards equity.

Narrative Change and Unpacking Pop Culture (podcast #16): Jeff Chang, vice president of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward is interviewed by Eddie Torres, President & CEO of GIA. He speaks about narrative change a strategy, cultural shifts and how these evolve to impact human behaviors, and his own critiques of pop culture. Chang wraps up with what funders can consider.

What’s the Buzz with the GIA Support for Individual Artist Committee!

Recorded January 17, 2019
GIA members have been working together to promote and improve funding for individual artists for over 20 years. Over the years, the committee has been an incubator for such projects as a scan of scholarly research on artist support, a visual timeline outlining the history of artist support funding, major publications, and programs, and the development of a national taxonomy for reporting data on support for individual artists. This year, Grantmakers in the Arts gives you a front row seat into the Support for Individual Artist Committee. Now is your chance to learn more about it from the committee co-chairs, Adrianna Gallego, chief operating officer, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and Eleanor Savage, program director, Jerome Foundation. They will discuss the committee’s latest data project, upcoming programming, and will give you the 411 on how you too can join the Support for Individual Artist Committee!

Welcome to Oakland!: Nadia Elokdah, Shelley Trott, and Roberto Bedoya

Recorded September 13, 2018
In this podcast, Grantmakers in the Arts welcomes you to Oakland, home to vibrant creatives, diverse communities, a heritage of activism, and the home of the GIA’s 2018 annual conference Race, Space, Place. We speak with Nadia Elokdah, Grantmakers in the Arts deputy director and director of programs; Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs manager for the City of Oakland, California; and Shelley Trott, director, Arts Strategy & Ventures, Kenneth Rainin Foundation. They give us some background on the city of Oakland, tell us why this is the best city or “town” for the 2018 GIA Conference: Race, Space, and Place, and what we can expect at the conference.

Arts Advocacy Series: Eddie Torres, Sam Massol, and Jessica Mele on Arts Advocacy

Recorded April 11, 2018
We speak with Eddie Torres, Grantmakers in the Arts president and CEO, Jessica Mele, program officer in Performing Arts at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Sam Massol, director of Advocacy and Engagement at the Center for Arts Education. They explore advocacy through an arts education lens in discussion about how funders can support their grantees in advocating for the arts given the current national landscape.

Arts Advocacy Series: Eddie Torres, Kerry McCarthy, and E. San San Wong on Arts Advocacy

Recorded March 19, 2018
We kicked off our Arts Advocacy series last month and we are excited to provide more insight on how you can become an arts advocate. This podcast features Eddie Torres, Grantmakers in the Arts president & CEO, Kerry McCarthy, GIA board vice chair and New York Community Trust program director of Thriving Communities: Arts and Historic Preservation and, E. San San Wong, GIA board member and Barr Foundation director of Arts and Creativity. They take a deeper dive into a discussion about what foundations and funders can do to support advocacy and lobbying efforts, and strategies for funders in the current national landscape.

Arts Advocacy Series: Eddie Torres, Narric W. Rome, and Alex Nock on Arts Advocacy

Recorded February 20, 2018
We speak with Grantmakers in the Arts President & CEO, Eddie Torres, Americans for the Arts Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Narric W. Rome, and Penn Hill Group Principal, Alex Nock. They explore the question, "What now?" in discussion about the tax bill, arts advocacy efforts, and strategies for funders in the current national landscape.

Regina Smith and Sharnita Johnson

Recorded September, 2017
We speak with 2017 GIA Conference committee chair Regina Smith of The Kresge Foundation and committee member and Detroit native Sharnita Johnson of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. They share what you may not already know about the Motor City, what to expect when visiting Detroit, and what they are excited about for the upcoming conference.

Captain Sara Kass on Healing Arts in the Military

Recorded June, 2017
We speak with Captain Sara Kass, MD, a military and medical advisor for Creative Forces: NEA’s Military Healing Arts Network. Dr. Kass shares her thoughts on the role of the arts in helping current military members, veterans, and their loved ones heal from emotional and physical injuries resulting from their service.

Wendy Hsu on Innovations in Data Collection

Recorded March, 2017
We speak with Wendy Hsu, PhD, senior project coordinator and digital strategist at the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). They share some of the innovative research projects that DCA has been embarking on to collect more meaningful data that is driven and used by staff in different city departments and Los Angeles community members. This includes the digital literacy incubator project, Lab at DCA.

Arni Fishbaugh on Funding in Rural Communities

Recorded December, 2016
Janet Brown, president & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, speaks with Arlynn (Arni) Fishbaugh on funding in rural communities and what she has in store in retirement after 24 years at Montana Arts Council.

Vickie Benson and Glyn Northington on What Makes the Twin Cities a Special Place

Recorded July, 2016
We speak with 2016 GIA Conference co-chairs, Vickie Benson of The McKnight Foundation and Glyn Northington of Nonprofits Assistance Fund, on the special characteristics of the Twin Cities and its artistic community. They also share what they are looking forward to at the conference in October.

Eric Booth on Building the Field of Teaching Artistry

Recorded June 23, 2016
We speak with author and educator Eric Booth on the field of teaching artistry and what the US can learn from abroad to increase arts education access for all children. Read his article “The Time Has Come for a National Field of Teaching Artistry” published in the Fall 2015 edition of GIA Reader.

Gay Hanna on Creative Aging and Her Retirement

Recorded May 3, 2016
We speak with Gay Hanna from the National Center for Creative Aging as she readies for retirement after serving over 30 years managing in the arts, education, and health sectors.

Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz on Creating the Momentum Fellowship

Recorded April 6, 2016
We speak with Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz from Philanthropy Northwest about creating the Momentum Fellowship, a regional program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities for successful careers in the philanthropic sector. (Referenced blog post: “Why Philanthropy Should Care about Black Male Achievement.”)

Dameun Strange on Leadership Cultivation

Recorded March 22, 2016
We speak with Dameun Strange from Bush Foundation about being a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow and what the fellowship means for cultivating leadership from underrepresented communities.

Justin Laing on Reflections of GIA Board Service

Recorded January 5, 2016
We speak with former GIA board member Justin Laing from The Heinz Endowments about his service on the GIA board, racial equity, and his hopes for the future of our field.

More podcasts are coming! Watch this page for additions.