Programs & Events

Annual Conference

The GIA Conference provides the only opportunity for arts grantmakers from across the country to come together to share knowledge and ideas, develop collective strategies, and learn about the latest initiatives in arts grantmaking. The conference features plenary sessions by leaders in the field, peer-organized discussions and reports, panels investigating policies and practices in arts grantmaking, site visits, and artist-led sessions. GIA's conferences employ the unique arts and cultural resources of each host city to inform and illuminate topics in arts and cultural philanthropy. An extensive archive of past conferences and other live events are available in Conference Archives.


GIA’s webinars are designed for both emerging and experienced grantmakers with information and discussions that inform their day-to-day practices. These programs are free to members and available at a minimal charge to nonmembers. Past webinars have addressed topics including arts education, research and evaluations, support for individual artists, racial equity in arts funding, and arts funding at the intersection of other fields such as community development, health, disability arts, and many more. View upcoming and past webinars here.

Forums Summits, & Workshops

GIA forums, 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. Learn more about forums and workshops here. An archive of materials from past forums, including video, slides, and summary articles, is available in the library.


The GIA Podcast features 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.

Twitter Chats

Grantmakers in the Arts seeks to reach new audiences and encourage dialogue around key issues. Twitter Chats are free to members and nonmembers, and a space for the public to follow and engage in real-time dialogue with presenters via Twitter. Though these conversations are typically around one hour, grantmakers, artists, and others in the funding ecosystem can participate easily from a computer, phone, device with the Twitter app or webpage by “tweeting” ideas and responses to questions using a unique hashtag. Be sure to follow @GIArts on Twitter to get involved with our next Twitter chat!

Special Series

Occasionally, Grantmakers in the Arts presents special programs important to cultural funding that are related to yet outside of the standard funding focus areas. These special series often take an intersectional approach to unpacking complex ideas, questions, and strategies and are presented in multiple formats, from webinars to podcasts to Twitter chats. Special series feature interviews with artists and leaders in the cultural community, the field of arts funding, and beyond that, in and adjacent to social justice philanthropy. View upcoming and past series here.