Racial Equity in Arts Funding Workshops

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.

Please contact GIA President & CEO Eddie Torres at eddie@giarts.org to find out more about hosting a workshop in your community.

Workshop participants in cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Seattle have expressed that what they learned from the workshop will be useful to their work. Here are some of their remarks:

“I wanted to express my gratitude for Grantmakers in the Arts’ Racial Equity in Arts Funding workshop. Members of our grantmaking community are working to increase investments to organizations, individuals, and communities of color. You and the whole facilitation team brought much needed context, advice, and inspiration to the group. Your information and facilitation was truly appreciated. I look forward to learning more about GIA’s work, and ways in which I, my organization and our funding community can better tap into the GIA network.”

“The information was framed in a different way that helped clarify how this history of racialization shows up in our work.”

“I really appreciated the honesty and vulnerability of the facilitators throughout the workshop, especially in the discussions around the case studies. There was a level of honesty around the challenges of racial justice work that I haven’t experienced in a training previously.”

“The case studies were useful to see other organizations’ struggles, efforts, and successes and compare them to the experiences we face. It is always helpful to learn about how other similar organizations operate. So often, we are consumed with our own work, it can be difficult to find out what others are doing.”

“I left feeling hopeful that the assembled organizations will move forward together. The commitment to move forward collaboratively with racial justice work – and push further – felt different from what I’ve experienced previously.”

“I came away with several clear steps that I plan to take in my organization regarding racial equity. I feel that the training will also make me more proactive in assisting in what others in my organization are working on.”

“I have clear next steps on how I can integrate the lens of structural racism in my work and how I can build my anti-racism knowledge and practice in my personal and professional life.”

“I see lots of opportunity to continue building a shared analysis of the panel process as a system (rather than a series of individual events). As the place where funding decisions are made, I see lots of opportunity to collaboratively develop new processes of evaluation and decision-making that redistribute power to community and contribute to racial justice.”

“After the workshop, I feel inspired and am able to see more clearly the power I have as an individual to enact change. I’m thinking more strategically about the resources and relationships I have, and how my organization can continue to center race in the work that we do. Thank you for doing this work and I hope to stay connected with GIA.”