2016 GIA Conference
Saint Paul, MN   October 16–19
A Confluence of People, Cultures, and Ideas


Building Equity in Support for Individual Artists


Sunday, October 16, 8am-4pm
Intermedia Arts

As grantmakers, we know that some funding outcomes are not equitably distributed to artists across identity groups. This preconference explores what equity means for funders, in daily life and in their work with individual artists, and how to integrate principles of equity into grantmaking practices. Throughout the day, participants will examine the spectrum of their influence, from the personal to the institutional, in achieving more equitable outcomes for support to individual artists. The day will conclude with a discussion on how individuals can influence their organizations and collectively change norms in the field to ensure more equitable funding to artists.

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Access to a Lifetime of Arts Education: Every Child, Every Adult

Sunday, October 16, 8am-4pm
MacPhail Center for Music

This preconference welcomes grantmakers supporting K-12 arts education and those interested in arts programs for older adults. Held at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, which serves as a model of programs for both youth and older adults, the morning will include an interactive session to help grantmakers ensure equitable practices in teaching artist training and program implementation. The afternoon will include two breakout sessions: “Connecting the Arts Education Data Dots” for K-12 funders and “Creative Aging through the Arts” for those interested in the growing field of arts and aging.

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Minneapolis Art and Culture Tours

Sunday, October 16

Explore some of the unique arts organizations of Minneapolis on one of two special tours. We will begin with breakfast at the InterContinental Hotel and then board the buses for a day of exploration. Each tour will make three stops, with an option of a no-host lunch. Space is limited.

Tour One: SOLD OUT
Tour Two: SOLD OUT
10:15am:Bus departs
4:00pm:Bus returns
Tour Planning Committee:
  • Vickie Benson, The McKnight Foundation
  • Kate Lawson, Target
  • Glyn Northington, Nonprofits Assistance Fund
  • Eleanor Savage, Jerome Foundation
  • Erik Takeshita, Bush Foundation
  • Jim McDonald, Grantmakers in the Arts