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

Obtaining & Maintaining Dedicated Public Support

How Can Grantmakers Help?

Monday, October 17, 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Kellogg III

Organized by Karen Gahl-Mills, CEO & Executive Director, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Presented by Karen Gahl-Mills, CEO & Executive Director, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture; and Sheila Smith, Executive Director and Chair, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Creative MN Project.

Obtaining and maintaining public (tax) support for arts and culture requires dedication to advocacy by all arts and culture stakeholders in a community, including a community’s existing funders. In this workshop, presenters will share the creative advocacy strategies that have allowed their communities to obtain and maintain robust public support for the arts. Participants will be engaged in a dialogue about the conditions necessary to ensure success of such advocacy efforts, and be provided practical examples of ways that funders can help communities think about advocacy as an ongoing, important endeavor.