"And the beat goes on........................."
On My Mind:
GIA Conference: It's that time again - for the annual Grantmakers in the Arts Conference - this year in St. Paul, Minnesota. Alas, personal reasons won't allow me to attend what has become my favorite conference.
Judging from the session topics, and recent conversations with funders I know across the country, this year the GIA delegates are continuing the serious inquiry into the equity / diversity / race issues as the same relate to the nonprofit arts sector, including the issue of the relationship between the arts and social justice. Initially GIA played host to a general consideration of equity and diversity within the framework of conceptual structural racism - both in the wider society and as played out in our own field (even if unwittingly), and begin consideration of the subject by first introducing the topics and making people aware of them, then digging into the nuts and bolts of how equity, diversity and racism were played out in our field. Now this year it seems the inquiry is drilling down into the topic to explore in more depth the myriad aspects of how the equity and diversity issues impact what we do, how we do what we do, and our successes or failures in doing what we do. Consider these session topics as part of the evolution of dealing with the challenges:
- Innocent Giving: Building Authentic and Functional Relationships with Communities of Color.
- Arts at the Service of Juvenile Justice: A Public-Private Partnership Focus of High-Risk Youth.
- Towards Beauty or Towards Justice: Must We Choose?
- The Enrich Switch: Breaking Down the Racial Equity Arts Movement
- Bridging Difference, Connecting Cultures
- Looking at Racial Bias in the Panel Deliberation Process
- Intersectional Philanthropy: Power, Privilege and Practice
- Three Funding Agencies Walk into a Bar: Partnership for Equity
- The Practice of Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy
- Racial Equity Policies and Practices Define the Future of Local Arts Agencies
- Arts-led Conflict Transformation in the American Community
- The Role of Arts and Culture in Countering Islamophobia