2018 GIA Conference
Race, Space, and Place
Oakland, CA  |  October 21–24

Grantmakers in the Arts welcomes you to Oakland, home to vibrant creatives, diverse communities, and a heritage of activism. While being a deeply rooted city, with the oak tree as a metaphor of its culture and legacy, “Oaktown” is experi­encing a significant transformation at the intersection of race, space, and place. Amidst conversations of gentrification, rising costs of rent, and concerns about displacement of long­standing neighborhoods, the city’s culture stands central. At this rich time, Oakland – home to artists, immigrants, and newcomers for generations – explores its histories of resis­tance and empower­ment with a future that celebrates roots, creativity, the power of stories, and the essential desire for belonging. Engage with your colleagues at the GIA Conference to be inspired by the people and culture of Oakland.

Sunday, October 21Wednesday, October 24
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, California, 94607
(510) 451-4000

2018 Conference Committee

Grantmakers in the Arts has a long-held commitment to engaging the community in each city where the annual national conference is held. Read GIA’s Conference Guiding Principles and Practices.

Thank you to spoken word artist Sarah O’Neal, film director Jamie DeWolf, video editor Adam Parmalee, and assistant director Asher Kennedy for creating the video above.

Artwork: Jessica Sabogal, Sí. Existimos, 2015. Representation courtesy of the artist. Learn more about Jessica Sabogal.