2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

Preconferences

Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy

Saturday, October 28, 8am-4pm

Grantmakers in the Art debuts its new workshop on racial equity in arts philanthropy during this day-long preconference. The Center for Social Inclusion (New York, NY) will provide an overview of the systems that reflect our history and drive many of our current portfolios. Grantmakers in the Arts’ team of arts philanthropists will lead a discussion of how our grantmaking can impact change for African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) artists and communities, signifying a new beginning of equitable philanthropy in the nonprofit arts sector.

Presenters may include:

To limit workshop size, there may be two concurrent sessions of this preconference.

Artists & Place: Insights/Incites on Site

Saturday, October 28, 8am-4:30pm

Individual artists simultaneously occupy and transform the sites where they reside, work, and perform. This preconference explores artists’ roles in our understanding of “place”; how their literal and figurative positions in the arts ecosystem inform, inspire, activate, or sometimes suppress their creative work; and the funder’s role in supporting or impeding them. The day will be focused on small group discussions and will feature stories from individual artists and fellow funders. Discussion questions include: How are artists’ power and positionality used in place, especially in the preservation, development, or transformation of community? What is the responsibility, if any, of funders to tear down walls that restrict access? In addition to these questions, we will interrogate common ideas and language used to describe creative work in places, including the premise that belonging to community is inherently geographic in nature.

SPECIAL EVENT

Detroit Cultural and Community Tour

Saturday, October 28

Explore some of the unique arts organizations and communities of Detroit. We will begin with breakfast at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and then board a bus for a day of cultural and community exploration. Joining the tour will be Ed Egnatios, program officer at W.K. Kellogg Foundation, who will provide an overview of Detroit and its neighborhoods. The tour will include:

Schedule:
8:00am:Breakfast
9:00am:Bus departs hotel
4:30pm:Bus returns to hotel
Tour Planning Committee:
  • Christina deRoos, Kresge Arts in Detroit
  • Kamilah Henderson, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • Sharnita Johnson, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Alycia Socia, The Kresge Foundation
  • Jim McDonald, Grantmakers in the Arts