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

Conference Information & Registration

Conference Eligibility

The GIA Conference is the annual national convening for arts grantmakers. Conference attendance is open to staff or board members of organizations whose primary activity is grantmaking and are eligible for GIA membership, including foundations, public funding agencies, corporate giving programs, and nonprofit grantmakers. Full eligibility criteria can be found on our Membership page. While all organizations must meet eligibility criteria, membership is not required for conference attendance.

Grantmaking organizations that also solicit funds may only be represented by individuals whose roles involve grantmaking, programming, and/or policy. Fundraising or development staff are not eligible to attend. In addition, individuals who serve on the board of a National Partner organization are not eligible to attend.

Contact gia@giarts.org with questions regarding conference eligibility.

A Brief Word on Fundraising Ethics

To preserve the capacity for open discussion, all attendees must refrain from fundraising or solicitation. Organizations that solicit funds are expected to be represented only by individuals whose roles involve grantmaking, programming and/or policy, and not by fundraising or development staff.

Registration Desk Hours

Online registration for the 2016 GIA Conference is now closed.

To register or update your registration, please call the GIA offices at (206) 624-2312 by Tuesday, October 11.

The registration desk at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel will be open during the following hours:

Saturday, October 15
4:00pm - 8:00pm (Great River Court)

Sunday, October 16
7:00am - 10:00am (Kellogg I)
2:00pm - 8:00pm (Great River Court)

Monday, October 17
7:30am - 6:30pm (Great River Court)

Tuesday, October 18
7:30am - 2:30pm (Great River Court)

Wednesday, October 19
8:00am - 9:00am (Great River Court)

Registration Rates

GIA Members$625  
Single Day Rate$300  
Minneapolis Art and Culture Tours$100  

Conference Hotel Information

InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel
11 Kellogg Blvd E
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 292-1900

Special conference rate: $175.00/night, based on availability.

Guest rooms at the InterContinental at the conference rate are selling out. There may be rooms available at other rates at the discretion of the hotel. Below is information on other nearby hotel options.

Hotel 340 (.1 mile)
340 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 280-4120

Saint Paul Hotel (.3 mile)
350 Market Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 292-9292

Doubletree by Hilton (.3 mile)
411 Minnesota Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 291-8800

Hyatt Place (.4 mile)
180 Kellogg Blvd. East
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 647-5000

Guest Fee

The guest fee is $125 and permits guests of conference attendees to attend the following conference social events:

Please note that conference plenary sessions, meals, and conference breakout sessions are not open to guests.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds for cancellations will be processed as follows:

Cancellation DateRefund Available
Prior to September 1, 201690% of registration paid
September 1-30, 201650% of registration paid
After September 30, 2016No refund available


GIA is committed to making this conference accessible to everyone. Please indicate on your registration form if you require an accommodation or service, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. If you have any questions, please contact us at gia@giarts.org or by phone at (206) 624-2312.

Sustainability at the Conference

In keeping with GIA’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, we do not offer a resource table for distribution of materials at the GIA conference. GIA regularly provides current reports, research, and materials of interest and relevance to the public on our website. Additionally, to further reduce waste, GIA does not provide conference tote bags or miscellaneous handouts.

Conference Documentation

GIA reserves the right to record conference proceedings through videography, photography, and written documentation, including blogs and social media, for non-commercial use on its website and in publications.