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

Conference Sessions


8:00 - 9:30 Breakfast Plenary
9:30 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:30
Advancing Solutions to Critical City Challenges through Public Art
Organized by Anita Contini, Program Lead, Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Arts Education Assessment and Grantee Capacity Building for the Greater Good
Organized by Wendy Liscow, Education Program Director, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Building Financial Equity in Arts Organizations
Organized by Glyn Northington, Special Initiatives Director, Nonprofits Assistance Fund.
Cracking the Readiness Code: What It Means for ALAANA Organizations
Organized by Sharnita Johnson, Program Director, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Creating a New Framework for Arts and Culture in Rural America
Organized by Susan DuPlessis, Program Director, South Carolina Arts Commission.
Creating Funding Opportunities for Artists with Disabilities
Organized by Beth Bienvenu, Accessibility Director, National Endowment for the Arts.
Creative Forces: Arts Therapies in Military Healing Arts
Organized by Marete Wester, Senior Director of Arts Policy, Americans for the Arts.
Creative Placemaking From the Community Up
Organized by Sharon LaRue, Executive Director, Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Desegregating the American Dream: Storytelling and Social Change
Organized by Elizabeth Méndez Berry, Director, Voice, Creativity and Culture, The Nathan Cummings Foundation.
Remaking Arts and Culture Strategies in Response to New Realities
Organized by Regina Smith, Managing Director, Arts and Culture, The Kresge Foundation.
Way Beyond Programming: Sustainably Engaging Diverse Audiences
Organized by Stephanie Brown, Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation.
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 1:30 Luncheon Plenary
1:30 - 2:00 Break
2:00 - 3:15
Addressing Disasters in 4-D: The Arts Field’s Readiness Toolkit
Organized by Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, Deputy Director and Accessibility Coordinator, South Arts.
Arts in Medicine: Research and Practice at University of Florida Health
Organized by Grantmakers in the Arts.
AZ Creative Aging: Building Field Infrastructure via Multisector Investment
Organized by Alex Nelson, Senior Director of Grants and Programs, Arizona Commission on the Arts.
Building Intercultural Leadership
Organized by Maria De Leon, President & CEO, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.
Capitalizing Small Cultural Organizations in Pittsburgh: A Pilot Funding Collaborative
Organized by Janet Sarbaugh, Vice President, Creativity, The Heinz Endowments.
Co-Creating Theater Online and Off (or IRL)
Organized by Amanda Thompson, Program Officer, Arts, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Engaging Communities for Equitable Access to High-Quality Arts Education
Organized by Michelle Boss Barba, Program Officer for Arts & Culture, The Oregon Community Foundation.
Holding Ourselves Accountable
Organized by Margaret M. Lioi, CEO, Chamber Music America.
Mapping Our Assumptions
Organized by Emilya Cachapero, Director of Artistic and International Programs, Theatre Communications Group; and Moira Brennan, Executive Director, The MAP Fund, Inc.
Racial Equity in Grantmaking for Individual Artists
Organized by Brian McGuigan, Program Director, Artist Trust.
Research, Engagement and Cultural Planning: A New York Story
Organized by Kerry McCarthy, Program Director - Thriving Communities, The New York Community Trust; and Judilee Reed, Director - Thriving Cultures, Surdna Foundation.
3:15 - 3:45 Break
3:45 - 4:45
Assessing Impact and Measuring What Matters
Organized by Heather Pontonio, Art Program Director, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.
Co-Design + Collaboration + Creativity = Strengthened Arts Sector
Organized by Paul Ternes, Program Officer, Peter Kiewit Foundation.
Cultural Equity, Institutional Power, and Whiteness: A Complex Intersection
Organized by Marian Godfrey, Cultural Advisor and Donor, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Detroit Storytelling
Organized by Margaret Morton, Program Officer, Ford Foundation.
Expansion Arts: Capacity Building and Leadership Development in Emerging/Small ALAANA Organizations
Organized by Daniel Kertzner, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Rhode Island Foundation.
Measuring Youth Arts Impact
Organized by Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Arts Expansion Director, EdVestors.
Out of the Rabbit Hole: Demystifying the Journey of Impact Assessment
Organized by Vanessa Silberman, Senior Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation.
Recalculating the Formula for Success: New Research on Formulaic Funding
Organized by Grantmakers in the Arts.
The Indigenous Arts Ecology and Cross-Sector Data
Organized by Lori Pourier, President, First Peoples Fund.
6:30 No-Host Dine-Arounds


8:00 - 9:30 Breakfast Plenary
9:30 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:30
Arts & the Civic Agenda: A Case Study of Innovation
Organized by Michael Norris, Vice President of External Relations, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Arts and Social Change: A New Framework for Assessing Aesthetics
Organized by Lulani Arquette, President/CEO, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
Building Cultural Equity: A Tale of Two Cities
Organized by Ryan Deal, Vice President, Cultural & Community Investment, Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
How can Anchor Cultural Institutions Make Maximum Impact?
Organized by Susan Feder, Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Investing in ALAANA Cultural Organizations: Reflections from the Community Leadership Project
Organized by Amy Kitchener, Executive Director, Alliance for California Traditional Arts.
Leadership Development: Investing in Change-Makers
Organized by Caitlin Strokosch, President & CEO, National Performance Network / Visual Artists Network.
Leveraging Grantmaker Priorities With State & Local Elected Officials
Organized by Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts.
Movements That Matter: How Data-driven Strategies are Building Communities
Organized by San San Wong, Senior Program Officer, Barr Foundation.
Perspectives in Place-Based Arts Engagement
Organized by Sigal Hemy, Program Officer, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation; and Jodee Raines, Vice President of Programs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.
Teaching Artistry: From Fragmentation to Unity
Organized by Jessica Mele, Program Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 1:30 Luncheon Plenary
1:30 - 2:00 Break
2:00 - 5:00 (Off-site Sessions)
Space is limited at off-site sessions, so a ticket is required. Tickets will be avail­able at the registration desk begin­ning at 7:30am on Monday mor­ning. If the tickets for a given session are gone, you will know that it is filled and can make another choice.
‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match:’ Lessons Learned from Cross Sector Research Partnerships
Detroit Center for Design + Technology
Organized by Jamie Hand, Director of Research Strategies, ArtPlace America.
Arts and Juvenile Justice: Structuring Better Outcomes for Detained Youth
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Organized by Frances Phillips, Program Director, Arts and the Creative Work Fund, Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
Grassroots Organizing: The Impact of Neighborhood Art Movements
Artist Village
Organized by Christina deRoos, Director, Kresge Arts in Detroit; and Ryan Myers-Johnson, Assistant Director, Kresge Arts in Detroit.
Leveraging the Power of Arts, Culture and Design for Community & Urban Development in America’s Cities
N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
Organized by Michelle D. Johnson, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation.
Storytelling Now: Media Artists Empowering People to Tell and Share Their Stories
Organized by David Haas, Vice Chair, Wyncote Foundation.
The Arts Approach to Building Connections between Muslim and Non-Muslim Communities: Creative Solutions from the Field
Organized by Cheryl Ikemiya, Senior Program Officer for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Maurine Knighton, Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and Zeyba Rahman, Senior Program Officer, Building Bridges Program, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
5:15 Shuttles begin to depart from the hotel for the Detroit Institute of Art