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How Five Arts & Culture Funders are Smashing Silos

Monday, October 13, 11:10am – 12:40pm

Room with a View

Organized by Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Presented by Melanie Brown, Program Officer, The Heinz Endowments; Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy; and Judilee Reed, Program Director, Thriving Cultures Program, Surdna.

Philanthropy and communities are stronger when arts and culture grantmaking is connected to other issues and priorities. We will interactively unveil and highlight the work of five foundations that creatively and successfully smash silos to advance arts and social change. We will also spend time in small groups, discussing (1) how to identify structural barriers for cross-silo grantmaking and (2) how to entrepreneurially and explicitly work around or overcome those structural barriers. Additionally, we will create a listing of innovate silo-smashing projects, and that list will be shared with you all after the session.