2021 GIA Conference
Plurality, Power, and Belonging
Online | Nov 5 – 11

Preconference Events

Virtual preconference sessions will be offered on Friday, November 5 from 2:30-5:30 PM AST via Zoom Meeting. Anyone who has already registered for the virtual conference is eligible to purchase a ticket for a virtual preconference offered as part of the preconference day. The purchase of a conference ticket does not include access to the preconference events on Sunday, which includes virtual preconference sessions.

2:30 pm-5:30 pm AST

This individual artist virtual preconference workshop will explore how funders can be advocates for artists in reconciliation from systemic harm in the form of wealth building and reparations. The session will be virtual in order to expand access to conference attendees who are joining both on-site and remotely.

The Support for Individual Artist Committee will join the GIA team in the development of the day’s agenda.

2:30 pm-5:30 pm AST

In spring of this year, GIA released Solidarity Not Charity: Arts & Culture Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy, a report that explores how the grantmaking community can support culture-workers and artists through an increasingly just economy. “Creatives are ‘going back to the future’ to practices of shared livelihoods rooted in cultural traditions,” report authors Caroline Woolard and Natalia Linares remind us. In collaboration with artists who contributed to the report and GIA members Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) and Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), this workshop will amplify the foundations and current labor of artists and cultural workers anchoring the solidarity economy. Participants will learn about the challenges and impacts of the four-year ECCF’s Creative County Initiative, CCI ChangeMakers, a cohort-learning leadership support program, and imagine what a cooperative center for the study of cultural liberation look like.

Join us for a dynamic discussion and deep dive into these emerging case studies with actionable recommendations for how to invest and support BIPOC creatives who are innovating models for self-determination and community wealth.

2:30 pm-5:30 pm AST

How can funders invest in building a more just future via the narrative change ecosystem? In 2019, the Surdna Foundation launched a national partnership with key leaders from across the narrative change ecosystem. Under the stewardship of the Center for Cultural Power and nearly 100 change leaders, this network is building the essential bridge(s) between justice movements leaders and the cultural sector. And, on the Island, Puerto Rican artists and cultural leaders are building and shaping movements to visibilize, amplify, and positively represent Afro-Caribbean communities by transforming the narratives and realities of Black communities.

Join us for a dynamic discussion and deep dive into these emerging case studies with actionable recommendations for how to invest in building a more just future via the narrative change ecosystem.

2:30 pm-5:30 pm AST

This individual artist focused preconference session will delve into the collaborative work of funders who have situated their grantmaking work at the intersections of cultural preservation, recovery and resilience for the Island’s cultural ecosystem, and creative approaches to supporting individual artists. In collaboration with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Flamboyan Arts Fund, this preconference session will focus on case studies that illustrate how funders in Puerto Rico and the continental US can collaboratively mobilize financial and other resources to create new streams of support for individual artists.

Focusing on Letras Boricuas – a first of its kind fellowship for emerging and established Puerto Rican writers from across the archipelago and the diaspora – participants will have the opportunity to learn about establishing new funding opportunities, how the initiative came together and the challenges we faced along the way, the rigorous and collaborative program design process, navigating power dynamics, centering antiracist practices and language, balancing the unique needs of artistic communities in Puerto Rico and in the diaspora, bilingual communications, how to create space for each party to bring its expertise to the table, and how to translate experience from the continental US into the Puerto Rican context.