From fellowships to housing to unrestricted monies, support for individual artists can take many forms. Support for artists have a long and varied history in the United States. While much has changed, there remains a large space for understanding what it takes to be an artist today and support an artist today. Recent articles in the NYTimes and artnet News further expose the racial and wealth inequalities among artists, citing that those more likely to become artists are white women of a higher socioeconomic status.
Please join our partners, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) and the New York Grantmakers in the Arts (NYGIA), for this collaborative session to hear from professionals as we explore the role of philanthropy in funding individual artists.
Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) members have been working together to promote and improve funding for individual artists for over 20 years. The Support for Individual Artists Committee has been one of the most active groups of funders within GIA. Over the years, the committee has been an incubator for such projects as a scan of scholarly research on artist support, a visual timeline outlining the history of artist support funding, major publications, and programs, and the development of a national taxonomy for reporting data on support for individual artists. The committee continues to advise, inspire and inform GIA’s thought leadership and programming in support for individual artists.
In this event, we time-travel to the late 80s, when the work of artists the NEA4, Andres Serrano and Robert Mapplethorpe was ridiculed by mainstream society and sparked the conversation about artistic freedom, censorship, activism and decency standards. For these artists and many others, funding was at stake because of their artistic expression, and these artists and many others catalyzed the beginning of a movement for arts activism that continues today.
- Successes and failures in funding individual artists, the funding climate, limitations and language around support
- The role or responsibility of funders to respond to cultural organizers and movement leaders
- The evolution of funding justice art and art for activism, and how funders can better support individual artists doing this work
- Suzy Delvalle, President and Executive Director, Creative Capital
- Miguel Luciano, Visual Artist
- Liza Jessie Peterson, Playwright
- Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Executive Director, BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
- Dread Scott, Visual Artist
- Eddie Torres (Moderator), President and CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts
All interested funders in the arts and GIA/NYGIA members
2:45 - 3:00 PM Check-in
3:00 - 5:00 PM Program
Registration is required by January 28th.
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Non-Member Funders: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org ($150 fee).
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