The 2011 Grantmakers in the Arts conference, Embracing the Velocity of Change, will meet at the intersection of art, technology and social change. As funders face a landscape of unprecedented changes and technology accelerates both the pace and reach of these changes, our philanthropic community is responding to critical questions of equity in funding programs and practices.
NCG members, in particular the Arts Loan Fund, are deeply involved in the planning and development of this year’s conference. The conference co-chairs include NCG & ALF Members John McGuirk, Director of Performing Arts Program, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation; Frances Phillips, Program Director, Arts & Creative Work Fund, Walter & Elise Haas Fund; Diane Sanchez, Director of Grantmaking & Donor Services, East Bay Community Foundation; and Ted Russell, Senior Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation.
The conference kicks off with two very special preconferences on Sunday, October 9th:
- Arts & Technology Preconference – To be held at San Jose’s award winning City Hall, this preconference takes you to the capital of the tech revolution for an up-close look at the intersection of technology and the arts from the grantmaker’s perspective. Mozilla Foundation‘s Mark Surman will set the tone for the day before participants break off to explore some of the latest innovations, strategies and tools driving technology engagement in the arts community.
- Individual Artist & Social Justice Preconference – Taking place at San Francisco’s SOMArts and facilitated by keynote presenter performing artist Rhodessa Jones, this preconference will engage participants in a dialogue rooted at the intersection of individual artistic practice and a diverse array of social justice issues that may include environmental justice, immigrant justice, racial/indigenous justice, and food justice.
As a special offer to NCG members, GIA has extended the invitation for new members who join Grantmakers in the Arts before August 31, 2011 to receive both 2011 and 2012 membership for the cost of a single year.