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Reimagining the Economy with Innovative Support

Thursday, May 7, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
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We all know the phrase “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it!” This can seem quite reasonable in the moment. But, all too often, this familiar line becomes, “if it’s not broken for me, why fix it?” And this is a different kind of problem. When we consider the economy, and specifically the arts economy, funders have continued to solely practice project-based funding. However, although we see a shift in the philanthropic sector towards granting more GOS funding in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, is that enough for artists to thrive? But if funders are to support artists holistically beyond projects (i.e. provide support towards real estate ownership, furthering education, etc.), how should funders be more strategic and forward thinking? Join us on May 7 to hear from Jeffreen M. Hayes, executive director, ThreeWalls Gallery; Angie Kim, president & CEO, Center for Cultural Innovation; and F. Javier Torres, program director, Thriving Cultures, Surdna Foundation. They will share how grantmakers can be forward-thinking about support for artist and arts organizations via a look at the arts economy and what needs to shift, as well as looking at innovative solutions to supporting artists.

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