See you IN SAN JUAN!
2023 GIA Annual Conference: Revisiting Pasts to Build the Future
In-person Conference | November 5—8
Grantmakers in the Arts is eager to welcome you – finally - to San Juan! Following a pivot late in 2021, we postponed the in-person experiences to 2023, and here we are! While much has occurred in the interim, the communities and organizing efforts led by artists, culture bearers, and grantmakers, remain. As we look toward the future – a future that must be more equitable and just – we must reflect on how the past informed our present.
Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto, and its people shape and are shaped by place and environment, history and geopolitics, and a complex colonial history that defines its status as a US territory, the ancestors of our legacies – Taíno, African, and European – and diverse social and cultural narratives of an island and a diaspora. We look to Puerto Rico for energy and inspiration, creativity and struggle. While we do this, the creators who supply that source of relief at the end of a long day are succumbed to the inequities of the labor force, affordable space and access, asset ownership, and the nonprofit industrial complex. How are we, as stewards of wealth and holders of power, using our imaginations to build a present and future that will redress past and present struggle? Artists and activists are among the many calling for change, and they continue to lead the way for imagining different relationships of belonging in new futures.
Join us in-person for four days of immersion in the vast and layered cultural ecosystem of Puerto Rico with keynotes, breakout sessions, off-sites, cultural tours, and more!
Something special this year, we present the GIA Summer Series! This virtual track of the conference offers an opportunity to participate in sessions if travel isn’t possible for you. These sessions will include conversations about just transition and the cultural funding sector, learning directly from Puerto Rican artists, supporting artists beyond museum walls, and more. You can register for just these sessions, one Wednesday per month between July and October, or you can register for the full conference and access to the Summer Series is included!
Virtual Workshops | July—October
For those who won’t be joining in-person, please join us during the Summer Series, a virtual track of the 2023 GIA Annual Conference where local artists and GIA members will share their learnings and recommendations,
just like in San Juan.
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Half + Full Day Offerings
Want an opportunity to dive a little deeper into an important conversation about cultural organizing or support for individual artists? Want to help shape a new cultural policy committee or meet local community-based artists?
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Join us in-person for four days of connecting, learning, and immersion in San Juan’s cultural ecosystem amongst colleagues and friends.
This ticket includes access to all GIA Summer Series Virtual Sessions, too!
As with the last few conferences, the plenary sessions will not be separated by artists labs and keynotes; rather all plenary sessions will feature a combination of artists, artist-led organizations, or critical voices within the field speaking or in conversation. The invited slate of plenary session speakers is outlined below.
The conference will be held at the iconic Caribe Hilton. Due to the overwhelming number of registrants, the conference hotel is now sold out, as well as the overflow hotel.
We encourage you to visit the FAQ page under "Where is the conference hotel and how can I make reservations?" for a list of recommended hotels in San Juan.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Booth Ferris Foundation
Miranda Family Fund
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
David Rockefeller Fund