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Call for Sessions: 2018 GIA Conference

Friday, March 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) is currently seeking session proposals for the 2018 GIA Conference in Oakland, California. The GIA Conference is the largest annual convening of arts funders and the most comprehensive opportunity for our colleagues in the field to learn from each other. GIA greatly values the experience, ideas, and programs that members share with each other and the field at large.


General Conference Information

Dates: Sunday, October 21–Wednesday, October 24

Conference location: 

Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

Session submissions: GIA Members only

Proposal deadline: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 5 PM EDT

Notifications: Starting the second week of May


2018 Conference Session Priorities

The conference committee encourages proposals that:

  • Showcase current or emerging trends, innovative or experimental approaches to grantmaking, and/or creative responses to problems or opportunities facing the cultural community;
  • Spotlight the broad and diverse range of arts funding topics, including GIA's four focus areas - racial equity, arts education, support for individual artists, and capitalization;
  • Highlight local perspectives that can also be applied to other locations and communities;
  • Include presenters who are artists, experts, new grantmakers, and non-arts grantmakers who represent diverse perspectives and populations;
  • Demonstrate collaborations among funders or funders and other sectors;
  • Stimulate discussion and debate, challenge conventional thinking, and/or offer different points of view;
  • Provide practical advice or tips for funders to take back to their workplaces.


Information About Conference Sessions

60- and 75/90-minute Conference Sessions: Breakout sessions are expository and participatory in nature. Sessions may include no more than two presenters per 60-minute session, and three presenters per 75-minute and 90-minute session. A session's facilitator/moderator is not included in the presenter limit. Session organizers must set aside at least 30% of their session for direct attendee participation and discussion.

Off-Site Sessions: 90-minute off-site sessions take place on Tuesday afternoon at arts-related venues often linked to session content. Off-site sessions are allotted in a three-hour time slot which includes time for travel to and from the site, site tours, and/or site-specific presentations. Off-site sessions will be located in the downtown area within close proximity to the conference site.

150-minute Workshop Sessions: Proposals may be considered for sessions that more deeply investigate a single and specific activity, program, or technology. Presenter limits could vary depending on the workshop structure.


How to Propose Conference Sessions

  1. Review the GIA Conference Session Guidelines.
  2. Log in to your account on the GIA website and select the 2018 Conference Proposal Form link on the left. Submit the form no later than March 20. For assistance with user accounts, click the Create new account or Request new password links on the login page or contact Aryo Wicaksono at
  3. After the conference committee has selected the sessions, we will contact session organizers individually to ask for more details. The staff and conference committee will work with session organizers, as appropriate, to identify any local resources needed.


Session Costs

Members proposing and organizing sessions pay their own costs associated with attending the conference and are asked to pay the transportation and lodging expenses for their non-member presenters. GIA will pay all membership-ineligible session presenters a $200 honorarium and cover their one-day speaker registration. Once sessions have been accepted, conference staff will work with each organizer to coordinate session details.


If you have questions, contact Sherylynn Sealy at or (929) 452-3740.

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