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Community Conversations

Black Philanthropy, Arts, and Social Impact

We Wish We Could Do More                                                             Thursday, August 10th

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As donors, we have all uttered this phrase.  This roundtable seeks to challenge the misconception that philanthropy is solely about wealth. By exploring topics such as identity and Black philanthropy, the role of terminology and language play in philanthropy, and the perception of oneself as a philanthropist or someone who "gives back," we aim to shed light on the broader definition of giving in the Black community. We will delve into the multifaceted aspects of giving, including time, talent, and treasure, and emphasize how the community's presence and contributions extend beyond financial measures. Additionally, we will discuss philanthropic activism, the power of small donations, and the significance of everyday giving as an act of resistance, further dismantling the notion that philanthropy is confined to monetary wealth.

From Our Elders                                                                                Thursday, September 14th

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This dialogue explores the rich history and influence of Black philanthropy. We encourage you to invite an Elder artist or donor from the community to join this discussion. Through shared narratives, we will learn how everyday generosity funded community initiatives and how insights from our Elders can inform our future path.


Discover grassroots fundraising strategies that powered their work and how these experiences still guide us in supporting Black arts and activism today. This session offers an opportunity to learn from those who have led movements, understand their strategies, and apply their wisdom to philanthropic pursuits.

Black Like Me: A Conversation with and for Black Artists                 Thursday, October 19th

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Artists in the Black community have always been our societal mirrors, using various mediums such as visual arts, music, dance, and theater to highlight social issues and uplift marginalized voices.

An honest and candid conversation specifically focused on the obstacles and challenges faced by Black artists. This space is designed as a safe and open conversation where Black artists can freely discuss the unique hurdles encountered throughout their creative journeys. Through the sharing of personal stories, insights, and perspectives, we seek to illuminate the realities and complexities of navigating the artistic landscape as a Black artist. This is a conversation that serves as a collective opportunity to address these issues, fostering understanding and paving the way for transformative change. This session will be extended an additional 45min to source solutions and take inventory of shared resources.

Donors and funders are welcome to listen (only). This session prioritizes Black artists' stories. 

Young Gifted & Black One-day Accelerator                                 Thursday, November 16th 

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Addressing the challenges faced by young Black artists in accessing resources and professional development opportunities, the Young Black Artists Accelerator offers a transformative one-day program for creators aged 17 to 27. This initiative provides crucial mentorship and resources in a supportive, community-centric environment, enabling these artists to navigate their creative journeys. As we approach December—the month of generosity—we renew our commitment to nurturing the artistic visions of the next generation. We aim to equip these artists with skills to effectively communicate with potential supporters and patrons. Our program provides tools to overcome common challenges, from mentorship and lessons in writing appeal letters and grants to guidance on building diverse mailing lists and fostering donor engagement. Our objective is to provide a comprehensive, supportive framework for artistic growth, empowering young Black creators to realize their potential. Please email us to register. 

Artists & Donors Virtual Roundtable = A Conversation              Thursday, December 14th

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Join us for a virtual discussion between Black donors and Black artists, where we merge insights from previous conversations to explore practical ways to source support and drive social impact. Building upon information gathered separately from Black donors and Black artists, this conversation aims to bridge the gap and foster collaboration between these two essential groups. By leveraging their experiences and perspectives, we will delve into tangible strategies for sourcing practical support. Through this collaborative effort, we aim to amplify the social impact of Black artists, identify innovative approaches, cultivate partnerships, and empower the community. Together, we can pave the way for transformative change and create a more equitable and inclusive future.

Join us for a series of thought-provoking discussions that celebrate the power of giving and amplify Black voices. From exploring the broader definition of philanthropy and the multifaceted aspects of giving in the Black community, to delving into the history and influence of Black philanthropy with the guidance of our respected Elders, and shedding light on the hurdles faced by Black artists, these conversations aim to foster understanding, catalyze change, and deepen our collective appreciation for the arts. With the participation of philanthropic donors, artists, and community members, we will explore how art can ignite social change, and how philanthropy can drive equity and justice in marginalized communities. Join us on this empowering journey our community shapes a more inclusive and liberated future.

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