Arts Funders Forum is hosting its second annual (virtual) summit at an unprecedented time for arts funding. The twin crises of a pandemic and global recession, combined with large-scale action towards equality and social justice, have accelerated new philanthropic models — ones that are more diverse, equitable, sustainable, and democratic. Art funders are rising up like never before to champion the arts, and artists, as essential for rebuilding communities, strengthening democracy, and inspiring creative solutions to global challenges. Building on the work of the “Remake the Model” charrette series, AFF’s annual summit will bring together cultural innovators and entrepreneurs, pathbreaking artists, leaders of visionary cultural institutions, and next-generation philanthropists, to explore the challenges and opportunities for the arts in 2021 and beyond. The program will present tactical recommendations for how cultural communities can invest in new models of philanthropy, inspire more active engagement and financial support for the arts, and leverage our current moment to reimagine the arts sector in ways that reflect the values of a new generation.
JiaJia Fei, Founder of the First Digital Agency for Art
Claude Grunitzky, Trustee, MASS MoCA; Founder, TRUE Africa
Catherine Gund, Founder & Director, Aubin Pictures
Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project
Sam Jacobs, Co-Director, JG3 Collaborative
Sandy S. Lee, Treasurer, Joan Mitchell Foundation
Shaun Leonardo, Artist
K.C. Maurer, CFO & Treasurer, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Jonathan T. D. Neil, Associate Professor of Art Business & Arts Management; Founding Director, Center for Business and Management of the Arts, Claremont Graduate University
Jeremiah Olayinka Ojo, Founder & Director, lèkùn Wa
Anna Raginskaya, Financial Advisor, Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley
Gabrielle Sulzberger, Co-Chair, Black Trustee Alliance
Heidi Zuckerman, Founder, HiZ.art