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Narrative Change: Inspiring a Vision and Protecting the Freedoms to Move and Stay

Hosting Organization: 
Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
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What would it take to imagine a radical society where people are able to exercise their freedom to move and their freedom to stay? What does that culture look like? How does imagining such a time and place inspire us to take steps toward making that a reality for artists and beyond?

Join Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at 2pm EDT/11am PDT for a 75-minute webinar, daring funders to imagine what is possible, and moving them to take action.

We will be joined by Nayantara Sen, former master trainer, Race Forward’s Butterfly Lab for Immigrant Narrative Strategy; Terry Marshall, founder and creative director, Intelligent Mischief & Black Migrant Futures Design Lab, and Nick Szuberla, executive director and co-founder, Narrative Arts. They will discuss:

  • the power of storytelling to shift and build narratives and how artists are at the helm of this work;
  • common misconceptions and narratives within, and about, newcomer communities and beyond; and
  • ways arts funders can be more nuanced in their support towards narrative shift and narrative change with an immigrant justice lens.

This webinar will be moderated by Cairo Mendes, director of state and local programs, Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees, and Sherylynn Sealy, senior program manager, Grantmakers in the Arts.

Live captioning will be available in English throughout the webinar. For additional accommodation requests, please contact GIA Senior Program Manager Sherylynn Sealy, at least three (3) business days prior to the event.

How to Register/RSVP: 


Free for GIA members; $35 for non-GIA members