It Takes a Village to Support an Artist: Funding Projects Using Social Media and the Internet

Katharine DeShaw

IARC Speaker Series, Institute of American Indian Arts Campus, Library Technology Center Auditorium

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 3:00–5:00 pm, Free

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YouTube Playlist: Listen to the event “It Takes a Village to Support an Artist” and watch one short video by USA Projects.

With the economic decline, it has become more difficult for granting institutions to provide as much support as they have in the past. In recent years, institutions such as USA Projects have developed online forums for artists to market their own work and receive financial backing from a community of supporters. As their website states, “Welcome to a new era for personal philanthropy.” In this talk, USA Projects director Katharine DeShaw talks about her program and how artists can become involved with it. This event is generously supported by the Anne Ray Charitable Trust and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Katharine DeShaw has been the executive director for United States Artists since 2005 and in that capacity serves on its board of directors. Ms. DeShaw has enjoyed a long career in the nonprofit sector working as a consultant, philanthropic advisor, senior development officer, and teacher. Consulting from 2002–2005, she provided strategic management to national nonprofits and philanthropists. Ms. DeShaw created and launched the Nimoy Foundation and designed their national program, Visual Artist Residences. She spent twelve years in art museum management, leading development efforts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Ms. DeShaw also served as the senior development officer for Gay Men's Health Crisis, raising the first major corporate, foundation, and individual contributions in the fight against AIDS worldwide. Early in her career, she led record-breaking fundraising campaigns for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Twyla Tharp Dance, based in New York City.

Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust

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