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Event Information:

  • Mon

    Trust Black Women: How Black Female Artists, Arts Workers, and Cultural Leaders are Conspiring to Reshape the World

    3:00 pmGrantmakers in the Arts, 2020 Power, Practice, Resilience: Remix'd Conference

    Alison is pleased to be on this conference panel during the 2020 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference.

    Session Details:

    This diverse group of Black women will share a brief history of their collaborative work on the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Initiative, a 30+ year shared funding program of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments aimed at supporting Black artists and arts organizations. Panel attendees will learn about the program's history and how the recent on-boarding of Black women radically changed the course of the work and its outcomes.

    As a tribe within a tribe, these Black women hold their own Black womanhood as a valid identity to fight within the philanthropic sphere and in life. Each presenter will share the principles that guide their local and national endeavors which center inclusion based on existing skill-sets, strategies for evaluating impact with and in Black communities, and their intergenerational approach to philanthropy that uplifts Black people, especially Black women, in every step of the process.

    Through social, intellectual, and financial capital these women cosponsor systems, policies and logistics in an effort to leverage networks, increase program visibility and envision experimental funding strategies thereby creating more opportunities for Black female artists, arts workers and cultural leaders across the field, both now and in the future.


    • Shaunda McDill, Program Officer, Arts & Culture, The Heinz Endowments
    • Alison McNeil, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, McNeil Creative Enterprises
    • Jessica Moss, Philanthropic Fellow, Arts & Culture, The Pittsburgh Foundation
    • Celeste Smith, Program Officer for Arts & Culture, The Pittsburgh Foundation
    • Lisa Yancey, President, Yancey Consulting, LLC