This meeting will feature a conversation with Eddie Torres (bio), President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts (about GIA), plus time to share updates and help requests with fellow arts funders.
Eddie will reflect on what he’s seeing from GIA’s national vantage point, share GIA’s current priorities, and preview the upcoming 2023 GIA Annual Conference. Eddie is also eager to hear what’s on the minds of local funders investing in LA’s arts and culture ecosystem. This promises to be a dynamic conversation with one of our nation’s top arts philanthropy leaders.
About LA Arts Funders
LA Arts Funders is a peer learning group that provides opportunities for public and private sector grantmakers to deepen their knowledge of arts philanthropy, expand their professional networks, and explore topical issues affecting LA County's arts and culture ecosystem.
President & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts
Eddie Torres most recently served as deputy commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City, where he played a leadership role in the development of the city’s long-term sustainability plan, the city's first cultural plan and a study of and efforts to support the diversity of the city’s cultural organizations. Prior, he was a program officer with The Rockefeller Foundation, where he worked on the foundation’s support for arts and culture, jobs access, and resilience. He has also served in the dean’s office at Parsons School for Design, on the arts and culture team at The Ford Foundation as well as on the staff of the Bronx Council on the Arts. Torres serves on the board of directors of United Philanthropy Forum, as well as serving on its Public Policy Committee. He holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Management from The New School.