Centering Equity and Exploring the Concept of "Investment"

Thursday, June 14, 9:15 am - 11:00 am

Start by discussing why it's important to center equity in your strategies of investment, and then expand the concept of investment beyond distributing funds -- how does how you're allocating staff time, what skills you're hiring for, how you're educating your constituents, what you're doing with the spaces and places you might oversee, etc., play into a broader conception of "investment," and put you in a better position to move towards equity?



Maurine Knighton
Program Director for the Arts
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
New York, New York

Maurine Knighton is the program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. In that capacity, she supervises a grants program focusing on artists and organizations in the theater, contemporary dance, jazz and presenting fields.

Knighton’s previous positions include senior vice president for Grantmaking at the Nathan Cummings Foundation; executive producer and president of 651 Arts; senior vice president at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone; program manager at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, where she established and managed the Community Alliances program of the Cultural Facilities Fund; and managing director of the Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, MN. Knighton has also served as board member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Grantmakers in the Arts, and panelist and advisor to the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Arts Presenters Ensemble Theater Program and others.

Gary P. Steuer
President | CEO
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
Denver, Colorado

Gary Steuer has headed Denver, Colorado’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation since October 2013. He oversees the foundation’s $3 million in annual grantmaking to arts and culture in the Denver area. From 2008-2013 he was the Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia, directing the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Before that, Mr. Steuer was the Vice President for Private-Sector Affairs at Americans for the Arts, advancing foundation, corporate and individual philanthropy for the arts nationally. He served for ten years as the President and CEO of the national Arts & Business Council Inc. before and during its merger with Americans for the Arts. He has also been active in speaking and writing about cultural philanthropy and policy issues.