2018: Culture and the Arts

2018 Power of Giving program
Clockwise from top left: Project Plié dancers, Laura Callanan, Mary Stuart Masterson, David M. Rubenstein, Alberto Ibargüen, and Darren Walker

Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, gives the keynote at the third annual Power of Giving symposium focusing on philanthropy’s impact on—and through—culture and the arts. Philanthropic and cultural leaders from the American Ballet Theatre, Knight Foundation, and Smithsonian join historians, performing artists, and impact investors in discussions about the role of philanthropy in supporting artistic expression and cultural institutions.

Dance and live painting performances punctuate conversations about the arts as a tool for mobilizing resources, transforming communities, bridging differences, and drawing attention to issues of consequence.

The annual Power of Giving symposium brings historic perspectives to contemporary conversations about philanthropy’s impact. View other Power of Giving symposiums focusing on annual themes: the 2020 Power of Giving focusing on Educational Equity; the 2019 Power of Giving symposium on Health and Medicine; and the 2016 Power of Giving symposium on Sustainability and the Environment. The 2015 Power of Giving symposium examined philanthropy more broadly as part of the launch of the Philanthropy Initiative. 


Power of Giving 2018

2018 Power of Giving - Smithsonian Welcome

David J. Skorton, MD
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

2018 Power of Giving - Museum Welcome

John L. Gray
Elizabeth MacMillan Director
National Museum of American History

Culture, Arts & Democracy: The Origins of American Cultural Institutions

Amanda B. Moniz
David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy
National Museum of American History

David J. Skorton
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Why Cultural Philanthropy Matters

David M. Rubenstein
Chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents

Project Plié: The American Ballet Theatre’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Irene Hirano Inouye
President, US-Japan Council

Cynthia Harvey
Artistic Director, Jackie Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre

Susan Fales-Hill
Former Trustee, American Ballet Theatre

Kirven Douthit-Boyd
Co-Artistic Director, Center of Creative Arts (COCA), St. Louis

Morocco Britt-El, Kelly Hicks, Azrielle Smith
Jackie Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet

The Future of Funding the Arts

Impact Investing Through a Creativity Lens
Laura Callanan

Founding Partner of Upstart Co-Lab

The Creative Economy Makes Local Work
Mary Stuart Masterson

Founder of the Stockade Works and Upriver Studios

Next Gen Arts Patrons Are Impact Investors
Sam Bonsey

Senior Director of The ImPact

Arts Bind People to Place & Each Other

Alberto Ibargüen
President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Capturing Culture

Brandon Hill and Peter Chang
No Kings Collective

2018 Power of Giving Closing Remarks

John L. Gray
Elizabeth MacMillan Director
National Museum of American History