Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists

OVERVIEW 

California Community Foundation (CCF) together with the J. Paul Getty Trust, The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Sam Francis Foundation, and the Shepard and Amanda Fairey Foundation have launched the Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists to support visual artists’ financial needs during the economic crisis that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. The Fund will be administered by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a nonprofit intermediary focused on the financial well-being of those in the arts. The partners invite additional donations to the fund, and more information about how to contribute is provided below.

To learn more about supporting this fund, please contact Stephania Ramirez, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at sramirez [@] calfund [.] org

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BACKGROUND

COVID-19 is a critical time to support artists, many of whom have lost their standard opportunities to earn income. There are no public events or exhibitions and gig work has dried up. Moreover, many artists are independent workers who do not qualify for unemployment benefits, meaning that they feel the pain of this economic recession keenly.  The ability for the arts sector to come back and serve our communities depends on its artists. They need financial support for groceries, medical bills, transportation, and rent. Relief funding will help artists manage such expenses and, hopefully, keep them in our communities. For we know well that the arts are an essential component of healthy communities, and you can’t have the arts without artists.

ABOUT THE FUND

The Fund makes available $655,000 in financial support to visual artists who are permanent residents of Los Angeles County, and who are not currently enrolled in school. A broad definition of “visual art” is used and includes painting, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, illustration, sculpture, video, new media, textiles, mural and public art, photography, performance art, social practice, sound art, and installation-based practices. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate their artistic practice by providing a link to a website featuring their work.

Additionally, applicants will be asked to describe their financial needs and requested to apply only if they are facing immediate needs. This is meant to reserve as much of the Fund as possible for those facing significant financial threats.

Grants will be distributed with priority consideration to reflect the cultural and geographic diversity of L.A. County. Individuals may apply for up to $2,000.

APPLICATION TIMELINE AND LINK TO APPLY

May 4, 2020 – Application Cycle Opens
May 25, 2020 – Application Cycle Closes
June 3, 2020 – Notifications Made

Please use this link to apply for funds: https://www.cciarts.org/LAEmergencyRelief.htm

TO MAKE A DONATION

We invite you to join us in this effort by helping sustain our community of dedicated, talented, and diverse artists.  To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below.

You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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