In the days since our previous roundup of emergency funds available to the greater Los Angeles art community, a hefty number of resources have come online, from philanthropic, governmental, and grassroots sources. Below are some of the most promising among the recently announced programs supporting artists and arts organizations in getting the help they need.
The Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists is a massive undertaking, seeking to distribute a pot of $655,000 directly to individual artists impacted by the pandemic. It’s funded by a consortium including the California Community Foundation (CCF), the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Sam Francis Foundation, the Shepard and Amanda Fairey Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), which is administering this Fund. Apply by May 25 here: cciarts.org/LAEmergencyRelief.htm.
The Desert X Artist Relief Fund. A lot of people have enjoyed the two iterations of this Palm Springs-region land art biennial; and lots of people were extremely critical of and even outraged by their decision to site their third edition in Saudi Arabia, citing human rights and free speech abuses and, you know, murdered journalists. Whatever your feelings on the subject, their foundation has announced an Artist Relief program, funded by the Desert X Board of Directors and the Desert X team, formed to, “distribute emergency grants to visual artists living and working in Southern California, including the Coachella Valley and desert environs, who have been directly impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.” One-time unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 will be administered on a rolling basis until they run out of money. Apply here: desertx.org/artist-relief-fund.
The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs has opened the second round of emergency relief grant support aimed specifically at artists and small ensembles. If you had a public event that was scheduled for between March 16 and June 30 that was canceled for pandemic-related reasons, you can apply for between $400-$1,200. Solo artists and small ensembles across dance, music or theater; independent film screenings; literary artists with canceled public readings or book-signings; craft and folk artists with canceled shows; and teaching artists with canceled classes are all eligible to apply in this round. Artists in design and the visual arts will be the focus of the forthcoming third round, launching in mid-May. In the meantime, if you fit round two, apply here before June 1: culturela.org/grants-and-calls/aer-fund/.
And last but certainly not least, the L.A. Art Workers Relief Fund is in the process of raising $250,000 which they intend to distribute in $1000 grants to art workers — from conservators to installers, preparators, movers, gallery attendants and more — whose livelihoods have been directly threatened by the outbreak and the reasonable but still devastating shuttering of galleries, museums and institutions. The fund is closing in on $30,000 raised so far, which is a lot but not enough to fully address the growing need. So if you can, please consider making a donation to support the people who keep art safe and make sure it looks its best when we visit. And if you need their help, contact them here: laartworkersrelieffund.org.
Please refer to our previous posts on this topic for any opportunities you may have missed which may still be available: