Foundation Launches Second Round of the Arts Resiliency Fund
Fund Establishes Microgrants For Local Artists Impacted By the Pandemic
Applications Accepted Now Through November 17th
Culver City, October 29, 2021 – The Culver City Arts Foundation (Culver Arts), which supports the arts in Culver City through its mission to preserve the past, enrich the present, and create the future of arts and culture in the community, announced the launch of its second round of the Arts Resiliency Fund, which helps artists pay their bills. In response to the economic hardships, many creative individuals and organizations are currently facing, the Arts Resiliency Fund provides microgrants to artists to pay for utilities and other basic expenses. Despite many aspects of life seemingly returning to “normal”, most artists and the arts will be the last to recover, especially economically. By providing these much-needed funds, Culver Arts supports artists to maintain focus on their creative endeavors and imagine new possibilities through their artwork.
“Art and artists are at the core of our community here in Culver City and with these grants, Culver Arts has been able to help our artists remain resilient despite the challenges faced over the last year and a half, ” said Jim Clarke, Culver Arts Chair. “We’re pleased to be able to continue providing grants through this fund to those who need it the most. We hope they continue to stay in Culver City and thrive!”
The Foundation has already provided almost $10,000 to eleven artists with funds of up to $1,000 each in the first round of the Arts Resiliency Fund. Grantees included writers who had to shelve their screenplay, a visual arts teacher who was let go due to lockdowns, theater directors who are still waiting for theater doors to open, and musicians with canceled performances. One playwright ironically had to put her play “Worst-Case Scenario” on hold through lockdown and had to unexpectedly pay for storage costs for the set.
One grantee said in their request, “COVID has catastrophically impacted my life/work by bringing all means of income to a halt for me. I have been attempting to reestablish some form of income musically but to no avail. I am anxious and devastated by this shift in atmosphere. ….I desperately need some help!”
Anyone interested in applying for a microgrant through the Arts Resiliency Fund can find a simple application form at https://culverarts.org/culvercityresilient/. The deadline to apply is November 17th, with recipients being announced on Giving Tuesday, November 30th – a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.
With a goal to quickly raise $100,000 for the Arts Resiliency Fund, the Foundation is also hoping to open up $5,000 grants to non-profit arts organizations in the community. Culver Arts is accepting donations to the fund at www.culverarts.org through GiveButter.com/culverarts or mailed to Culver City Arts Foundation, PO Box 4521, Culver City, CA 90231. Donations are tax-deductible (FEIN 84-1697150) and 100% of the funds will directly support the arts.
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About Culver City Arts Foundation
Since its launch in 2018, the Culver City Arts Foundation has been a leader in supporting the arts in Culver City, providing major funding to programs such as the Culver City Performing Arts Grants and the Artist Laureate program. For over a year, Culver Arts partnered with the Helms Bakery District on #ProjectingPossibilities, which featured the work of a local artist each week with their work projected on the front doors of the Helms Design Center. Visit www.helmsbakerydistrict.com/projecting-possibilities for more information about #ProjectingPossibilities, and www.culverarts.org for more information about the Culver City Arts Foundation and the Arts Resiliency Fund. While the #Projecting Possibilities project recently wrapped, we are always looking for new opportunities to collaborate in local arts.
Culver City Arts Foundation
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