UPDATE: Metabolic Studio has pledged a $25,000 Matching Grant to the LA Art Workers Relief Fund.

The LA Art Workers Relief Fund is excited to announce a matching grant challenge from Metabolic Studio in support of Los Angeles’ art industry workers. For the next $25,000 raised, your contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Metabolic Studio!

The LA Art Workers Relief Fund is an emergency response to the sudden, widespread economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to raise at least $250,000 in order to distribute $1,000 grants to as many art workers across L.A. County as possible. 

With the shuttering of our arts institutions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of art workers across Los Angeles are finding themselves unable to meet basic financial obligations like rent. The L.A. Art Workers Relief Fund will direct support from every strata of the L.A. art world toward this valuable ecosystem of workers. 

We invite you to invest in the well-being of L.A. art workers, whether you're an established artist or art collector with a big heart, a gallery director who values your team, a museum board member interested in righting the ship, a lover of the arts who wants to help, or a fellow art worker who can afford to pitch in. 

And your contribution counts more than ever, as Metabolic Studio will fully match your donation! This is a true community effort! We cannot do it without you.

What is an Art Worker?

An art worker is an individual who works in the art world in a wide variety of essential roles: 

Visitor Services Associate, Educator, Security Guard, Art Handler, Docent, Maintenance Worker,  Intern, Writer, Administrator, Fabricator, Artist's Studio Assistant, Dispatcher, Picture Framer and many, many more.

These are the people who work behind the scenes to transport, install, care for, and interpret our cultural heritage.  They include many emerging visual artists, musicians, writers, and other valued members of our communities and they commute from every neighborhood across LA County.

Over the past several years, art workers have built LA into a thriving arts capital.  Unfortunately, a frequent lack of benefits or guaranteed work also leaves many especially vulnerable to the effects of an economic downturn.

Am I eligible to apply?

All art workers living or working in LA County who have experienced a wage disruption due to COVID-19 and who can show that they worked in a visual arts-related job in the six months prior to the corona virus-related closures are eligible to apply. 

How do I apply?

A simple online application and instructions will be available beginning June 5th on the Apply page of our web site:  Applications will be anonymized and reviewed by an independent review committee comprised of experienced professionals from non-profit art organizations, community arts orgs and arts agencies.  We anticipate a greater number of applicants than we will be able to serve so grants will be distributed according to need.   

The number of grants we are able to distribute ultimately depends on how much we raise, so please help us raise funds by spreading the word!

Who we Are

The L.A. Art Workers Relief Fund is organized by a small group of artists who pay the bills with museum, gallery and freelance work in the art world, while maintaining their own creative practices. Over the last few weeks, we've seen most of our colleagues, the talented and highly-skilled Angelenos who build and maintain exhibitions at successful institutions across L.A., fall out of this labor market with no institutional support or safety net to rely on.

We believe this crisis is best met by promoting unity across a wide range of interdependent roles in the arts, and we see this as a unique opportunity for the art world to reinvest in the well-being of its labor force.

We are donating our time, energy and passion to the campaign so that 100% of the funds raised (minus GoFundMe and fiscal sponsor fees) will be given directly to our grant applicants. In order to be responsible stewards of the funds, we have partnered with several community organizations who are helping us spread information to as large and diverse an audience as possible before the application period begins. To maintain clear boundaries in the application process, an independent review committee will review the applications.

The L.A. Art Workers Relief Fund is a project of Fulcrum Arts’ Emerge Program. We are proud to count Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Women's Center for Creative Work, L.A. Artists Census and The Homer Project, among our rapidly growing group of community supporters.