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 LA 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 LA Art Workers Relief Fund will direct support from every strata of the LA art industry toward this valuable ecosystem of workers.
We invite you to invest in the well-being of LA 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.
This is a true community effort! We cannot do it without you.
The LA Art Workers Relief Fund is happy to announce that we were able to give $1,000 emergency grants to 60 Art Workers in late June. With the support of over 160 donors, our generous Community Partners and Independent Review Committee, and countless individuals who rallied around this effort, we have successfully distributed a first round of grants.
Looking ahead, we can expect the protracted business closures and economic disruptions to take a greater and greater toll on Art Workers. We are currently fundraising for a second round of emergency grants this September. Our goal is to raise enough to give 60 more grants to struggling Art Workers! We have raised $20,000 so far, so spread the word!
An Art Worker is an individual who works in the art industry in a wide variety of essential professional roles:
Visitor Services Associate, Museum Educator, Art Handler, Docent, Maintenance Worker, Intern, Writer, Administrator, Fabricator, Artist's Studio Assistant, Fine Art Shipping Dispatcher, Picture Framer, Museum or Gallery Guard and many more. Over the past several years, art workers have built LA into a thriving arts capital. Unfortunately, a frequent lack of benefits, full-time positions and guaranteed work also leaves many especially vulnerable to the effects of an economic downturn.
Am I eligible to apply?
Art Workers living and/or working in LA County who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 business closures, 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 for our second round of grants will be available in early September on the Apply page of this website. Applications will be anonymized and reviewed by an Independent Review Committee of industry professionals from community arts orgs, galleries, museums 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. Please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page for important deadlines and updates!
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!
The LA Art Workers Relief Fund is organized by a small group of artists who pay the bills with museum, gallery and freelance work in the arts, while maintaining their own creative practices. Over the last few months, we've seen most of our colleagues, the talented and highly-skilled Angelenos who build and maintain exhibitions at successful institutions across LA, fall out of this labor market with little to no institutional support or safety net.
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 during the application process, an Independent Review Committee will review the applications.
The LA 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, Los Angeles Artist Census, Vielmetter Los Angeles, Thank You For Coming and The Homer Project among our community partners.