As the COVID-19 crisis reshapes the reality of life in LA and communities across the world, Arts for LA understands that artists and cultural organizations have a key role to play in meeting the challenges of this moment. Our Creative Communities in Crisis Open Letter is calling for policymakers and grant makers to:
- Include artists and arts organizations in relief and recovery funds
- Provide publicly-backed emergency grants and interest free loans to artists and nonprofit arts organizations
- Create protections & provide immediate support for the contract workers that make up over half of Southern California’s creative sector
- Pool relief funds for artists and arts organizations among philanthropic foundations
- Relax grantee requirements/deliverables now unmeetable due to outbreak
- Increase unrestricted, flexible funding by public and private grant makers to allow small & mid sized organizations to adapt to evolving situations.
Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world and Angelenos have always understood that the ability to create and experience art is a fundamental human need. The arts are not optional - they are vital to our economy and the wellbeing of our families. Throughout history, the arts have been essential to Los Angeles’s progress and resilience. Today, in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, our city’s artists are already on the frontlines - helping Angelenos unite, find beauty, and forge community. Do not leave us behind.
Over 750 arts advocates have added their name to an open letter asking policymakers and grant makers to provide emergency funding for artists.
TAKE DIGITAL ACTION
Social Media Campaign
Choose your favorite image (or more than one!) to post and share a message with elected officials and grant makers. Don’t forget to tag!
To download any of these to your computer, click on the image to view the full-size, then right click the full-size image and save to your device.
Social Media Post Templates
You can use your own content, or the text below to pair with the image(s) above!
I am an artist in LA. My work impacts my community by_____________. Without emergency funding, I __________.
I work for ____________, a community arts organization in LA that impacts my community by_____________. Without emergency funding, we ____________________.
Social Media Handles
Below is a list of social media accounts for you to tag in your posts. Make sure you are using the right one - we have provided both Twitter and Facebook handles for you to tag.
Submit Public Comment to the LA County Board of Supervisors
- Thank the Board for acknowledging the value of LA's arts community.
- Make a clear ask: EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR ARTISTS & ARTS ORGANIZATIONS.
- Please include the Agenda item (#26) and meeting date (March 31, 2020) in your correspondence.
- Who are you? Be sure to include where you live, work, or run programming (ie what Supervisorial District you live/work in. Check out this map if you're not sure). This is about putting a face to "the arts."
- What impact has your work had on the community? Be sure to use specifics - # of employees/paid jobs, # of people served, ways you support the local economy. This is about communicating your VALUE.
- What impact has the COVID outbreak had on your work/organization? Again, be specific - lost revenue, # of employees that no longer have work, # of constituents that no longer have jobs. This is about URGENCY OF NEED.
- What happens without emergency funding? Be specific about consequences. This is about communicating HIGH STAKES.
- Use clear organization, formatting, and language. Use subject headings throughout your comment to draw attention to key points.
- Be brief, but make sure you hit all your points. Try to limit your written comment to less than one page.
WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED?
ACT AT THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS
- Sign Californians for the Arts Open Letter:
As California's Legislature and the Newsom Administration and Congress and the Trump Administration consider new forms of federal and state economic assistance that may be targeted or widespread, artists and performing arts groups can join with others in the arts and nonprofit sectors to speak up to ensure that relief will meet all community needs.
As the federal government drafts an economic relief package to provide emergency relief to American workers and businesses, it is critical that arts and cultural institutions—along with their employees—are supported in this package. In a package of nearly $2 trillion, we are urging Congress to include $4 billion in relief for nonprofit museums and cultural institutions and their workers. We are also urging Congress to adopt a temporary "universal charitable deduction" that will help incentivize more charitable giving at a time when we project a steep decline.
- Contact your Congressmember and urge them to support $4 billion in economic relief for arts and culture.
- Thank Congressman Schiff and Congressman Sherman for requesting protections for freelance and contract workers in the entertainment industry.
LA Congressional Delegation Twitter Handles