Much has happened since our last round of funding.
Too many have continued to be brutalized and killed by State-Sanctioned Violence both before and since the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks.
Over 100,000 people have died from the Coronavirus - including a disproportionate amount of Black and Brown people.
Mayors around the country are rethinking their police budgets and the discourse around defunding the police is being amplified.
Minneapolis City Council announced a plan to disband their police department.
New York lawmakers approved a bill granting public access to police disciplinary records.
Los Angeles Mayor has agreed to reduce the police department budget by at least 150 million dollars.
In Louisville, policymakers passed Breonna’s Law banning no-knock warrants.
Most importantly, organizers continue to effectively educate and mobilize their communities in pursuit of justice.
Yes, much has happened, and even more must be done. In this third round of the Artist + Activist Community Fund we call on everyone to focus attention on Black, Indigenous, People of Color who need support, and BIPOC led organizations who are serving BIPOC communities. That is our mandate. All Artist + Activist Community Funds will go to Black. Indigenous. People of Color.
Who is the Round 3 Artist + Activist Community Fund For?
These funds are for BIPOC National Facilitator Training (NFT) alums who are working at the intersection of arts, culture, and justice.
This third round of funding will provide two levels of support to BIPOC NFT alums:
First, for BIPOC NFT alums experiencing immediate acute needs (i.e. someone who does not have access to employment, unemployment insurance/benefits, family support, other emergency fund support), this fund will support gifts of approximately $2,500 USD.
Second, for BIPOC NFT alums who are not experiencing acute needs, but are experiencing financial hardship (i.e. you have a thin safety net that is running out), this fund will support gifts of approximately $300 - $500 USD.
Third, if you are a NFT alum who does not need funds personally, but would like to recommend BIPOC-led and BIPOC-serving emergency funds, organizations, or individuals addressing deep-rooted, systemic issues impacting BIPOC communities (i.e. incarceration, disability justice, criminal justice issues, anti-immigration, individuals without documentation, housing, poverty, economic disparities, and militarization, to name a few), please complete the nomination portion of the request form.
Every BIPOC NFT alum who applies will receive support. BIPOC alums who received support in Round 1 and/or Round 2 can request additional support in Round 3. We know that needs are evolving. All gifts will be mailed by Friday, July 24, 2020.
Who Did We Fund in Round 1 and 2?
In the first round and second rounds, we provided support to 76 alums (representing all five cohorts) and 153 emergency funds and organizations recommended by artEquity alumni and staff, totaling over $597,500. See round one giving demographics here. Round two demographics coming soon.
What if I Don’t Need Funds But I Want to Support?
If you do not need funds, we encourage you to recommend BIPOC-led and BIPOC-serving emergency funds, organizations, or individuals addressing deep-rooted, systemic issues impacting BIPOC communities (i.e. incarceration, disability justice, criminal justice issues, anti-immigration, individuals without documentation, housing, poverty, economic disparities, and militarization, to name a few).
How Do I Access the Fund?
Please complete this form. If you need assistance filling out the form and/or have questions, contact Selene Santiago at 323-250-3525 or ssantiago@artEquity.org.
When is the Deadline?
Wednesday, July 1 2020, 11pm PT.
Can I Give to the Fund?