The J. Paul Getty Trust has announced the launch of a $10 million fund in support of nonprofit museums and visual arts organizations in Los Angeles County impacted by the novel coronavirus.
To be administered by the California Community Foundation, the LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide emergency operating support and recovery grants to small and midsize organizations, with a focus on museums and arts nonprofits that contribute significantly to the region's artistic diversity and are facing difficulties as a result of the public health crisis. Although the details are being finalized, grant amounts are expected to range from $25,000 to $200,000.
In addition, the CCF Fellowships for Visual Artists, which was launched nearly thirty years ago with an endowment from the trust, will be repurposed to provide emergency support to visual artists over the remainder of 2020.
"There will be a measurable economic and cultural ripple effect that will be felt in every city and town as arts organizations and artists struggle to lift themselves back up after the impact of COVID-19," said CCF president Antonia Hernandez. "Los Angeles is a world-class art capital and a place where we proudly support and value our artists and arts organizations. We are proud to partner with the Getty to help our arts community shoulder the unprecedented challenges it faces."
"This is a critical moment for arts organizations, particularly small- and mid-sized ones, which have little working capital and meager, if any, endowments," said Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation, an operating program of the Getty Trust. "We hear almost daily from arts organizations that they will be forced to lay-off staff in the coming weeks, and we know that there will likely be no quick or easy 'on' switch that returns any of us to previous norms. These organizations provide crucial access to the arts for all Angelenos and deserve the support of everyone in the community."