With the money we raise, New York Folklore (a statewide arts service and advocacy organization) is awarding grants of up to $500 to New York State's folk, traditional and community-based artists who are impacted by Covid-19. This support will help with specific short term financial needs (food, assistance with medical bills, rent, etc).
Folk and traditional artists are some of the individuals who have been most financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing. While folk and traditional artists do not usually rely upon their art as their sole means of support, folk and traditional artists have experienced economic hardship due to the cancellation of community and public events, and the loss of revenue from art sales.
In many cases, this loss is in addition to the loss of their primary income through restaurant and retail closings, furlough, etc. - a two-fold impact on many artists' livelihoods. Those tradition bearers who reflect already economically marginalized communities - Native communities, immigrants, and refugee communities - may not be in line for assistance by established Covid-19 relief funds. Our fund will specifically target artists from these marginalized and at-risk communities.
Please join me today by donating to our emergency fund.
New York Folklore fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of the cultural traditions, folklore and folklife of New York's diverse communities through education, advocacy, support, and outreach. Visit our website at www.nyfolklore.org to view our mission and programs.
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