Needs and Responses

Arts

Needs

The entire arts sector (not just Jewish arts) has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic. An April 8 article in ArtsNews reports that collectively, arts organizations have already lost an estimated $4.5 billion.

Fundraising challenges due to potential attitude among funders and government sources that the arts are a luxury and non-essential in a time of crisis.

In light of the current crisis, working artists have seen their incomes evaporate. Performances, gallery openings, standing gigs, book releases, all have been cancelled or put on indefinite hold.

Most art forms depend on bricks-and-mortar venues, such as movie theaters, concert halls, gallery space etc., and while some can be featured in virtual/online venues, they lose much of their power and impact in the process.

Even before the current coronavirus crisis, the Jewish arts and culture sector was already struggling from a lack of coordinated funder support, an issue the new funding partnership, CANVAS, was created to address.

Most artists support themselves financially not only with their art, but with freelance and part-time work teaching or in the service sector, fields where large numbers of people have lost income as a result of social distancing closures and the wider economic downturn.

Responses

CANVAS, a new arts funding partnership powered by JFN, has created an emergency fund for artists. Working with its grantees — Asylum Arts, the Jewish Book Council, Reboot, the Council of American Jewish Museums, and LABA — it seeks to provide immediate relief funds to Jewish artists who are experiencing a loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Resources

“True Partners.” How Performing Arts Funders Can Support the Field in Difficult Times

Description - Article

Source - Inside Philanthropy
September 22

Visual Arts Organizations Scramble to Sustain Fundraising. Many Won’t Survive

Description - News Article

Source - Inside Philanthropy
September 21

The Beating Heart of Humanity: Arts and Culture as Essential Even During a Pandemic

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
September 3

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

New Project Aims to Document Covid-19’s Impact on Jewish Community

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Insider
August 26

How Can We Advocate for the Urgent Needs of Jewish Museums in the United States?

Description - Op-Ed

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
August 3

We Say YES to the Arts!

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
July 15

Literature in a Time of Crisis: A CANVAS Conversation with Nathan Englander, Marra Gad and Rachel Kadish

Literature in a Time of Crisis: A CANVAS Conversation with Nathan Englander, Marra Gad and Rachel Kadish

Source - JFN webinar
July 6

Supporting Artists in This Moment Is Not a Luxury

Supporting Artists in This Moment Is Not a Luxury

Description - Op-Ed

Source - New York Jewish Week
July 2

We Aren’t Paying Enough Attention to the Impact of the Pandemic on the Arts

Description - Podcast

Source - Cape Up (The Washington Post)
June 30

Why Do the Arts Matter?

Description - Letter to the Editor

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 26

We Must Support Our JCCs in These Troubled Times

Description - Editorial

Source - The Jewish News of Northern California
June 25

Museum of Jewish Heritage Cuts 40% of Staff, Saying Pandemic Threatens its Survival

Description - News Article

Source - The Forward
June 22

Why a Website Was the Best Gift I Could Give the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 21

Arts & Culture in Israel in the Wake of Covid-19

Description - Fact Sheet/Briefing Paper

Source - JFN Israel, Institute for Law and Philanthropy at Tel Aviv University, Forum of Foundations in Israel
May 2020

European Jewish Museums After Corona

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
June 9

“The Most Difficult Environment I’ve Seen.” Survey Shows Broad Fundraising Pain

Description - News article

Source - Inside Philanthropy
June 4

How Philadelphia’s Creative Jews Are Handling the Coronavirus Pandemic

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
June 3

Amid Pandemic Challenges, Jewish Creatives Get Boost from CANVAS, a New Arts & Culture Collaborative

Amid Pandemic Challenges, Jewish Creatives Get Boost from CANVAS, a New Arts & Culture Collaborative

Description - Announcement

Source - CANVAS/JFN
May 19

The Biggest Jewish Coronavirus Relief Fund Will Soon Start Giving Out Loans

Description - News article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
May 12

Why Artists Are Essential Workers — and How We Can Help Them

Description - Op-Ed

Source - The Forward
April 10

Jewish Arts and Artists in a Time of COVID-19

Jewish Arts and Artists in a Time of COVID-19

Description - JFN Webinar
April 2

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