How to understand Black art across the diaspora

COVID-19 Resources

Supporting those in need. 

As more data about the effects of COVID-19 on global communities are being released, it is clear that Black communities are disproportionately affected. This is caused by centuries of structural injustices through systemic environmental racism, lack of access to employment healthcare and multiple other factors. Even during this pandemic, Black communities globally have not been provided with the necessary care and attention.

Artistic communities have additionally suffered through reductions in freelancing, gigs that supported their artistry and lack of resources. With multiple galleries turning to online-solutions, unfortunately there are cultural workers who have lost their source of income.

With social distancing in place, it is easy to feel helpless as direct, hands-on assistance is difficult to provide. We understand and feel this too. The ISE-DA team has been compiling a list of relief efforts that help Black communities and artistic communities globally. This is a growing list that we will be updating as we find new avenues to support affected communities. If you are able to, please support/share where you can. 

If there are any other known ways to support, please contact the ISE-DA team so we can update the list.

Resources to apply to or to donate to:

  • Ghana Against COVID-19
    Organized in the United Kingdom to contribute towards providing healthcare workers(Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital) with the right equipment needed to battle to COVID19 pandemic in Ghana.  
  • ILYSM Grants 
    This grant gives $500 to an artist in need on a weekly basis. 
  • National Bail Out
    The U.S based organization is raising funds to bail out Black mothers and care-givers in time for Mother’s Day.
  • Nigerian Residents in Need
    A group of volunteers based in Nigeria are delivering supplies to those in need. You can either volutneer to deliver or request support at this website. 
  • NYFA Emergency Grants
    New York Foundation of the Arts has also compiled a list of resources for artists within the United States to receive support and apply for grants.
  • Queers Writers of Color Relief Fund
    A GoFundMe to support at least 100 queer writers of color. At this link you are able to apply for support or donate to support queer writers. 
  • Seattle Artist Relief Fund
    A fund in partnership with Langston that directly support the Seattle Arts community. 
  • Sister Outsider Relief Grant
    The Free Black Women’s Library is offering one-time cash grants via Venmo or CashApp to 5+ Black single mother artists/cultural workers/writers. 
  • UndocuBlack Network
    UndocuBlack is gathering donations to provide undocumented Black Immigrants with the right resources and access to information during the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Your Friends in New York
    This Business Relief Fund by Pyer Moss provides temporary relief for creatives businesses operated and owned by women and those from marginalized communities.