COVID-19 Resources

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts (MKFA) is proud to have supported the Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists.  From May 4-24, 2020, California Community Foundation together with the J. Paul Getty Trust, and a coalition of artist endowed foundations, launched the fund, a collaborative effort to support the region’s visual artists who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists distributed $700,000 to 400 visual artists who reflect the cultural and geographic diversity of L.A. County. The artist relief fund was administered by the Center for Cultural Innovation, a non-profit intermediary focused on the financial well-being of those in the arts.  Please read California Community Foundation's press release here.   

MKFA was also part of a national cohort of arts grant-makers that created a fund to address the needs of artists affected by COVID-19. Artist Relief was launched collectively with the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists. Artist Relief provided $20,000,000 in aid to artists suffering from financial hardship due to the pandemic through one-time $5,000 grants for expenses such as food, rent, healthcare, and childcare. Please read more about Artist Relief here.

In addition to this work, the Foundation has compiled a list of helpful resources for artists and arts organizations during these uncertain times. These lists are meant to be helpful and may not include everything available. We will continue to update them with new resources.