Artist Relief Trust
Led by the Great Meadows Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, and private donors, and facilitated by ELEVATOR Artist Resource in Louisville, the Artist Relief Trust (ART) has been established to help support individual artists who live in Kentucky or several contiguous Indiana counties who are facing dire financial straits due to the COVID-19 shutdown. ART is funding rapid-response microgrants of $500 to as many artists as possible. Click here to learn more about the effort. Here is the link to the easy-to-complete ART application.
The Lexington arts community was saddened by news of the death of Carleton Wing from illness due to COVID-19. His work was featured on UnderMain in an in-depth piece by Jim Fields, which you can read and also listen to Wing’s interview clips with Fields here. Wing was scheduled to have a solo exhibition at the Lexington Art League this month. We extend our deepest sympathies to Carleton’s wife, Livia Theodoli-Wing, his family, and friends.
Our friends at the Lexington civic education project, CivicLex, have developed an excellent COVID-19 information and resource hub. Lots of useful links to government assistance programs and other assistance resources.
Another very informative website for arts and culture organizations and individuals is the Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s COVID-19 resource page. Especially useful are their analyses of different available loan programs, including new ones funded by the fast-moving CARES Act passed by Congress and signed by the President.
Have you read the essay in Vulture, The Last Days of the Art World… and Perhaps the First Days of a New One, by Jerry Saltz, famed art critic? Well worth a read for those interested in his thoughts about a post-COVID visual art world. Do you have some thoughts or comments about this piece? Send them to us at UM@under-main.com and we will include them on our website/newsletter.
For this week’s virtual tour we head to the Windy City. Disappointed that you will not get to the Art Institute of Chicago’s blockbuster El Greco exhibition? El Greco: Ambition and Defiance had been slated to close in June. The museum has built a terrific online site to enable all of us to immerse ourselves in the exhibition. It includes this terrific introductory video and an audio tour of the exhibition highlights.
Food, housing, health, safety; so many vital needs to be met right now. If you are able, please consider providing needed assistance to organizations supporting our neighbors in our communities. Please also consider, if you are able, donating to arts and culture organizations and institutions, most of which are in survival mode and trying to find paths to reopening their doors after the crisis.
Most of all, please stay safe.