We were heartbroken by the stories we heard from Miami-based artists on the impact of COVID-19, which caused the closing of exhibitions, galleries and lay-offs in the cultural community and beyond.
To help, Oolite Arts launched a Relief Fund for COVID-19 in March, which offered up to $500 to cover lost income due to the novel Coronavirus.
Thanks to the generosity of the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation and The Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation, Oolite Arts’ own commitment and that of other individual donors, we were able to raise $225,463 and support 474 artists through the fund.
Our founder Ellie Schneiderman saw Oolite Arts as a resource for visual artists, a place that would “help artists help themselves.” The fund is the latest expression of that mission.
We would like to acknowledge the donors for their generosity by listing their names below.
Thank you to our generous donors:
Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation
The Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation
T. Rowe Price Charitable from The Yufei Duan Charitable Fund
Alan & Jayusia Bernstein
Benjamin L Augustyn
Danny and Merle Weiss
W. Leon Smith
Marie Elena Angulo
Maria Victoria Abuin
Carolina Kleine Samson
Carrie Causey Foote
Asser St. Val
Donations are closed now.
Additional Resources for Artists
See additional COVID-19 resources for artists.
Visual artists who live in Miami-Dade County were eligible to request funds to compensate for the cancellation of specific, scheduled employment (whether in the cultural sector or not) or a professional artistic opportunity, including commissions and exhibitions.
The funding was dispersed on a rolling basis, with applications accepted through April 16, 2020.
Applications closed April 16.
Who is eligible for the fund?
To be eligible, artists must a) be a Miami-Dade County resident, b) have specific, scheduled employment or professional artistic opportunities cancelled and c) provide a CV to show that they are a working artist.
When will artists know if they have received the funding?
Our aim is to disperse these funds as soon as we can. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of submitting their application as to whether you will be receiving funds.
Who will be reviewing the applications?
Members of the Oolite Arts staff.
Will you be judging based on artistic merit?
No. We ask for the CV as proof that someone is a working artist.
Who is dispersing the checks?
Do artists need to pay taxes on the relief money they receive?
On tax issues, we advise everyone to consult an accountant. Oolite Arts is considering this as a gift.