Respond, Recover, Reimagine: How funders are addressing the coronavirus pandemic

Throughout the month of April, GIA will presents this new blog series where funders share reflections and advice from different areas of the field as they strategize the most effective ways to approach recovery and response efforts. While we cannot know how this crisis will impact the future of the field, in this GIA blog series, funders will explore immediate and long-term strategies and respond to questions we are hearing from grantmakers. Check back each week as new post will be added regularly. You can explore all our COVID-19 resources here.

April 9, 2020 by Anna Raginskaya

The last month has undoubtedly been nerve-wracking for all of us, as we worry about the health of those we care about, and the broader economic ramifications of COVID-19. Foundations that support the arts have watched grantees close their doors indefinitely, cut programs, and possibly lay off staff. Meanwhile, the importance of the arts has only been underscored in this moment of social distancing – evidenced by the breadth of content consumed online: from virtual museum tours, to opera in HD, and live-streamed conversations with creative visionaries.