ORGANIZATIONS QUOTES

“The Indie Theater Fund is thrilled to partner with the larger cultural community to create and operate the Cultural Solidarity Fund. Artists have been living on the edge since way before this pandemic. The global majority, immigrant, disabled, trans and GNC artists have been excluded from support year after year, decade after decade. As a community we must join together to create a more fair and equitable environment for workers to thrive. This show of solidarity from cultural institutions, led by the incomparable LEIMAY, a small, indie arts organization, even under the most difficult circumstances, is a beautiful example of the world I want to live in.” 

– Randi Berry, Executive Director, Indie Theater Fund

 

“Arts and cultural organizations empower their communities to make positive, lasting change. As stewards of this work, we know that now is the time for grassroots organizing. The Cultural Solidarity Fund asks arts and cultural organizations to leverage their organizational power to support, in real terms, the artists and workers who make their work possible. Despite facing unprecedented challenges, NYC arts and cultural organizations are boldly taking action, raising awareness and funds to support the artists who compose the unique and vibrant cultural fabric of our city.”

– Nicole Touzien, Executive Director, Dancewave

 

“Hi-ARTS is proud to stand on a foundation of two decades of social justice work, community-engaged art practice, and the amplification of BIPOC voices. We are excited to participate in the Cultural Solidarity Fund, and we invite our colleagues to join us in taking steps towards establishing equitable support for the arts and cultural work.” 

– Dr. Raymond Codrington, Executive Director, Hi-ARTS

 

“At the beginning of the pandemic, almost a year ago, we decided to substitute the word “Sincerely” at the bottom of our thank-you letters with the words “In solidarity”. By definition, the word solidarity represents unity and mutual support within a group. At Limón, the act of solidarity is as important as our own mission since it has kept us together and moving forward for the past 75 years. In these challenging times, the Cultural Solidarity Fund was created by the arts community to support our brothers and sisters in need. We are so proud of our cultural community and applaud the tenacity in which it rallies itself to make the Fund a success. Bravo!”

– Juan José Escalante, Executive Director, José Limón Dance Foundation

 

“As a small community-based artist-run organization, LEIMAY has spent the past two decades learning about the power of community and witnessing resilience through resource sharing. Spearheading this Cultural Solidarity Fund is both an act of action in solidarity with artists and cultural workers, and an opportunity to inspire coalition-building among art and cultural organizations of different sizes and structures.”

– Ximena Garnica, Artistic Co-director, LEIMAY

 

“For the past 30 years, Children’s Museum of the Arts has celebrated and advocated for children artists — work that could not be possible without the dedication of artists and cultural workers who serve our community. We are proud to participate in the Cultural Solidarity Fund and invite our families to show their support for these talented members of our community.”

– Children’s Museum / Arts Education

 

“What We Do, LLC is proud to support the Cultural Solidarity Fund in their efforts to to keep the arts alive by supporting artists through funding. In such an uncertain climate it’s great to know that there are people who are concerned about Cultural Workers.”

– Live Arts

APPLICANTS & GRANTEES TESTIMONIALS

“I want to personally thank your organization for the $500 microgrant they sent me, I received it on Monday, March 22nd. Times are very difficult now for people and I want to share my good fortune with others struggling. Therefore I am enclosing a money order for $25 to your organization so you can continue to give grants and help others. I don’t have a cellphone or computer but my neighbor has one to email you that I did receive the check on March 22nd. Thank you so much for the grant.”

– CSF Grant Recipient, March 2021

 

“I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for awarding me with $500. It was such a blessing and really helped me in ways that you couldn’t even understand. Thank you thank you thank you. And If you guys need any help or volunteers please let me know as I will help in anyway I can. Thanks a million. You all are doing amazing life changing work.”

– CSF Grant Recipient, March 2021

 

“I can’t tell you what this means to me. It has restored my faith in humanity. This last year has been a living hell. I’ve had two family members with Covid and another family member died of it. For the first time in my life I have gotten in debt and owe a lot of money. Thanks to your check and the stimulus I am starting to dig my way out. I put the money towards the rent so for the time being I have a roof over my head. I am such a New Yorker. I was so skeptical. I’ve never won anything except for $2.00 on a dollar lottery ticket. It’s wonderful to know that someone cares! I want to thank Randi and the C.S.F. team for making this happen! Wishing the best of health to all!”

– CSF Grant Recipient, March 2021

 

“Thank you so very much. I am literally sitting here crying because I didn’t know how to pay rent this month and this helps me so much!! THANK YOU!!”

– CSF Grant Recipient, March 2021

 

“I’m an BIPOC indie artist and now a lottery winner of a $500 grant. I would like to thank Randi & the rest of the Cultural Solidarity Fund team for picking me, even if it was at random. I really appreciate you guys helping those of us that are in need! Take care.”

– CSF Grant Recipient, March 2021

 

“Dear Randi (and all at CSF & Indie Theater Fund!) – Thank you all so much for this. My number is one of the numbers that was called and I can’t express how much this will help this month. I’m incredibly grateful, as always, for the work you are doing in service to the arts community and all within it who are struggling right now. I’d love to send a thank you – is there an address I could use for that purpose? Take care.”

– CSF Grant Recipient, March 2021

 

“Hi Team Cultural Solidarity Fund – I’m writing to express my endless gratitude!! Thank you again!”

– CSF Grant Recipient, March 2021

 

“Didn’t receive it BUT I LOVED YOUR PROCESS! Bravo.”

– CSF Applicant, March 2021

 

“Thank you for your transparency!”

– CSF Applicant, March 2021

 

“Great job with this! My number was not chosen, but I feel this was a truly fair process!”

– CSF Applicant, March 2021

 

“Ah, bummer what a disappointment I didn’t get it! But I fully understand the process and still celebrate the support other artists received.”

– CSF Applicant, March 2021

 

“I just wanted to thank you so much for your kind emails! I didn’t see my number in the list so I didn’t “win” the lottery I guess, but I really appreciate all that you are doing and the care and understanding you have expressed in every communication to me! It is uplifting to know such good people exist in the world! Thank you.”

– CSF Applicant, March 2021