of artists have lost income as a result of the economic shutdown*
of artists have become unemployed due to the crisis*
PLEASE NOTE: The date for this event mentioned in the video above has changed to
Saturday, June 20, 2020, to yield to the worldwide protests for Black Lives Matter.
At RAW, we believe that nothing takes the place of seeing art, or experiencing performances, fashion or music live in person. The arts community is deeply wounded by this massive crisis; postponed showcases, performances, display opportunities, and tours have compounded with the loss of creative jobs. According to a recent survey, 64% of artists are unemployed as a result of this crisis and 95% have lost revenue as a result of the global pandemic. Independent artists need financial support.
Now more than ever, we need to keep creativity alive, appreciated, and supported to ensure we preserve the creative culture of our generation.
Our mission for The National Arts Drive has three parts:
Provide a national platform for artists to showcase their creative work and performances to their local community from a safe and healthy distance.
Provide a digital platform for direct financial support to the artist.
Provide a safe, and positive arts experience for the community-at-large to engage with while supporting local art.
* SOURCE: COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Works conducted by Artist Relief Fund