Arts Activation Fund: Corona Memorials (2020-2021)
Through Corona Memorials---a re-envisioning of the Arts Activation Fund (AAF) for 2020-21---the City of Los Angeles continues to support artists who live and work in Los Angeles to act as collective-thinkers for our collective awareness and community healing. Corona Memorials seeks to commission approximately 70 creative-tributes by 70 lead artists who will receive seed-funding of $600 each to reflect the lifetime of a person who has died from COVID-19 by engaging the family or dearest friends of the deceased.
In the end, Corona Memorials may be songs, poems, paintings, photographic presentations, or a mix of these, as well as any other forms, that can be revealed within set of expression to be shared online for the general public.
All lead-applicants should meet the following five criteria:
Be an individual who resides within the municipal boundaries of the City of Los Angeles (any collaborating artists involved in an ensemble project may reside anywhere in the world). Depending upon the volume of applications, preference may be assigned to projects: a) involving cultural communities hardest hit be COVID-19, and b) projects with a majority of artists who reside in the City of Los Angeles.
Be an individual artist who has at least three years of experience presenting artworks in any type of public forum (this includes family events if you regularly perform at private homes). And hopefully the applicant-artist’s biography demonstrates that they have presented that same type of craft which will be a part or all of the proposed tribute.
Explain the geographic nexus, cultural connection, and/or human bond between the lead artist and the person to be memorialized.
Be able to carry out contracted project activities with an understanding that these micro-grants are reimbursable and payable only after final presentations are posted online and a brief project report is submitted to the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Upon selection, provide a W-9 form that matches the name and address of the applicant-artist, because this micro-grants counts as Miscellaneous Income on that lead-artist’s 2021 tax-returns.
Before completing the online form, please ensure you have reviewed the full program guidelines available on the DCA website: https://culturela.org/grants-and-calls/arts-activation-fund-corona-memorials-2020-21/.
When ready to apply, please click on the "Start Application" button below.