The fund was begun shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to rebuild the arts in impacted communities, providing timely financial assistance to local institutions, individual artists and nonprofit groups. At its inception, the fund started with a contribution of $100,000 from Americans for the Arts' reserves.
"We are concerned about the well-being of many of our California residents; the devastation of a natural disaster like this extends beyond aesthetic destruction, impacting the quality of life, culture, and community of those in its wake," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "We are glad to be able to utilize the Emergency Relief Fund to ensure the rebuilding of the arts in the affected communities."
One-hundred percent of the donations to the Emergency Relief Fund will go directly to these efforts.
Southern California has 54,386 arts businesses employing over 298,310 people.
For information on how to make a tax-deductible contribution or to apply for funds, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/EmergencyRelief or call 866-471-2787.