Detroit Youth and Artists in Need!

Detroit Youth and Artists in Need!

From Living Arts

Help Living Arts meet our Teaching Artists’ immediate need for $20,000 in lost compensation as a result of school closures and fill the short-term $200,000 financial gap created for our nonprofit by COVID-19.

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COVID-19 has had an immediate and staggering impact on the Detroit youth Living Arts serves in classrooms across the city and on the livelihoods of the Teaching Artists who bring students art, inspiration, and learning daily. Our nonprofit is experiencing tremendous and unforeseen financial strain as a result of the pandemic’s ripple effects. 

To address these challenges, Living Arts must:

  • Raise an immediate $20,000 to compensate our Teaching Artists for their instructional time that was already scheduled through April 5th.

  • Raise $200,000 by June 30th so that Living Arts can continue to operate at full capacity, support youth in alternative ways throughout this crisis--and hit the ground running once it resolves.

While Michigan’s schools are closed between March 13th and April 5th, Living Arts’ freelance Teaching Artists will lose over $20,000 in income in just three weeks. We are unsure when they will be able to go back to work and many of our freelance artists will lose as much as 40% of their total annual income as a result of this crisis. With your help, the first $20,000 we raise will go directly to compensate our Teaching Artists for their lost wages in the coming weeks. 

School closures and social distancing measures are hitting Living Arts during our busiest months of the year. We have canceled our annual fundraising event, halted services to schools and Head Start centers, and closed our after-school program in Southwest Detroit. We have gladly taken these actions to protect our community, but they have created a $200,000 financial shortfall through June 30th. This loss of revenue from our fundraising event and planned program services represents 20% of our organization’s $1M operating budget. After meeting our initial commitment to our artists, the balance of funds raised will ensure that we can continue to pay our staff and continue to operate with as little interruption of services as possible in the coming months.

Despite these challenges, the youth we serve need Living Arts’ support at this time like never before. Our staff are connecting our young people and their families with resources for food, academic, and social support--while working on new, creative ways to engage students remotely. Teaching Artists are continuing to mentor and support and check-in on the well-being of their students.

Please give generously. With your help, our Teaching Artists will return to bring inspiration and learning to Detroit’s classrooms as soon as possible and Living Arts will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever.

The Fundly crowdfunding platform does not require that a minimum amount be raised in order to release contributions. Your donation will be processed quickly and go directly to support Living Arts within seven days.

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