In the Community + Where Y’Art Response to COVID-19

Where Y’Art stands with the City, State and Federal government in our response to COVID-19.

Save Lives. Stay Home.
#FlattenTheCurve

First of all, we hope this note finds you safe and healthy. To say that the COVID-19 global situation is fluid is an understatement.  In response to this, Where Y’Art is taking all necessary precautions to ensure that our team members, clients, artists, families and community stay safe and healthy.

As of today, Monday March 16, Where Y’Art will temporarily close our physical gallery space in the Marigny at 1901 Royal Street. We will continue to service our clients, customers and artists by working remotely over the next few weeks. Social distancing is proven to be the most effective measure in preventing the spread of the virus. We encourage others to join this effort.  

The Where Y’Art clover is our symbol for the community. It consists of four leaves, each representing a different visual media. It is a symbol of collaboration, unity and strength in the idea that as a whole we are stronger than our independent parts.  This symbol resonates with the current situation at hand. We need to work together now, more than ever to ensure a safe and healthy community and for life to return to normal. Let’s support each other, as many of us are already feeling the impact of COVID-19. Each of our individual efforts will be felt on a larger scale.  We truly are stronger when we work together.

As you may know, Where Y’Art is a platform built in support of local artists and the New Orleans art community. A majority of the artists we work with had plans to show at several spring festivals, which are now being canceled or postponed. Due to these schedule changes, artists won’t have as many opportunities to show and sell their work, which in many cases their livelihood depends on. The community of artists we represent are incredible, wonderful people  and would love to hear from you. The best way to support local artists is to buy their work, engage on social media, or send them a direct message. We all need each other right now, even if only to share a thought, a note of encouragement or friendly exchange.

During this time, we will  also continue to update the website with new works and interesting content for your viewing pleasure. Escape into the arts. 

Thank you so much for your continued support of Where Y’Art
and the New Orleans art community.

As always, you can always reach us online at Whereyart.net or individually via email. 

Follow @Whereyart on Instagram / Facebook 

We will continue to monitor the situation daily and adjust our operations based on recommended guidelines from the City of New Orleans, The State of Louisiana and Center for Disease Control.

For more information and updates:
Text COVIDNOLA to 888777 to receive alerts or Visit Ready.Nola.Gov

Artist Resources:

Local Resources:

New Orleans Business Alliance – relief fund and resources for local “gig-related” employees.

Arts Council of New Orleans – list of locally specific resources and emergency funding opportunities.

WorkNOLA – companies currently in need of workers and still hiring in wake of economical changes.

Nationwide Resources:

Arts Ready – Preparing for potential impact of the coronavirus: Make a plan in the event that, in the interest of public health, your organization needs to delay or cancel events or temporarily close.

The Arts Newspaper – a robust list of national resources for artists and writers.

Artwork Archive – digital tools for artists to run a remote career during Corona Virus.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources – comprehensive list of resources artists working in multiple disciplines.

Creative Capital – List of Arts Resources During the COVID-9 Outbreak – comprehensive list of resources artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.

National Performance Network – COVID-19 Statement and Resources – comprehensive list of artist resources for multiple disciplines and how to support

Grant Programs:

Anonymous Was A Woman COVID-19 Relief Grant – an emergency relief grant program open to support woman over 40, visual artists impacted by the Covid-19 crisis

Elizabeth Greenshields Grant – grant program providing financial assistance for artists

Joan Mitchell Foundation Grants/Resources – a foundation providing emergency grants for US-based visual artists

Gottlieb Emergency Grants – provides interim financial assistance to artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident.

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Emergency Grants – one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.

For Businesses:

US Small Business Association – SBA Offers disaster assistance to Louisiana small businesses economically impacted by the Coronavirus.

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance