Launch Newsletter

 

Summary: First newsletter announcing the official launch of The CreateWell Fund

Spotlight on Advocacy in the Arts:

Helicon Collab produced an important report called "Fusing Art, Culture, and Social Change" for The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Click on the image for a synopsis.

The American for the Arts infographic (far right) "Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts" conveys the multifaceted benefits of the arts in our lives.

Fusing Art, Culture and Social Change published by The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

Fusing Art, Culture and Social Change published by The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

Top 10 Reasons To Support The Arts Infographic published by Americans for the Arts

Top 10 Reasons To Support The Arts Infographic published by Americans for the Arts


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The CreateWell Fund is now accepting applications until April 4th!
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Announcing the official launch of the CreateWell Fund!

Dear Friends,
Do you know artists of color in the Greater Boston area who face significant financial barriers? They might have a day job (or two) and make sacrifices so they can create art on the side. Or they might be professional artists, who grapple with giving up their more authentic artistic ideas and interests to make more commercially viable work. Perhaps they also bear the responsibility of caring and providing for children or other family members. It's possible you may have even met or worked with someone homeless, or in transitional housing, who is an artist-at-heart or in practice, despite lacking the most basic of necessities. For many, art is where humanity, vitality, beauty, and mercy breathe. And for some, it is their refuge. The CreateWell Fund believes that art is a critical human need that benefits and serves the individual and collective spirits and minds of all people, which is why our
mission is to invest in this belief through advocacy campaigns and grantmaking to individual artists from marginalized communities.

Despite overwhelming evidence that the arts contributes to our society through economic, social, educational, health, and civic benefits, there continues to be an imbalance in arts funding that overlooks the most marginalized communities, as well as non-traditional expressions of art.  Given existing social, cultural, economic, and institutional barriers, the commitment to making art can take a toll on artists' well-being. This is why in our pilot year of grant-giving The CreateWell Fund will award two to four select individuals who demonstrate financial need with grants up to $6000 to not only complete an original work of art but to also care for one's well-being while doing so. For more info on who and what we fund, click hereMeanwhile, we are also preparing our first advocacy campaign, a video series spotlighting the voices of local artists of color speaking on topics including the underpaid labor of art, racial identity, the function of art in community, and more.

Please keep an eye out for the announcement of this year's grantees in May and for our video series, launching early summer! 

Sincerely,
Jennifer Lin-Weinheimer, Founder

Now Accepting Applications!

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, APRIL 4TH.

Launching its pilot year in 2016, The CreateWell Fund will invest in artists of color in the greater Boston community who demonstrate financial need. The CreateWell Fund will provide project- and goal-based, fiscal support to two to four individuals who accomplish both of the following:

  • creating a new original art project honoring one’s authentic artistry
  • achieving a realistic wellness goal tending to a critical aspect of one’s well-being.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW
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