We write to announce the launch of an emergency relief grant program in support of our colleagues who are suffering financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. There is no doubt that the current public health crisis has rippled and negatively impacted those of us working in museums and higher education. Many of our colleagues are facing furloughs, non-renewed/terminated contracts, decreased pay, or the dire consequences of hiring freezes.
ALAA plans to offer micro-grants of up to $500 to contingent professionals, graduate students, and independent scholars of Latin American and/or Latinx art who are most vulnerable to economic precarity. Applications open on August 15, and will be reviewed by a committee of three ALAA members.
Given our organization’s very modest budget, we will need to finance this program through voluntary donations. Your support, in any amount, would be greatly appreciated as these micro-grants will provide immediate and unrestricted funds to our colleagues most impacted by the pandemic.
You can make a donation in one of two ways:
- via Venmo (@ALAA1979), and put “ALAA Covid Fund” in the description
- via PayPal using this link: https://associationlatinamericanart.org/alaa-covid-19-relief-fund/
Please spread the word to your colleagues and networks using the link above or by sharing this letter. We plan to open the call for applications by August 15 or earlier, depending on how much we are able to fundraise in the next two months.
Please feel free to email Lesley Wolff atLesley.Wolff@ttu.eduif you have any additional questions.
President, Association for Latin American Art
History of Art Department
GM08 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-3201