COVID-19 News Digest: October 2020

Behind Ford’s Bold Effort to Back Arts Groups Serving Communities of Color | A thoughtful piece in Inside Philanthropy by Mike Scutari, covering Ford Foundation’s bold initiative to help art orgs led by POC get through the pandemic. “Ford’s one shot looks more like a moonshot—a two-pronged, $156 million-and-counting initiative called America’s Cultural Treasures, focused on helping arts organizations led by and serving BIPOC arts groups survive the pandemic, while laying the groundwork for long-term sustainability.”

“The Getty and the National Gallery of Art are in their own bubbles…Yes, they’re concerned about finances, but as one of them said to me, ‘This is terrible, but we can raise the money.’…when you get to the medium and smaller arts organizations—that don’t have endowments, that don’t have rich boards, that don’t have huge amounts of operating cash flow—those organizations are panicked. If we don’t help them, they will be gone.” Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation

Young Community Developers COVID-19 Response  | This week, we had the opportunity to connect with the leadership of Young Community Developers, a community-based service provider of education, training, and employment placement services to residents of District 10 (Bayview Hunters Point) in San Francisco. They shared the inspiring video that summarizes their work serving one of the most impacted communities in SF during the pandemic.