Believing art and artists are essential, our small but mighty organization continues living our 21-year mission to ADVOCATE for artists through this crisis and we are calling on the unity of our community to help us to continue to provide these important services.
If you can, it would mean so much to us if you could give to Locust Projects' Still Making Art Happen: Action and Advocacy Campaign now and provide the necessary aid for us to continue advocating for our community of artists.
We need your help to sustain our artist-driven mission. Please consider making a general donation or give to the LegalARTLink program directly. Every dollar counts. Your gift is 100% tax-deductible.
Thank you in advance, we are grateful for your friendship and support,
Lorie Mertes | Executive Director
While health, safety and well-being remain priorities, Locust Projects is as dedicated as ever to help Make Art Happen by supporting artists with resources and opportunities when they are most vulnerable. Here's just a few ways we are supporting our community of artists:
• Most importantly, LegalARTLink’s pro bono legal services for Miami’s visual artists, dancers, musicians, composers, and other creatives, continues to offer free legal aid, referrals, and weekly webinars on legal issues including cancelled gigs and contracts, evictions, and lost commissions. To be accessible to all, we have waived the $60 admin fee. Knowing this crisis will have long term impacts on the careers of artists and artist-run arts organizations in our community who count on us, Locust Projects is working to expand our LegalARTLink services and the number of artists we are able to serve.
• As Miami’s incubator of new art and ideas, we are committed to supporting the artists we have commissioned – our upcoming artists continue to receive their production funds and fees for their delayed projects. Learn more about upcoming projects on our new CLOSER LOOK BLOG.
• To put significant funds into the hands of local artists experiencing hardship, Locust Projects’ Miami Artist Relief Fund will provide 40 visual and multi-discipline artists with $1500 grants for basic needs (food, rent, childcare, medical costs). Locust Projects is one of only 16 organizations in the US to receive a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation to help artists in need.
Locust Projects is a registered 501c3 nonprofit.