Covid-19 Funds & Resources for YAYA Alumni

INFUSION GRANT: COVID-19 Emergency Relief

The Ana & Adeline Foundation acknowledges the universal struggle for stability during the pandemic and is invested in the individual YAYA alumni and the multigenerational artistic community of YAYA a a whole. The INFUSION GRANT is a COVID-19 emergency relief fund of $80,000 for YAYA Alumni to help stabilize their lives and - by extension - their artistic practice.

  • The primary requirement of this grant is being a YAYA Alumnus. 

  • The secondary requirement is an artistic practice and/or the interest or desire to start making art again.

The fund offers $500 grants to eligible YAYA Alumni.  Additional $500 grants will be available over the next several months to those experiencing ongoing hardships. We may receive more requests for funding than we can provide.  We anticipate the fund will operate through August 2020, but we will evaluate and update it as the situation requires or allows.  There is no deadline to apply and applications will be received and approved on a rolling basis.

 Message from Jana Napoli, Founder of YAYA 

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must be able to answer “Yes” to all of the prompts listed below. 

  • I am a YAYA Alumnus. 

  • I am a practicing visual artist or designer and/or I have the interest or desire to start making artwork again.

  • I can complete the W-9 with my Social Security #.

  • I am not an immediate family member of the foundation’s personnel, selection committee, officers, directors, or contributors.

 

To be verified as a YAYA Alumnus, complete the YAYA Alumni Enrollment Form via the Submittable platform. It should take less than 10 minutes. For more information, see FAQ: Eligibility.


If you’ve used Submittable before and have an existing account, enter your existing login credentials.  If it’s your first time using Submittable, you will need to create a new FREE account. This is a quick and simple process. If you have any technical issues on Submittable, please contact support@submittable.com

Before you enroll or apply, please preview the FAQ.

STEP TWO

Apply

STEP THREE

Re-Apply

after 30 days

 

Questions? email contact@anadeline.org

If you have limited internet or access to technology and would like assistance completing the online application

call/text Ann Kaufman 504-914-6187

Messages will be returned within 24 hours.

FAQ

The FAQ will be updated regularly as we learn from artists through this initiative.

 

ABOUT

What is the INFUSION GRANT?

The INFUSION GRANT is an emergency relief fund for YAYA Alumni to help stabilize your lives and - by extension - your artistic practice.  Eligible YAYA Alumni can apply for a $500 grant. YAYA Alumni experiencing ongoing hardships can reapply for an additional $500 grant 30 days or more after their first grant application submission date. 

What is the purpose of this grant?

The purpose of the grant is to help stabilize your life (and by extension your artistic practice).  This grant does not require that you create new artwork. Grant funds are unrestricted and can be used for any kind of expenditure to help minimize the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on your life.

How long will you run the INFUSION GRANT? 

We anticipate the fund will operate through August 2020, but we will evaluate and update it as circumstances require or allow.  We created a 30-day reapplication cycle so that we can distribute funds as equitably as possible. We expect to eventually receive more requests than we can fund.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Who is ELIGIBLE to apply?

To be eligible, you must be able to answer “Yes” to all of the prompts listed below. 

  • I am a YAYA Alumnus. To be verified please complete the YAYA Alumni Enrollment Form

  • I am a practicing visual artist or designer and/or I have the interest or desire to start making artwork again.

  • I can complete the W-9, with my Social Security #.

  • I am not an immediate family member of the foundation’s personnel, selection committee, officers, directors, or contributors.

How do you define YAYA ALUMNI?

We define YAYA Alumni as those whom 1) Participated in YAYA for 2+ consecutive years and 2) Earned a high school diploma.

  • To be verified as a YAYA Alumnus, complete the YAYA Alumni Enrollment Form via the Submittable platform. It should take less than 10 minutes.

  • If you’ve used Submittable before and have an existing account, enter your log-on credentials. If it’s your first time using Submittable, you will need to create a new FREE account. This is a quick and simple process. If you have any technical issues on Submittable, please contact support@submittable.com

  • During the COVID-19 crisis, verification of the YAYA Alumni Enrollment Forms will be expedited within 48 hours.

  • If you previously completed this form and were verified, then you do not need to do it again.  If you’re not sure, email contact@anadeline.org.

Do I have to live in New Orleans to be eligible?

No. There is no geographic requirement. You do not have to live in New Orleans.

How do you define “practicing visual artist or designer?”

We define “practicing visual artist or designer” as someone who is committed to their creative expression, including

  • Individuals who engage in creative work solely for themselves

  • Individuals who earn income from their work either independently or commercially

  • Individuals who share their work publicly and engage with an audience

If I do not currently have an artistic practice, am I still eligible for the grant?

If you do not currently have an artistic practice, but you have a desire to revitalize your artistic practice, then YES, you are eligible to apply.  The Foundation supports YAYA alumni who represent a broad spectrum of individuals - from recent high school graduates to established professional artists, as well as those who seek to nurture their creativity while juggling the many demands of life.  

 

If you do not have an active artistic practice, but you have a desire to explore your creativity, the Foundation hopes that this grant opportunity might help renew your creative expression through access to resources and social networks.

Why is this grant available to YAYA Alumni who do not have active artistic practice?

The Ana & Adeline Foundation is invested in the multi-generational creative community of YAYA.  We believe you possess a creative approach to life with skills and experiences that contribute to a rich and diverse community. The Ana & Adeline Foundation offers ways for YAYA Alumni to network and collaborate and supports opportunities in the visual arts and design.

What sort of documentation of my artistic practice does the application require? 

The application requires documentation of your current OR most recent artistic practice in the following formats:

         URL (website, Instagram, Facebook) where your work can be seen 

         and/or 5 image or video files

In the “caption” box with your image or video files, please provide a few words about your artwork, such as your process or the meaning of the work.

What disciplines are eligible for this grant?

We welcome all forms of  visual art and design including, but not limited to:

  • Social Practice

  • Film/Videography

  • Animation

  • Photography

  • Fashion/sewing

  • Textile design

  • Jewelry

  • Tatooing

  • Product design

  • Digital design

  • Graphic design

  • Glass blowing

  • Ceramics

  • Multimedia

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • Sculpture

  • Illustration

Am I eligible if I apply or receive money from another relief effort?

Yes, you are eligible. We do not disqualify anyone based on other sources of relief.

Am I still eligible if I’m a past or current recipient of the Ana & Adeline Foundation?

Yes. Your past or current award does not exclude you from this emergency grant.

 

APPLICATION & SELECTION

Before I apply, am I guaranteed to receive funds?

No, we have a responsibility to review all applicants for eligibility.  As long as resources exist, all eligible and approved YAYA Alumni will be recommended to receive funding.  Because of the anticipated volume of applications and limited funds, we cannot guarantee that every application will be funded. As the crisis persists, we will be monitoring our resources to address the needs of the community.

 

How do I apply?

If eligible, you can apply HERE via the Submittable platform.  If you have completed the required YAYA Alumni Enrollment Form, you already have a Submittable account.

 

For all questions related to eligibility, application, selection process, and disbursement, please review our FAQ in its entirety. For all other inquiries, email contact@anadeline.org

What is the deadline to apply?

There is no deadline. It is an open application until further notice.

 

What information do I need to provide in the application?

The application is pretty simple. Aside from basic contact information, here’s what you need to provide:

  • 5 images of your artwork and/or URL(s) that show your artwork (website, Instagram, FB)

  • “Statement of Need” a brief statement explaining your current circumstances and how you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Do I have to submit any financial documents?

No. This is a trust-based grant.  We do not ask for any financial documentation.

 

What is the purpose of the “Statement of Need”?

Because of the extreme circumstances of the pandemic, we believe that all YAYA Alumni are experiencing instability in their daily lives and an interruption in their artistic practice.  We want to know what is most urgent to bring more stability to your life. Your words and stories will help us better respond to this crisis.  In addition to grants, we are working to organize other resources for you.

 

For those applying for an additional $500 grant, the “Statement of Need” helps the foundation determine how to best distribute a limited amount of funding to those who are experiencing “ongoing hardships.”

 

How do you define “ongoing hardships?”

 We define “ongoing hardships” as:

  • Loss of household income because you, your partner, or parent/guardian is out of work due to the pandemic

  • Loss of childcare has impacted your ability to work at home or elsewhere

  • Access to studio space, artmaking place and art supplies has been restricted or limited in any way that reduces your art practice due to stay home mandates

  • Mental and emotional well-being has been impacted 

  • Limited access to internet and technology is impacting your ability to connect with community and resources

  • Compromised access to transportation, because public transportation and ride-sharing are limited

  • Medical expenses directly related to positive testing of COVID-19 for you or a member of your family

  • Do not anticipate to have sufficient alternative resources. 

  • Other stressful circumstances not listed above

 

How do I re-apply for an additional $500 grant?

If you receive the first-time $500 grant, you can re-apply for an additional $500 grant 30 days or more after the date of your previous application submission date.  Since your eligibility criteria will have already been approved, the re-application only requires a new “Statement of Need.”  RE-APPLY HERE

 

If you are unsure if your personal situation is considered to be “ongoing hardships,” we encourage you to go ahead and apply since the application is pretty simple. We expect to receive more requests than we can fund but we will do our best to distribute funds equitably and hearing from you will help the Ana & Adeline Foundation to continually evolve our programs to best serve the YAYA community.

 

This 30-day reapplication system allows the Ana & Adeline Foundation to monitor our capacity as well as manage an equitable distribution of funding.  Additionally, reapplying allows applicants to re-state their current needs as their circumstances change during this pandemic.

 

How will applicants be selected for funding?

Applications are reviewed by a panel of community leaders and arts professionals with these guidelines:

 

First-time applicants for the initial $500 grant must meet all eligibility criteria. Panelists will confirm that applicants demonstrate a visual art or design practice. The artist’s artwork form and content do not impact eligibility.  If all eligibility criteria are met, applicants will be approved and recommended for funding. 

 

Applicants re-applying for an additional $500 grant will be pre-approved on all eligibility criteria. Additional grants will be reviewed for approval based on the “Statement of Need.”   

 

What is the time frame for application notification and disbursement of funds?

The grant panel will review applications on a weekly basis. We will do our best to notify applicants of their grant status and to process grant funds within two weeks of the date of their application submission.  We will fast-track all applications but cannot guarantee an exact time frame since the volume of applications will impact our administrative load. 

 

If I don’t receive the grant, can I reapply?

If you do not receive the grant, we welcome you to contact us to ask for feedback. If you meet all the eligibility criteria you may re-apply.

What security measures are in place for the information I’m providing in this application?

Submittable, the application platform, operates with above-industry-standard security certificates and features for data collection and storage.

If I’m awarded a grant, will my name or personal information be made public?

No. Your name and personal information will never be disclosed or publicized. 

If I receive a grant, will there be reporting requirements?

There will be a super simple survey to collect a few stories and images of your artwork. We ask that you share your experiences with us, so we understand if and how the grants may have impacted your life and by extension your creative practice.

 

Ana & Adeline Foundation requests limited use for images of your artwork on our website and social media platforms to promote your work and the general work of the foundation. However, you may opt-out of such limited image use.

 

What will you require to issue my grant?

After you’ve been notified of your selection and to receive your grant payment, you must:

1)    Electronically sign an online agreement form to confirm that the information you have provided is accurate

2)    Electronically submit a W-9 and Social Security Number (SSN) as required by the IRS in order to distribute grants to artists

3)    IF you choose to receive the payment as an electronic funds transfer (EFT), you must provide your bank account number and routing number.

Is the grant taxable?

In certain situations, grant funds are considered taxable income to the recipient. Given each applicant’s unique circumstances, we cannot advise on individual tax matters. Please consult your personal financial manager or tax accountant.

 

What security measures are in place for the information I’m providing to Ana & Adeline Foundation for grant disbursement?

Ana & Adeline Foundation has identified two rapid methods of payment that ensure high-security levels: Zelle and ACH-Electronic Funds Transfer.  

What can I use the funding for?

This fund is intended to help bring stability to YAYA Alumni due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, all grants are unrestricted and can be used for any kind of emergency relief. We do not request documentation of your expenditures however, we advise that you retain your expense documentation for your own accounting purposes. 

Who is on the review panel?

Ana & Adeline Foundation has invited a team of artists and arts leaders as panelists to review applications. Read their bios below. 

Ana Hernandez New Orleans
Ana is a painter and sculptor currently living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a
founding member of Level Artist Collective and has been nominated for and awarded Artist
Residencies by Joan Mitchell Foundation and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Her
work has been exhibited extensively in New Orleans, with venues including The New Orleans
Museum of Modern Art, The Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, The Ogden Museum of
Southern Art, A Studio in the Woods, Newcomb Art Museum, Xavier University, and Stella Jones
Gallery. She has also shown nationally in Philadelphia, PA; Durham, NC; Wichita, KS; Richmond,
VA; New York City, NY; and Chicago, IL.

 


José Ortiz New York City
José is a painter, educator and multi-media artist committed to connecting art with our
everyday world. His paintings layer symbols and myths to create possibilities for connection
between all peoples and cultures; to achieve this effect, he uses a mixture of photography,
printmaking, collage and paint to reveal our common existence. He was selected to participate
in the MTA: Arts for Transit Project. His work "Many Trails" was commissioned for the 183rd
Street and Jerome Avenue subway stop on the #4 line in the Bronx. His work has also been
exhibited in galleries throughout the NYC region. In addition, Jose has curated visual art shows,
designed sets for choreographer Sita Frederick and was a key collaborator on several large-
scale multi-media installation projects at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and at The Point, CDC.
As an Educator and Arts Administrator, José has worked for The Children’s Art Carnival of
Harlem, Henry Street Settlement, Romare Bearden Foundation, The Anyone Can Fly
Foundation and other national and international arts organizations. He also worked with the
Joan Mitchell Foundation, first as an art educator in their Free Saturday Art Programs and
subsequently selected as the Artist Programs Manager focused on Young Artist Initiatives,
running a mentorship, portfolio development and career exploration program for participants
age 12 to 26. He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC.

 


Asante Salaam New Orleans
Born and raised in New Orleans by conscious change agent parents, Asante Salaam’s artistry
grows from reverence for the exquisite ordinariness of living life. Her artworks offer reflection
and celebration of the juicy beauty of women, nature, spirit, love, life and creative processes.
As a creative strategy leader, Asante managed programming and served as Interim Director for
the City of New Orleans’ Office of Cultural Economy form 2011 through 2018. In that capacity,
she facilitated opportunities to increase income and quality of life for artists and culture
producers in New Orleans.


Asante believes in magic and enjoying heaven on earth.

 

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