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The Cultural Solidarity Fund is an initiative administered by the Indie Theater Fund with leadership by LEIMAY that provides relief microgrants of $500 to artists and cultural workers including individual artists, administrators, production staff, custodians, art educators, ushers, guards, and more and prioritizes Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), immigrant, disabled, and trans and gender-nonconforming individuals who have been most severely impacted by the pandemic.

In the spirit of coalition and resource sharing, NYC arts and cultural organizations of all sizes and structures continue to come together to grow a joint Cultural Solidarity Fund. The current Organizing Group of the CSF is seventeen organizations that meet weekly and are involved in decision making and idea implementation processes through collaborative work.

To date, more than 250 organizations and individuals have come together to raise over one million dollars, funding 2010 artists and cultural workers (67.9% of applicants, of which 95% were from urgency level 5). We received an overwhelming 2,722 applications with 56% of applicants expressing dire need for food and housing funds, far outpacing the current funds available. After one year since applications had opened, CSF re-surveyed the waitlist requesting an update on their urgency level. As of early 2022, there are still 385 people on the waitlist of funds, with 66.4% in urgency levels 4 and 5 facing housing and food insecurities.

The Indie Theater Fund (Administrator of the CSF) is a 501c3 organization registered in the state of NY. The Indie Theater Fund was established in 2012 as a not-for-profit service organization that provides unrestricted funding, professional development, and other support to the indie theater community, including operating an Emergency Fund and a loan program. Contributions to The Indie Theater Fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Indie Theater Fund is lead by Randi Berry, Executive Director.

LEIMAY (Lead Organizer of the CSF) is an immigrant, BIPOC artist-run, community-focused arts entanglement founded in 1996 and incorporated as a 501c3 in New York City in 2003. LEIMAY serves audiences and artists worldwide and in New York City through a plethora of programs, and body-rooted works, creating access to contemporary forms of art at the intersection of the visual and the live arts. LEIMAY supports artistic exploration; community-based resource sharing; artistic collaboration, and professional development. LEIMAY produces and presents the collaborative interdisciplinary creations of its co-artistic directors Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and the LEIMAY Ensemble locally, nationally, and internationally.

Organizer Group of the CSF Dancewave | Nicole Touzien, Dance Parade | DJ McDonald, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute I Melody Capote, Elevator Repair Service I Mark Rossier, HERE| Meredith Lynsey Schade, Hi-ARTS I Hanna Stubblefield-Tave, National Dance Institute I Juan José Escalante, LEIMAY| Ximena Garnica, Mark Morris Dance Group I Michelle Amador and Haley Mason Andres, NYC & Company l Carianne Carleo-Evangelist, New Yorkers for Culture and Arts I Laurie Berg and Lucy Sexton, Performance Space New York I Paula Bennett, Ted Berger, Theater for a New Audience I Dorothy Ryan, The Bushwick Starr I Lauren Miller, The Indie Theater Fund | Randi Berry, Additional Support: ADVANCE/MORE Opera I Cheryl Warfield, Bronx Arts Ensemble| Ellen Pollan

Join the Organizing Group of the Cultural Solidarity Fund:

In addition to sponsoring artist(s) you can also commit to joining the Cultural Solidarity Fund’s weekly 1h meetings and be involved in decision making and idea implementation processes through collaborative work You can also become a CSF Ambassador and leverage your network to help raise and direct funds to those in need in our community Email with interest in joining our Organizing Group and becoming an Ambassador, and start amplifying the fund by sharing our ready-to-post social media assets on your platforms!

The Cultural Solidarity Coalition are ALL the organizations, foundations, companies, and individuals who are sponsoring the Cultural Solidarity Fund with a contribution of $500 or more.

Contributing organizations include: 651 ARTS, Apollo Theater, Artists Space, Arts House School, Asian American Arts Alliance, Barre Vida, Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Bronx Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn Ballet, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Cherry Lane Theatre, Children Museum of Arts, Dance/NYC, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dancewave, Dance Parade, Danspace Project, Danza Espana, El Museo del Barrio, Elevator Repair Service Theater, Flushing Council on Culture & The Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Ford Foundation, Friends of The Anthropologists, Frigid NY, Fund for the City of New York, Gibney Dance, Harlem Stage, HERE Arts Center, Hi-ARTS, Hispanic Society of America, Ice Theatre of New York, ID Studio Theater, International Arts Relations, Irish Repertory Theatre, Issue Project Room, Jack Arts, JP Morgan – The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, Kinesis Project dance theatre, La MaMa, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, League of Independent Theater, LEIMAY, Lifetime Arts, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Mabou Mines Development Foundation, Mark Morris Dance Group, MCC Theater, Meredith Monk/The House Foundation for the Arts, Movement Research, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, National Black Theatre, National Dance Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Live Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, New Yorkers for Culture and Arts, NYC & Company, Path to Rhythm, Performance Space New York, Ping Chong and Company, Primary Stages, Queens Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Rooftop Films, Roundabout Theatre Company, Scrap Paper Pictures, Seven Loaves Inc, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Soho Rep, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup, STREB, Symphony Space, The 52nd Street Project, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Bushwick Starr, The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, The Chocolate Factory, The Dance Enthusiast, The Field, The Hispanic Museum & Library, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Indie Theatre Fund, The José Limón Dance Foundation, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, The Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation, The New Group, The Playwrights Realm, The Tank, The Tow Foundation, TheaterLab, Theatre for a New Audience, Theatre Projects, Thompson Family Foundation, UrbanGlass, Venturous Theater Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, What We Do.

Contributing Individuals include: Angela Miskis, Aaron Moschitto, Adelaide Kent, Aimee Todoroff, AJ Lopez, Alexander Betka, Alexis Lubin, Amanda Ringger, Amanda Stage in memory of Linda Caldwell, Amy Schwartzman, Andre Doughty, Andrea Nellis, Ann Holtwick, Anthony Meyers, Asya & Ted Berger, Aziza Kasumov, Barbara A. Bryan, Barbara Matovu, Billie Tannen, Bob Walter, Brenna Thomas and Nicolas Jaeger, Brooke Haney, Bruce Allardice, Carl Atkins, Carl Goodman, Carolyn Dorfman, Carolyn Hall, Casey York, Celia Braxron, Cristina Kirk, Colleen O’Neill, Constance Christensen, Constance Cunningham, Cynthia Flowers, Dana Ivey, Dani Martineck, Daniel McKleinfeld, David Roberts, Dena Isles, Don Shewey, Dorothy Ryan Leitch, Elizabeth Rose Daly, Elizabeth Warren, Ellen Birger, Elwood Exley, Emily Todras, Eric Oberstein, Erica Manta, Esther Goldbas, Fiona Simon, Floyd A Warren, Francis Baudry MD in honor of Paul Baudry, Gary & Marcie Kesner, Gina Gibney, Greg Miller, Gregg Mozgala, Gretchen Schneidau, Hanna Stubblefield-Tave, Heather Robles, Imran Sheikh, Jack Bernatovicz, James Lynes, Janet Hollander, Jean Aaron, Jeanette Villafane, Jeannie Oakes Lipton, Jeff McMahon, Jennifer Gordon Thomas, Jennifer Thompson, Jerry Polner, Jeso O’Neill, Jess Jacobs, Jessi Hill, Jessica Morgan, Jordana & Sean Williams, Joyce and John Vialet, Judith Baicich, Julia Vickers, Karen Davidov, Katelyn Halpern, Kathleen Dunn, Kathryn Myers, Kelsey Nelson, Kiebpoli Calnek, Lanie Zipoy, Lawrence Stierhoff, Lee Aleksich, Lindsey Crane, Lisa Safier, Liz Norman, Lois Ogan, Lori Newcomb, Mac Ingram, Maggie Cino, Maggie Cammer, Marek Walczak, Margaret Hagemeister, Margaret Jones, Margaret L Goodman, Marge Blaine, Marilyn Sobel, Mark Rossier, Marta Renzi and Dancers, Matthew Gray, Matthew McDaniel, Matthew Trumbull, Maxine Gerson, Megan Callaghan, Michael Criscuolo, Michael Emerson, Michael Gardner, Michele Jerison, Moira Stone, Morgan Zipf-Meister, Nehassaiu deGannes, Nicole Touzien, Nkemjika Alimole, Pamela Grossman, Patricia Cai, Patricia Joyce, Patricia Specter, Peggy O’Shea, Randal Pierce, Raymond Codrington, Renee Blinkwolt, Rob Urbinati, Robert Buckholz, Robin Bell-Stevens, Rosalind Anderson, Sarah K. Lippmann, Stanley Corfman, Stephanie S. Bok, Stephanie Wilchfort, Stephen Daldry, Stuart Weinberg, Susan K. & Thomas F. Dunn, Susan Stockel, Suzanne Smith, Teresa Snider-Stein, Tia Bangura, Tiffany Mellard, Timothy Babcock, Tobin Nellhaus, Tom Staggs & Lynda Kennedy, Tom Wagner, Travis Amiel, Vallejo Gantner, Wilden Dannenberg, Willy Mosquera, Yvonne Benn, Yvonne Roen, Zachary Herman.



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