In difficult times most of us, “artists” always contribute with our art to support all kinds of efforts to raise funds for noble causes, but this time, I am taking the lead to advocate for my fellow artists and extend a cordial invitation to you all to join us in the efforts of raising funds to support latino Artists and their families in New England Region.
I have been working on an initiative to extend and expand the benefits that Verónica Robles Cultural Center (VROCC) offers to our community. VROCC is a non-profit organization officially established in 2013 with the mission of promoting Latin American Art and Culture as an engine for strengthening our communities and economic growth in the artistic and creative area.
The initiative will provide financial resources, information about health insurance, professional development and job opportunities, as well as create platforms to showcase local Latino artists in all artistic disciplines, and creative work so that they can develop their art and at the same time provide for their families stability and security while performing their art.
My vision is focused on artists who dedicate between 50% and 100% of their time to their artistic work and use it as a main source of income. We will also offer mentoring opportunities, workshops and advice for artists who aspire to become a full time artist.
Although this initiative is in the process of establishing its rules and programs, we have decided to activate it urgently due to the Coronavirus crisis with the aim of raising funds for artists who have families and a strong need for financial support in these circumstances.
With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we independent artists are among the most vulnerable people and that have felt the strongest economic impact. Many of us “artists” have been canceled tours, postponed concerts, regular performances in bars and restaurants and we do not know when we can return to work.
Especially us, Latin artists, at least in New England we do not have an infrastructure to support our creative economy in these difficult times, in general, we “artists” do not have paid sick time, health insurance, retirement fund, or other benefits but like all human beings we have survival expenses such as rents or mortgages, utilities, we also have families or people who depend on us to survive.
During times of crisis individuals, organizations, institutions, business etc. always ask artists to participate sharing our arts for the comfort and joy of those in need because Art offers an alternative to enrich the soul and spirit, heal and unite us as human beings and today we are facing a big challenge that is affecting all human beings worldwide and we, as artists are not the exception.
At times like this where we must stay home without physical contact while the authorities and public health officials are in charge of finding the solution to this health crisis, our responsibility as responsible human beings is to abide by the suggestion of "social isolation" but let's do it with enthusiasm and positivism because if we remain united working to support each other we will be able to overcome this hardship come out stronger than ever.
The money you donate will go to directly to professional artists in all diciplines trought performances online with access for all, we are still working on the details of logistics and we will keep you posted. We can provide you a Tax Except letter, we would be happy to provide it to you upon request.
The first step?
We sent out a survey to identified Latino artits who really need some help.
The second step?
We created this founrising campaign
Producing an online festival
Put toguether the artists line up (This is how we will dstribute the funds)
The festival will consist of a series of interactive presentations through internet platforms such as Zoom, Youtube, Facebook and will include live music, dance, poetry workshops, reading and drawing exercises. We are considering question and answer sessions among other activities that will be added and that will unite us to brighten our lives and inspire us.
In the first round, participating artists will help us identify other artists who have been directly affected by the pandemic.
This is an opportunity to put money directly in the hands of the artists and allow them to continue working. If you have the means, please donate! Proceeds will go to the artists, producers and platforms required to ensure the effectiveness of the broadcasts!
Stay safe and enjoy this time with your family or creating art.
Love and art for all,
Veronica RoblesFull-time artist (Main source of income)Founder and director of VROCC (Non-paid position)