Pillars Rapid Response Fund

Pillars Rapid Response Fund

Ongoing Opportunity

Pillars has created a rapid response fund to support the personal expenses of Muslim artists and activists whose livelihoods are being negatively impacted by this current moment. They will be making $500 grants to individuals through a short application process.

As they anticipate the secondary consequences of COVID-19 on the livelihoods of activists and artists, they know that the need will far exceed the current fund, and only continue to grow as time passes. As Pillars’ initial, rapid response, they have currently designated $15,000 for Muslim artists and activists.

Please apply if this is relevant to you and/or share this information with those who you think would benefit most.

The Process

As a community-based fund, Pillars is aiming to keep the application and distribution process as transparent, simple, and quick  as possible. Please reach out to staff at fund@pillarsfund.org if you have any questions, suggestions, or comments. This is the account they will use for any communication related to this rapid response fund. If this form is inaccessible to you, please contact to complete this form over the phone or Zoom.

These grants are for individual artists and activists who identify as Muslim and who are in the United States. The process is based on trust, and Pillars trusts that applicants are people who have financial constraints that have emerged or been exacerbated as a result of this public health and economic crisis.

Pillars encourages feedback from community members throughout this process. They remain committed to responsive, community-informed funding as they continue to confront this evolving situation.

Distribution

Pillars will review applications once a week until the fund is depleted, and their goal is to release funds within days of the decision.

Learn more and apply on Pillars’ website.

Michael Grothusen is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia International Airport, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.
Michael Grothusen
Michael Grothusen

Michael Grothusen is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been…

Michael Grothusen is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally including the Philadelphia Museum…

Michael Grothusen is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia…

Stephen Millner artist:  Stephen Millner is a mixed media artist based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelpia.  Millner is a Yale fine arts graduate, past president of Artists of Yardley, and has worked in photography, sculpture, and many areas of graphic arts.   His mixed media work may include postal art, topical themes, social commentary, or pure fun.  His current work is in 3-D mixed media assemblage, characterized by pop culture images, humor, and thought-provoking juxtapositions.
Stephen Millner
Stephen Millner

Stephen Millner artist: Stephen Millner is a mixed media artist based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelpia.…

Stephen Millner artist: Stephen Millner is a mixed media artist based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelpia. Millner is a Yale fine arts graduate, past president of Artists of Yardley,…

Stephen Millner artist: Stephen Millner is a mixed media artist based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelpia. Millner is a Yale fine arts graduate, past president of Artists of Yardley, and has worked…

Mark Thellmann
Mark Thellmann
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Libbie Soffer
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Ellen Lana Abraham
Ellen Lana Abraham

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My art is a hybrid of the figurative and the abstract.The satire and cartoon imagery of my youthful artwork began to evolve as I grew more familiar with German Expressionism, American Social Realism and…

My art is a hybrid of the figurative and the abstract.The satire and cartoon imagery of my youthful artwork began to evolve as I grew more familiar with German Expressionism, American Social Realism and Abstract Expressionism.…

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