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.

Danielle Cartier
Danielle Cartier
In his mixed media work, Tom Herbert explores various concepts of abstraction through the use of repeated pattens and shapes. His use of fractured elements to create designs gives his work an kinetic energy that keeps the viewers eye engaged.
Tom Herbert
Tom Herbert

In his mixed media work, Tom Herbert explores various concepts of abstraction through the use of repeated pattens and shapes.…

In his mixed media work, Tom Herbert explores various concepts of abstraction through the use of repeated pattens and shapes. His use of fractured elements to create designs gives his work an kinetic energy…

In his mixed media work, Tom Herbert explores various concepts of abstraction through the use of repeated pattens and shapes. His use of fractured elements to create designs gives his work an kinetic energy that keeps the…

My artwork talks quietly about the underlying significance of the domestic sphere on artist production. It argues for the relevance of craft, specifically ceramics and fiber arts, by creating a conversation between the two mediums. Displaying a fascination with the way fiber marks clay, my ceramics exhibit just how subtle those marks can be.
Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson

My artwork talks quietly about the underlying significance of the domestic sphere on artist production. It argues for the…

My artwork talks quietly about the underlying significance of the domestic sphere on artist production. It argues for the relevance of craft, specifically ceramics and fiber arts, by creating a conversation…

My artwork talks quietly about the underlying significance of the domestic sphere on artist production. It argues for the relevance of craft, specifically ceramics and fiber arts, by creating a conversation between the two…

Tania Qurashi
Tania Qurashi
Colorful, minimalist  still-life paintings created with a palette knife, which leaves a distinctive texture.  Incisions and scrapings, along with pencil and oil pastel marks, trace the creation of the work over time. Light and shadow are key elements in these abstracted scenes of everyday life.  Working over multiple sessions result in traces of previous versions and iterations which allow the viewer to engage in the work on multiple levels.
Melissa Husted-Sherman
Melissa Husted-Sherman

Colorful, minimalist still-life paintings created with a palette knife, which leaves a distinctive texture. Incisions and…

Colorful, minimalist still-life paintings created with a palette knife, which leaves a distinctive texture. Incisions and scrapings, along with pencil and oil pastel marks, trace the creation of the…

Colorful, minimalist still-life paintings created with a palette knife, which leaves a distinctive texture. Incisions and scrapings, along with pencil and oil pastel marks, trace the creation of the work over time. Light…

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