ARTS PROUD Campaign Debuts
Our Fund Foundation Unites South Florida LGBTQ Arts and Cultural Agencies, Advocating for Non-profits So They Are Positioned to “re-stART” and Flourish Post-Pandemic
Our Fund Foundation announced the launch of Arts Proud, a newly created campaign to support its various arts and cultural grantees that have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The mission for the Arts Proud campaign is to sustain the arts within South Florida’s LGBTQ community and create a springboard for the non-profit agencies to restART and flourish post-pandemic.
Earlier this summer, Our Fund formed a coalition of LGBTQ cultural institutions such as the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Island City Stage, Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, OUTshine Film Festival, South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, Thinking Cap Theatre, Thou Art Woman, and the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus which has essentially served as a South Florida LGBTQ arts collective and support group.
The agencies meet virtually on a regular basis to combine efforts, share and pool resources, and recently began to explore opportunities to reduce costs by leveraging scale and realizing joint savings as a means to preserve financial resources.
“The Arts Proud campaign name succinctly encapsulates what we are trying to accomplish – safeguarding the diverse LGBTQ arts and cultural institutions which over the decades have shaped South Florida into one of the most vibrant and eclectic arts and cultural centers in the country,” said David Jobin, Our Fund Foundation President & CEO. “In order for this to happen we need the LGBTQ community to continue to support these struggling arts and cultural organizations so they can continue provide safe spaces for enjoyment, connection, and reflection.”