The MFA Student Organization (MFASO) of the Hunter MFA Studio Art Program is raising money to support Hunter MFA students who are suffering major financial losses as a result of closures and lost income from Covid-19. Our intention is to collectively raise funds to provide emergency resources to those who need it as our government is doing little to protect our well-being, employment insurance is massively overwhelmed, and stimulus package checks are now expected to reach constituents in August. Hunter College is a public institution – our 108 students are made up of working artists, low-income students with little or no support, artists who support families, and international students who have traveled across the globe for this education at great financial cost. We work in industries or services that have been highly impacted by Covid-19 or are often in precarious employment with little to no protections or stability.
We seek to provide support for our fellow artists and MFA candidates whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic. Whether it’s from cancelled gigs, lost jobs, or a lack of business due to coronavirus scares, we hope to orchestrate an egalitarian approach to crowdsourcing for the artists in our program who need support. If you are financially able, please consider donating the money that you would have spent on tickets to live performances, exhibitions, movie theaters, or other cultural events to artist organizations, arts nonprofits, and artists like us, trying to make it through this together.
We know that many are not able to give financially at this time; please consider sharing if you are unable to give. Thank you!