Visual artists often live within narrow financial constraints, even in the best of times. A medical crisis, fire, or other emergency can result in catastrophe.
In response, artists and arts professionals joined together to found EASL (Emergency Artists Support League) in 1992. EASL is operated by a volunteer steering committee, allowing for maximum funds to be distributed to artists in need. In addition to awarding monetary grants, EASL works with a resource of professionals, from social workers to attorneys, who volunteer their time and expertise to help negotiate medical bills.
Though visible when it is raising money, EASL abides by a strict policy of confidentiality regarding disbursal of funds, thereby protecting artists' anonymity and dignity. Contributions mean a great deal to EASL, but it is even more important to the artists and their families.
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