While at home during this shutdown, I have struggled to come up with an idea to raise some much-needed money for the arts community in Illinois.
"Arts for Illinois is a collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and the broader philanthropic community, co-chaired by Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker and Chicago First Lady Amy Eshleman.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on the arts and cultural community. In a statewide survey by Arts Alliance Illinois assessing the potential financial impact of COVID-related closures on the creative sector, 328 respondents estimated that their organizations will lose nearly $85 million in revenue due to a suspension of public-facing programs or exhibitions just through the end of April."
To maintain some sense of sanity in this difficult situation I have been going out early, almost every morning, for a walk around my neighborhood, photographing what used to be rush hour. I am calling this series of photos, Life Under Lockdown. I will keep adding images until this crisis is over.
To raise money for the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund I am going to make available an 8.5"x11" hand-signed print of any photo from this series for a price of $15. This will include shipping via U.S. Postal Service. I will then donate all proceeds from any sales of these photos to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund minus the cost of shipping. It breaks down as follows: Postage is $4.60, $15.00 - $4.60 = $10.40. I will cover the cost of the envelope. This means for every print in this series that is sold for $15.00, I will donate $10.40 to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund. I will post the progress of the sales as they happen. To make the purchase just click on any image below and there will be a popup that will let you add that image to the shopping cart.
I have really missed attending live performances, art exhibitions, opera, concerts, etc. and we have no idea how long this will last. Let's pitch in a few dollars, if you are able, and let the Illinois Arts community know much they mean to us.