Visual artists often live within narrow financial constraints, even in the best of times. A medical crisis, fire or other emergencies can result in a catastrophe.
In response, artists and arts professionals joined together in 1992 to found EASL (Emergency Artists’ Support League). EASL is operated by a 100% volunteer Board of Directors, 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 bills.
Though visible when it is raising money, EASL abides by a strict policy of confidentiality regarding disbursal of funds to protect artists’ anonymity and dignity.