COVID-19 and The Arts

Greetings friends and colleagues,

Here we are in unprecedented times. Like everyone else, we at the Rozsa Foundation are doing our best to keep up with and respond to the latest changes being brought about by COVID-19 and trying to figure out not only what it means for us, but also for the arts community we support and care so deeply about. Our board and staff express their solidarity with all artists, arts professionals, and arts organizations who have seen their work cut short, postponed, or cancelled entirely.

On this newly-added COVID-19 section of our website, you will find:


  • a place to share your stories, challenges, learnings, and discoveries in this strange new world (coming soon).

We recognize the incredible impact this virus is having and will continue to have on the arts community; with gatherings restricted, so too are most revenue-earning opportunities for arts organizations. However, one outcome of physical distancing is that so many people are turning to the arts for connection, learning, and entertainment; whether it’s watching TV & movies, participating in livestreamed dance classes, taking virtual tours of art galleries, or engaging in the many other arts offerings available. We want to find a way to both lighten the impact on organizations while also providing the means to create digital content to share the arts with our communities, as we need the arts more than ever right now.
Internally, we're also exploring how we can better use technology to continue to convene and meet, including for our Arts Leadership programs, and we are looking forward with cautious optimism with our Call for Nominations for the Rozsa Awards.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 Granting Programs, please contact  Simon Mallett, Executive Director, at


If you have further ideas of how we can support you through our Professional Development Programs with COVID-19-specific programs during this time, please connect with Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director, at


And, if you have online arts programming or resources to add to our lists, please email Lisa Mackay, Marketing & Communication Manager, at


We are working from home, so if you need to get a hold of us, please do so via email rather than by phone or in-person. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and each other.

Be well,
Simon, Geraldine, Lisa, Ayla, and Ainsley

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