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.
We recognize the incredible impact this virus is having and will continue to have on the arts community and have already started conversations internally and with other funders to discuss how we can work together to best address the present and future needs of the arts sector in Alberta. We have told our own grantees that we will be highly flexible with regard to our existing funding, given the uncertain timelines that surround all projects we're supporting.
When additional financial support is made available, funders will need a detailed account of the financial fallout you've experienced. If you're not already doing so, please start keeping clear and precise records of lost revenue and other financial impacts of closures and cancellations. No doubt the demand for assistance will be significant, and the support available won't entirely meet the need, but we’re certainly hopeful that some degree of damage mitigation will be possible.
Internally, we're exploring how we can better use technology to continue to convene and meet, including for our Arts Leadership programs. We are also looking forward with cautious optimism with our Call for Nominations for the Rozsa Awards.


On these newly-added COVID-19 website pages, you will find: 

  • a regularly-updated listing of Alberta Online Arts Programming,

  • a list of COVID-19-related resources and readings for local arts companies (coming soon)

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

  • specific information about how the Rozsa Foundation is looking to assist the community financially (coming soon).

There are many unknowns right now, not the least of which is for how long this will represent the new reality. As we move forward, if you have further ideas of how we can support you through our Professional Development Programs during this time, please connect with Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director, at If you have thoughts on what needs are emerging from this situation that might necessitate new granting initiatives, please email Simon Mallett, Executive Director, at If you have 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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