You can call it art for the sake of art – plus $ 1,000 a month.
San Francisco It plans to start paying 130 local artists $ 1,000 a month from May through fall in a pilot program.
“Since the first day the epidemic reached San Francisco, we have learned that this health crisis will affect artists, and artists of color in particular,” Mayor London Breed said Thursday while announcing the program.
Breed said that the city’s artists “make San Francisco special, and they bring a lot of life and energy to our city. The arts are essential to our local economy and are an essential part of our long-term recovery. If the arts help us recover, the arts will help San Francisco recover.”
But while some praised the city’s efforts to help local artists, others such as Republican John Cox, who is campaigning against Governor Gavin Newsom – who is facing a summons attempt against him – expressed their frustration.
Cox released a statement posted on Twitter containing a palm face emoji.
Other critics suggested the show was the cause of “breaking AF” at City by the Bay and said they initially believed the ad posted on Twitter was from a spoof account.
“Gee, what could go wrong. How many” budding “artists” would magically arise? ” Post Books.
Mayor Breed previously announced approximately $ 25 million in budget surplus will be allocated to arts preservation in addition to nearly $ 12 million in grants to local arts organizations, FOX 2 reported.
Interested artists must submit an application by April 15 and must be someone who “actively engages with the community through music, dance, creative writing, visual arts, performance art, installation, photography, theater or film.”
Applicants must also make less than about $ 60,000 a year or less than $ 69,000 in a two-person household, according to San Francisco Chronicle.
The Office of Racial Equality of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission will handle the program and artists from “historically marginalized communities” are encouraged to apply.
Other basic income programs under development in San Francisco include funds for emergency medical technicians and expectant mothers from Pacific Islanders and blacks. Fox 2 mentioned.
Nearby Auckland also revealed a framework for its pilot program that offers a Guaranteed income To 600 low-income black people.