Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Sarah Arison, president of the Arison Arts Foundation, explain why they helped create a new $10 million relief effort for artists:
In dark times, artists do more than provide light; they create it and sustain it. They help us see and understand what makes us human in the face of fear and uncertainty. They give us the words and songs and dances and images with which to mourn and exalt. Rather than give antidotes or easy solutions, artists illuminate the path forward and over and through life’s most challenging moments.