The Sector Equity for Anti-Racism in the Arts (SEARA) is an initiative started by the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres which looks to galvanize sectoral efforts and deliver financial support to BC-based BIPOC Artists currently facing financial hardship.
SEARA FUND INITIATIVE APPLICATIONS OPEN
Summer 2020 in the wake of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, ongoing fight to uphold Indigenous rights and land recognition, prompted arts organizations across North America to publicly address systemic racism. The Sector Equity for Anti-Racism in the Arts (SEARA) is an initiative started by the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres in response to the current precarity of financial need. PAARC, BC Arts Service Organizations, and other sector leaders called for mutual aid and accountability in the arts. To simultaneously provide COVID-19 support and point to the inadequacies of current arts-funding models, SEARA looks to galvanize sectoral efforts and deliver financial support to BC-based BIPOC Artists currently facing financial hardship. SEARA is led by a BIPOC majority steering committee in the creation and development of the fund.
To date, SEARA raised over $270K across 104 organizations, the general public, and government entities. PAARC continues to support SEARA as their financial lead in handling the outgoing transactions for the initiative while Vancity Foundation and the BC Arts Council seek to support donations and granting cheques.
On January 17, 2021 the SEARA fund applications opened for BC-based BIPOC Artists facing financial hardships to apply. The fund seeks to shift from some of the current granting bodies inadequacies, which includes support of non-Canadian BC residents, teenagers, and multiple application formats.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Zandi Dandizette, President, PAARC, 778-835-9819 or firstname.lastname@example.org