EASL - Emergency Artists Support League
EASL is a volunteer committee, founded in 1992, that seeks to raise and distribute funds to artists in need. The EASL funds provide emergency financial assistance to visual artists and art professionals throughout North Texas during times of unforeseen medical emergency or dire temporary distress by awarding monetary grants. EASL also helps artists negotiate their medical bills. To date, EASL has dispersed over $300,000 in grants to North Texas artists. All funds are distributed confidentially, as EASL strives to maintain the artists' anonymity and dignity. Contributed funds are held for distribution by the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., Dallas, Texas.
Visual artists often live within narrow financial constraints, even in the best of times. A medical crisis, fire, or other emergency can result in catastrophe.
In response, artists and arts professionals joined together to found EASL in 1992. EASL is operated by a volunteer committee, allowing for maximum funds to be distributed to individuals in need. In addition to awarding monetary grants, EASL works with a resource of professionals, from social workers to attorneys, who volunteer their time and expertise to help negotiate medical bills.
Though visible when it is raising money, EASL abides by a strict policy of confidentiality regarding disbursal of funds, thereby protecting artists' anonymity and dignity.
Your contribution means a great deal to EASL, but it is even more important to the artists and their families.