When we wrote our initial community care statement in 2020, many of you were either taking a break from participating in Art+Feminism activities or hosting your event online. As more people are meeting in person, we must acknowledge that COVID infections are persisting globally and while many are recovering, the impact of post-infection illness (or Long COVID) has yet to be fully realized. So while many of us live in places without protection against the spread of the virus, Art+Feminism is asking our community to lead and plan with care.
If you’ve reviewed our event funding application, you may have noticed that this year, we’re requesting all applicants (and encouraging all of our event organizers) to write a COVID mitigation statement for your event.
While we encourage the use of archived tools like the Wikimedia Foundation’s risk assessment tool and checklist for in-person events, we believe that it is critical for A+F organizers to maintain inclusive spaces and to be transparent with attendees about what to expect when attending their events. To that end, we have put together a guide for in-person events and are expanding our microfunding so that event organizers can use these funds for COVID mitigation. With the resources we are making available, Art+Feminism is unable to provide microfunding to events without a COVID mitigation plan.
If you have any questions or if you have some resources you would like to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.