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La Maison des Artistes

Many artists and filmmakers are struggling financially in the wake of the few months during the Covid-19 outbreak.    Experimenta has recently founded a new base in Paris, France and to connect with local artists,  we hope to initiate this project La Maison de Artistes to support them during this difficult times. 


We start out with presenting two Japanese - French artists : filmmaker Reiko Kondo and visual artist Annco Muira. They had both lived and worked in Paris for the past 20 years.   By purchasing their art work , you are helping these artists to continue their creative livelihood in Paris.


There are also emergency relief funds proposed and made available by artist associations and government.   We have also listed a number of initiatives for fellow artists and filmmakers wanting to apply for emergency funding.


Reiko Kondo was born in Tokyo.  She graduated from the  Film School of Tokyo and  l’EICAR (Ecole Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation) Director’s Section in Paris.   She had lived in Paris since 2000 and has worked as a filmmaker and artist.  One of her latest films, From Now to Eternity , was screened in Hong Kong.  


To supplement her income, she also work as an translator for Japanese crew shooting in Paris.  Reiko is fluent in French, English and Japanese. Because of COVID-19, all works are canceled since this February. 

Reiko says "  I don’t know from when I can work again like before.  Since midnight of 16th March, all cinemas are closed in France and all shooting are postponed or cancelled.  All events and festivals are cancelled.  I am completely unemployed and I need help. " 


About creating origami art "  I made a silent film called "MÄRCHEN II".

To decorate the inter-titles, I prepared a lot of Japanese origamis and hand-dyed Japanese papers.


Three years ago, the film's protagonist Amandine became a mother of a little girl.  To give her a gift, I had reflected on it and decided to create an origami art thinking of our memories.  Since then, I have started creating origami arts. 


All origamis and hand-dyed Japanese papers came from Japan, all origami arts are handcrafted, original design, single unique piece.


when you use these photos, please credit ©️Ikuo Yamashita.

In Japanese ©️山下郁夫

Ikuo is a friend of mine, who is a famous photographer who lives in Paris more than 40 years.


Née à Tokyo.

Diplômée de Film school of Tokyo et l’EICAR (Ecole Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation) section réalisation.




EICAR (Ecole Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation) 監督コース卒業。











Funds for Visual Artists

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
If you're a sculptor, printmaker or painter with over ten years of experience, the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program offers larger grants of up to $15,000 for unforeseen expenses. The application specifies that it's a one-time grant related to a specific emergency, such as fire, flood or medical needs.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
Professional visual artists, media artists and choreographers living anywhere in the United States can apply for Rauschenberg Emergency Grants of up to $5,000 to cover unforeseen expenses. Please note that a panel reviewing the applications will begin to meet in May and June, so this program isn't the one for those with pressing, short-term needs.

CERF+ Artists' Safety Net
Artists working in craft disciplines—including but not limited to clay, fiber, metal, wood, glass, concrete, plastic, synthetic fibers or recycled materials—can apply for emergency grants of up to $3,000 from the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. They must demonstrate that they've been making a sizable portion of their living from their craft for three years, or that they've been involved in traditional or folk art on an ongoing basis. Artists are asked to submit an inquiry form before they can apply.

Untitled, Art Emergency Fund
Artists who either graduated from a Bay Area institution or have been working in the region for at least two years can apply to the Untitled, Art Emergency Fund, which gives out $250 grants to freelance, hourly and wage-working artists. The mini grants cover basic expenses such as rent, childcare and healthcare costs, and applications are due March 31.

Online Art Event during COVID 19

How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This?  is an online exhibition, co-curated by Barbara Pollack and Anne Verhallen as a platform for the exchange of ideas at this time of crisis.  We invited artists who are considered thought leaders, artists who struggle with futuristic pessimism, political outrage and psychic melt-downs.  The invited artists have responded with unbridled enthusiasm and we will be posting new artists every day for the foreseeable future.

This site is also a platform for free expression,  inviting visitors to post responses on our Commons page. We hope to open a dialogue at a time of social distancing.  Art offers solace or has instigated resistance and rebellion.   This was true during the AIDS crisis,  in the weeks after 9/11,  at the shock of Hurricane Sandy and all the other signs of global warming altering environments around the world.    

We invite you to join in the conversation and appreciate art responding to times like these.

Documentary Producers Alliance 

Wavelength Productions Keep The Lights On Fund $5-$10K Grants for films in post Apply by 5/15


Sundance Institute Announces $1M Emergency Relief Fund for Independent Artists and Organizations


Film Independent Emergency Filmmaker Support Fund $500-$5,000 grants for Film Independent Fellows


The Save Small Business Fund Opens Monday April 20, 2020: Grants up to $5,000


NEA CARES Act Grants Deadline 4/22/20 (part 1), 5/4/20 (part 2)

Info session on Zoom 4/20 12 noon PT / 3PM ET


Field of Vision/Topic Studios Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund

Field of Vision is accepting applications for individual grants up to $2k from their emergency relief fund beginning 9am ET on 4/8, until 6pm ET on 4/10 or until they receive 750 applications. There will be a 2nd round May 6-8.


Artist Relief Emergency Initiative $5K grants Round 1: 4/8-4/23


American Documentary COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund


SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources


IDA Navigating US Unemployment Compensation as a Filmmaker

IDA Filmmaker’s Guide to Applying for US Coronavirus Federal Relief (downloadable)

Includes Resources for Undocumented Immigrants from the National Immigration Law Center (see webinar in next section) and Informed Immigrant 


Freelancers Union: What the CARES Act Means for Freelancers

Freelancers Union: How the Paycheck Protection Program Can Help Freelancers 


Vox How To Get Coronavirus Unemployment Insurance

La Maison des Artistes

Following the various measures taken by the French government regarding the pandemic of the covid-19 virus, many of you are wondering about its impact on your artistic activity and the existing arrangements to help you.

We thank you for your support and encouragement during this period. The whole team works daily to help you get through this difficult period.

On May 6, the President of the Republic and the Minister of Culture announced new measures to help the cultural sector after the confinement . Some of these measures directly concern artist-authors:
- Exemption from 4 months of social
security contributions - Easing of access to the solidarity fund
- Possibility of being reimbursed for rents for a workshop or studio
- Launching of a public order for young artist-authors whatever their field of competence
- The contribution of artists and technicians to extracurricular activities

The government and the Regions have set up a Solidarity Fund with 7 billion euros for "natural and legal persons carrying out an economic activity which meet the eligibility criteria, in particular artist-authors, who will be able to benefit from aid up to € 1,500 from this solidarity fund . It is created for companies particularly affected by the economic, financial and social consequences of the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.

The government announced on April 24 the extension of the solidarity fund device beyond May for restaurants, cafes, hotels, businesses in the tourism, events, sports and culture sectors .

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