The Noah’s Art arts initiative is raising funds for those in the performing arts who have been left unable to work during the ongoing lockdown restrictions.
The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown levels and restrictions have negatively affected many businesses, causing high levels of unemployment especially the hospitality and entertainment industries where financial aid is mostly non-existent. With the industry at a virtual standstill and performance venues indefinitely closed, many performers, some possibly regarded as local stars with celebrity status together with riggers, sound engineers, and behind the scenes crew are in dire financial straits with nowhere to turn for assistance.
Theatre professionals Vicky Friedman, Lorri Strauss, Shelley Meskin, Talia Kodesh, Caryn Katz, Sharon Spiegel-Wagner and Hannah Rudnicki along with choreographer David Matamela could not stand by and watch their contemporaries suffer or starve. They formed Noah’s Art – an initiative to collect food and donations to assist performing artists without employment, without income and without means to survive. This is an unprecedented crisis of enormous proportions throughout the country and the Noah’s Art team are trying to help feed as many performers as possible during this difficult time.
So far, Noah’s Art has distributed 1900 grocery vouchers to performers and their families in Soweto, Orange Farm, Johannesburg, Alexandra, Cape Town, Durban, and Gqeberha. As the pandemic and lockdown continues especially in winter, the need for food and basic nourishment is ever increasing and funds are about to run out.
Noah’s Art is urgently appealing to anyone who is able to lend their support at this critical time by donating food vouchers through a financial contribution to kindly donate what they can, or help by spreading the word.
Donations can be made by depositing in the Noah’s Art bank account:
Investec Bank Limited
Acc No: 50016898206
Branch No: 580105
Reference: Donor name.
Further enquiries can be sent to Noahsartcharity@gmail.com