On Tuesday, United States Artists, which has long played a crucial role in support of artists across the country, announced the appointment of Judilee Reed as the new President and CEO. Ever since its founding in 2006, the United States Artists’ Organization has dedicated itself to awarding generous $ 50,000 scholarships not only to creatives who deserve the means to take their practice to the next level, but to administrators, curators and platformers who are just as dedicated. to ensure that artists thrive. The United States was formed in the wake of The National Endowment for the Arts cuts with severe budget cuts, and in recent years the deep need for funding for universal art in the United States has become even more apparent.
Creative has struggled tremendously over the last few years and needs more generous financial support than ever before. “We still do not know what the long tail effects of the pandemic are, and as we all know, we still live in it,” Reed told the Observer in an interview Monday. “From the perspective of the cultural sector and from working artists in the cultural sector, there is still more to understand.”
United States Artists was one of the partners involved in Artist Relief, which handed out $ 5,000 grants to artists in dire need when the pandemic exploded in early 2020. “Artist Relief was an extraordinary effort and absolutely necessary, and it did a number of things, including provide essential resources to artists when faced with some pretty sharp realities, “Reed said.
“During the pandemic, we saw some pretty scary characters about what was going on with artists,” she continued. “The Brookings Institute and the Bureau of Economic Analysis measured between January 2021 and the middle of the year, and they found that 52% of actors and 55% of dancers were out of work in the United States. This was at a time when national unemployment was 8.5%. ”
Reed, who joins the United States Artists after his role as program director for the Creative Communities for the William Penn Foundation, has many years of experience with extensive grants. She also led the Thriving Cultures Program at the Surdna Foundation, where she focused on grants to communities of all sizes.
By taking on his new role as President and CEO of United States Artists, Reed comes after five years of working in Philadelphia centered around investing in organizations. “This opportunity to now reconnect and work directly with artists and be inspired by the work they do in a truly direct way is to me by far the biggest benefit of the job,” Reed said.