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Give yourself a round of applause. You’ve made it to Friday and the end of another homebound, often anxiety-ridden week in quarantine. Whether you’re confidently striding into the weekend or limping past the finish line, here is a collection of positive news stories to reflect on this week. People are combatting this weird time by starting new charitable organizations, reuniting with family members, and offering virtual entertainment when we need it most. Below, a roundup of the stories that made conquering this week just a little bit easier.
Ava DuVernay Launched A Grant Program For Arts Organizations Centering On Women & People Of Color
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind When They See Us and Selma launched a $250,000 grant program with her non-profit ARRAY Alliance. The initiative will support arts organizations that center on people of color and women. Array Grants’ goal is to provide financial support for grassroots film festivals, arts advocates and creators that “serve as a cultural catalyst for narrative change.”
Unrestricted grants of $10,000 have already been awarded to 14 inaugural honorees that serve African American, Latinx, Asian American, Native American, multiethnic and women-centric film communities: BronzeLens Film Festival, Cine Latino Film Festival, IllumiNative, Sankofa Film Society, Gary International Black Film Festival, UrbanWorld Festival, Cinema Sala, Lumbee Film Festival, Indigenous Film Festival, Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, Visual Communications, ImageNation, Cinema Detroit and the Houston Museum of African American Culture. Additional grants were presented to The Sarah Jones Film Foundation and to Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com.
A 99 Year Old WWII Veteran Raised $24 Million for U.K. Healthcare Workers
99-year-old Tom Moore, a WWII veteran in the U.K., raised more than £20 million ($24 million) for Britain’s National Health Service. He initially aimed to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together after a recent hip surgery by walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden before his 100th birthday on April 30. But on Thursday, he exceeded that goal and his initiative inspired the largest donation JustGiving’s site has ever seen. In an interview with ITV, Moore said he would “try and continue walking for all the time that people are kind enough, and thoughtful enough to give some money to such a good cause.”
Dolly Parton Continued To Hold Virtual Storytime
While sheltering at home, celebrities have been delving into new mediums (we see you on TikTok, Judi Dench and Jane Fonda). Perhaps no one has mastered this trend more gracefully than Dolly Parton, who has been reading children’s books in her “Goodnight With Dolly” series every Thursday since early April. At 7 p.m. ET weekly on Facebook and YouTube, she reads selections from the Imagination Library, her book gifting program that’s been sending free books to children since 1995. The 10-week livestream series kicked off with The Little Engine That Could and is reason number 10,001 why we love Dolly.
New York City’s Sanitation Deputy Chief Offered Happy Hour To Healthcare Workers
After finishing their shifts at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York City Sanitation Deputy Chief James McGovern treated healthcare workers to happy hour. In a video McGovern’s niece Emilee posted on Twitter, he can be seen offering medical professionals a selection of mini cocktails via his mobile mini bar. Today also reported on the feel-good effort, which also benefited health workers from across the country who have traveled to NYC to treat patients.