Donna Zweig and Paul Eventoff, owners of Wizrd of Art art school in Los Feliz
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund helped husband-and wife-team Paul Eventoff and Donna Zweig, owners of the Wizard of Art independent art school, cover rent during the pandemic and ensure that it is able to remain in its Los Feliz location. The school is a community fixture and has been in the same location for 24 years.

The school provides personalized drawing and painting lessons to students of all ages and abilities, and has served students from age four to 104.

When COVID-19 hit, in-person classes for the school had to be cancelled, leading to a drop in enrollment and uncertainties on how the owners would pay for business expenses.

When Eventoff and Zweig learned they had received a grant through the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund, they were able to pay their rent and ensure that the school would be able to stay in its location. The school is currently offering virtual art classes over Zoom.

“This grant has been a godsend,” Eventoff said. “We are so grateful to continue offering art classes to the community in any way we can.”

The Wizard of Art school is located in Council District 4.

LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund

On August 31, 2020, the County and City of Los Angeles announced the creation of the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund, a joint effort to provide financial assistance to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits experiencing economic hardships due to the coronavirus.

Paul Eventoff and Donna Zweig's story is an example of how the COVID-19 Recovery Fund assists local L.A. businesses.

Awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 were provided over six rounds, the last of which ended October 26, 2020. In the upcoming weeks, EWDD Updates will feature more stories on L.A. City businesses that received grants and how the funding is helping them stay afloat during COVID-19.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of November 9, 2020. Read this issue and more.