Oregon artists now eligible for relief fund
Artists in Oregon may now apply for the HYPERLINK "https://www.oregonartscommission.org/grants/artist-relief-program" Artist Relief Program, a COVID-19 relief initiative created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.
The purpose of the Artist Relief Program is to provide funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic with a stipend, events, teaching and general professional opportunities.
Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be distributed until the program fund, totaling just over $1.25 million, is depleted.
"We feel strongly that, in addition to the significant relief we were able to provide to arts and cultural organizations through federal CARES Act funds allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust, we need to offer relief funding to struggling Oregon artists as well," Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission, said.
The program supports professional artists from specific disciplines who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between March 1 and Dec. 31.
The artistic disciplines supported by the relief program are: Literature, dance, music, theater and performance, folk and traditional arts, design, media and visual arts such as drawing, painting and photography.
"Oregon Community Foundation is thrilled to be a partner in this new Artist Relief program," Jerry Tischleder, program officer for Oregon Community Foundation, said. "We recognize that independent and freelance artists are vital to the recovery of our communities, bringing hope and inspiration to the world while using their creativity to help process the collective trauma, grief and loss we've all experienced in these unprecedented times."
Applications are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 10. Awards must be spent by July 31. Visit, https://bit.ly/35c1COQ, for more information.
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