The COVID-19 pandemic is putting staggering pressures on our arts organizations and artists. With strict guidelines to stem the spread of the virus, public gatherings are banned, venues are closed, performances, shows, events, classes and fundraisers are being cancelled. Organizations and artists are losing income – immediately and into the foreseeable future.
The Cultural Alliance of York County, in partnership with its generous donors, are addressing this urgent need by taking immediate action to deploy operational relief funding for its partner organizations and artists.
The Cultural Alliance York Artist Relief Fund will award grants of up to $500 to individual artists who live in York County whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Focused on lost income, current and into the foreseeable future, the York Artist Relief Fund will replace the Artist Professional Development Grant for the rest of 2020 to provide one-time relief to artists who live, work, create, and/or perform in York County. Only one grant per applicant is allowed. Recipients of 1st and 2nd Quarter Artist Professional Development grants are not eligible to apply.
The York County Artist Relief Fund will open for applications on Wednesday, March 25th and will be open on a rolling basis for as long as the fund can sustain requests. This funding was not originally intended as relief funding, and the funds available are limited. The Cultural Alliance urges those who love York County’s cultural scene to help address the urgent needs of the artists and creatives in our community by giving directly to the Cultural Alliance York Artist Relief Fund at www.culturalyork.org/contribute. Make sure to select ‘Artist Relief Fund’ as your appeal.
For more detailed artist relief fund guidelines and to apply, visit www.culturalyork.org/artistgrants
To provide much-needed funding immediately, The Cultural Alliance of York County Board of Directors voted on March 25, 2020 to make immediately available a one-time draw on the estimated 2020 campaign allocation for Mission partners, and to provide an accelerated Impact operational grant to five new organizations.
These unrestricted funds will help these organizations meet their most pressing needs at a critical time, thanks to the contributions of our campaign investors.
We have been awed and amazed at the speed and resilience of our arts community. As soon as Governor Wolf announced the state of emergency for Pennsylvania on March 16th, our arts community has created innovative ways to share their content digitally and bring arts and culture to the thousands of area residents who can no longer be with them in person. Visit www.york365.com for a listing of virtual museum tours, online classes, and streaming concerts from our arts partners.
Three things you can do to support our arts community:
INVEST IN THE CULTURAL ALLIANCE CAMPAIGN/ARTIST RELIEF FUND: help us continue supporting our arts community, now and for years to come by donating online here.
DONATE YOUR TICKET: rather than ask for a refund for your canceled performance, donate the value back to the organization.
SHARE A STORY: share a photo or post an Instastory on Instagram of your favorite arts experience. Tag @culturalyork so we can share!
MAKE A PLAN TO COME BACK: Consider joining as a member or subscriber of your favorite arts organization. You’ll provide needed funds now and be the first to hear about new events once they are running again.