Grants to provide help to the vital Pinellas Arts Community are now available. With an indefinite suspension of arts programs throughout our county, the impact on the Pinellas arts community is profound.
In response to the sudden and dramatic need for emergency
relief among Pinellas County artists and arts organizations, The Pinellas Arts
Community Relief Fund has been established and will be distributed through the
Pinellas Community Foundation.
Grants will provide urgent financial support for
Pinellas County artists, arts organizations and creative businesses that face
immediate needs in the face of this unprecedented emergency.
Creative Pinellas, the Pinellas Community Foundation and the
St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, joined by arts leaders from throughout the
County, met to assess needs and gain support. The committee recognized that
urgent funding is critical to respond to the financial suffering of the
artists, arts organizations and arts businesses who play a leading role in
shaping the quality of life in Pinellas County.
The goal of this fund is to help ensure that the vibrant
arts and cultural landscape of our community remains intact through this
Award amounts are $500 for artists and between $500-$1500
for arts organizations and small creative businesses.
In order to qualify for relief funds, the artists, arts
organizations and small creative businesses simply need to demonstrate
specific, current and immediate financial need. For individual artists, this may
include rent, utilities, food, healthcare and other basic needs. Organization
and business needs may take the form of rent, payroll, employee healthcare or
other essential operating expenses.
The Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund is launching
with $70,000 in seed funding including contributions from the Community
Foundation, from Creative Pinellas and from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.
We ask our community to help grow this relief fund with
individual contributions of any size.
“We were happy to provide management and to be an early contributor to this fund,” said Duggan Cooley, CEO of the Pinellas Community Foundation. “Our board of governors is very aware of the need to support the arts in this community, knowing artists contribute greatly to our quality of life but often may be living on the margins.”
John Collins, Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance adds, “Our individual artists from all disciplines, our creative businesses, for profit and nonprofit, have established a wonderful arts and cultural ecosystem that now is fragile at best. This fund will provide some emergency relief to those who contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of our community.”
The committee recognizes that the need for help is urgent
and is striving to get funding distributed as soon as possible. The
collaborative team behind The Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund also is
committed to continuing to raise funds to support artists, arts organizations
and arts businesses for the duration of this crisis and are seeking support
from donors, philanthropists and foundations.
This message was brought to you by Creative Pinellas, The St. Pete Art Alliance (SPAA), and the Pinellas Community Foundation . Feature photo courtesy of previous issue of Destination Tampa Bay magazine of extremely talented local artist Ernie Simmons at work taken by Marcia Biggs. For other opportunities check out this course on fund raising for local arts here.
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