Summit County artists can apply for $50,000 in relief

Akron Beacon Journal

Summit County artists who have been personally or professionally impacted by the pandemic can apply for support from a $50,000 relief grant that ArtsNow has received from the GAR Foundation. 

The Artist Relief Fund will award $500 or $1,000 grants to artists needing work-related supplies, rent for studio or home, equipment or software, housing, childcare or food.

Eligible artists must be 18 or older; live and/or work in Summit County; demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, career and a public audience; and have a loss of income or new and unexpected expenses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. They may work in the disciplines of dance, design, film, fine craft, music, theater and performance, visual art or writing.

Applications will be accepted at artsnow.org/artistrelief through Jan. 28. A committee will review all applications and make recommendations and ArtsNow will distribute final grant awards.

“The personal and professional toll the pandemic continues to have on the creative sector is substantial,” Kendra Williams, ArtsNow board chair, said in a release. “The generosity of GAR Foundation is a critical investment to help navigate the ongoing recovery in our industry and to ensure the arts are here to support the community we love in the days ahead.”