COVID-19: Arts Relief Program for Oregon Artists

by | Oct 17, 2020 | Event

The Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, has just launched a statewide Artist Relief Program. The Artist Relief Program provides relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals (or other activities with a stipend), events, teaching opportunities, book signings, or other professional presentation opportunities.

We are making efforts to reach artists across Oregon, and specifically artists from traditionally or currently underserved and under-resourced communities, including communities of color and rural communities.

I am reaching out because I understand that you/your institution has/have a network and relationships with artists or creative entrepreneurs from communities of color. If you know of artists from underserved communities, or others who have experienced significant loss of revenue during COVID-19, we would appreciate your help in getting the word out about this program!

The applications will be reviewed by panels of arts professionals. If you know of someone you think would make a strong panelist, please provide their name, affiliation or discipline and email address. Panelists will receive a stipend for their service.

The application opened October 16 with a deadline of November 10. The grant guidelines and link to the application are on the Arts Commission website. The guidelines include information about the program, the application questions and the criteria that panelists will use to review applications.

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 December 31, 2020. (Supported disciplines: Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); Dance (including choreography); Music (composition and music performance); Theatre and Performance Art; Folk & Traditional Arts; Visual Arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); Design Arts; and Media Arts.)


Thanks so much!



Aili Schreiner

Trust Manager





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