The Creative Impact: Capital Region Artist Fund was created to help alleviate some of the financial stress many are enduring, specifically the local artists.As of May 12, the fund has raised more than $10,000, received over 135 artist applications, and has awarded 80 artists with grant funds. Payments to artists are in the form of $100 Visa Gift Cards and will continue to be distributed to artists until funds have been depleted.
The Creative Impact: Capital Region Artist Fund is presented by Acting with Aaron, Albany Barn, Albany Center Gallery, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Collectiveffort, Creative Action Unlimited, D. Colin, Youth FX, with support by Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and United Way of the Greater Capital Region.
The Fund is approximately $4,000 from being able to fund the remaining artist applications. Thanks to a generous contribution of $1,000, all support will be matched up to this amount until May 24.
An individual artist/creative from the four counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady who is suffering financial losses due to canceled events and projects because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in all disciplines, are eligible to apply. (i.e. performances, readings, workshops, gigs, commissioned work, or other like opportunities). Funding and interest dependent, it may expand to include the other counties of the Capital Region as well, in the near future. Proof of address will be requested.
Artists who apply also have the opportunity to sell their art on Albany Barn’s website, and/or participate in Collectiveffort’s TV live stream series.
If you are a creative or know of an artist in need and would like to apply, please visit forms.gle/Jx2wsVkocHRQLGj88
If you would like to donate to the fund to sustain the arts and culture of the region, please visit https://www.unitedwaygcr.org/creative-impact
Join the FB group: Creative Impact: Capital Region Artist Support Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/586230128629918/)
Or text “CREATIVEIMPACT” to 91999 to get a link to the contribution page