Arts For Illinois COVID Relief Fund
Co-Curator and Writer/Editor, 2020
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Arts for Illinois is a collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and the broader philanthropic community, co-chaired by Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker and Chicago First Lady Amy Eshleman. The new online platform features talented artists, performers, singers, poets, painters, writers, and many more from across Illinois who have made their works available for the public’s enjoyment while at home during these challenging times. This platform is a place to connect, express, and inspire. A place for comfort, laughter, and healing among all residents.
This statewide initiative comes at a time of unprecedented strain on the arts and cultural community as a result of COVID-19. Arts for Illinois also launched the Arts For Illinois Relief Fund, which will provide immediate relief directly to individual artists and artisans, including stage and production crew members and part-time cultural workers, as well as art organizations, through grants to help those unable to work during this temporary shut-down.
Since its launch on April 1, 2020, through the end of the year, the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund has awarded $6,909,450 to 2,493 artists and 233 organizations around the state. For privacy reasons, the list of individual artist grantees is not publicly available. Visit the Arts Work Fund website for a list of organizational grantees.