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GCAC COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Artists

THANK YOU Columbus and a HUGE thank you to our major community and corporate donors: Equitas Health, Crane Group, The Columbus Foundation Emergency Relief Fund and The Columbus Foundation Arts Innovation Prize Fund, Nick Akins, Huntington, IGS, Lee Shackelford Family Fund, Bank of America and many generous individual gifts. We are grateful. Our artists are grateful. If you have a few moments, and want your heart lifted, please download Artists Say Thank You!

The current pandemic crisis caused by COVID-19 has impacted Franklin County’s artists in a profound way. With the cancellation of events, exhibitions, performances, readings, speaking gigs, festivals/fairs, and educational arts programs to reduce the spread of the virus, artists who make their income partially or fully through freelance or teaching artist contract work are losing essential income, creating the perfect storm of economic hardship.

Through the gifts above and incredible community generosity we have opened a third round of grants but we know the need is still greater than the resources. We will continue our fundraising efforts to support artists until we can all emerge from this healthy, safe and together.

If you are an artist you can apply to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Artists program in order to provide emergency relief to professional artists in Franklin County. Artists will be able to quickly access up to $850 to recoup financial losses due to cancelled events, performances, exhibits, festivals or teaching opportunities. The grants are intended to offset loss of expected income, and assist artists in meeting their basic needs, such as rent and groceries.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to help Columbus artists.

$30,000 (1)
PNC Foundation
$25,000 (2)
Equitas Health
Loann Crane
$22,500 (1)
Crane Group
$10,000 (4)
Nicholas Akins
The Columbus Foundation
The Columbus Foundation Arts Prize
$8,000 (1)
Carol Andreae & James Garland Fund
$5,000 (4)
Bank of America
Beth Crane & Richard McKee Fund
The Lee Shackelford Family Fund
$2,000 – $4,999 (3)
Annie’s Fund
Shannon & Rob Crane
Doug & Monica Kridler
$1,000 – $1,999 (29)
John & Patricia Ammendola
Karen Bell & Ben Maiden
Debbie Phillips Bower
Shaun Brown
Paige & Michael Crane
Chad Ebert, Powell Academy of Music
Asian Festival
Dale & Gloria Heydlauff
Tom & Ann Hoaglin
Frank & Linda Kass
Tom & Mary Katzenmeyer
Kyle Knapp
Peggy Mativi
Maureen Mitchell
Kerri Mollard, Mollard Consulting
The Mulgrews
Kimber Perfect, in tribute to Columbus artists
Ron & Ann Pizzuti
Amie Preston
Mark & Sue Real
Michael & James Reese, Reese Brothers Productions
Liz Riley
Cordelia Robinson
Kathy Sullivan
Linda Swearingen
Peter Thomas, Peter Thomas Charitable Fund
Margaret & Robert Walter Foundation in honor of Mark Corna
Alan Woods

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