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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.
In response to COVID-19, the Greater Columbus Arts Council is temporarily redirecting its Support for Professional Artists grant funds to the GCAC 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 $1,000 to recoup financial losses due to cancelled events, performances, exhibits, festivals or teaching opportunities. The grants will offset loss of expected income, and assist artists in meeting their basic needs, such as rent and groceries.
Unfortunately, the funds available are limited. That’s where you come in. A donation to the GCAC COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Artists Fund will go directly to the artists most affected by this crisis. We need you right now. Together, we can help artists weather this storm. Please help us with your gift today.