The Arts Council of Indianapolis is organizing this fundraiser to help local arts & cultural workers who are experiencing a sudden and severe loss of wages during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Our goal for the public GoFundMe campaign is to raise $50,000.
Thanks to your quick response, hundreds of people are already being helped by the $500 rapid-response grants being distributed through this fund, and we please need your ongoing support to ensure that #IndyKeepsCreating now and into the future.
As one grant recipient said, "This is so incredibly moving and helpful—it is bringing me to tears in such a positive way. I can now cover my health insurance premiums for two months!"
The Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund was created by the Arts Council in partnership with a coalition of community funders.
The Fund is expected to exceed $400,000, thanks to generous initial investments of $50,000 each by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc., the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, and the Herbert Simon Family Foundation.
In addition, Visit Indy donated just over $30,000 to the Fund from recent sales of the official INDY T-shirt. The public T-shirt campaign was a partnership between Visit Indy and The Shop.
And thanks to YOU, we hit the $25,000 goal that earned a matching donation Efroymson Family Fund.
The impact of COVID-19 on local arts & culture
More than 1,000 Indy arts and culture event cancellations and venue closures due to the COVID-19 public health crisis are causing devastating losses, affecting 30,000 artists, administrators, and affiliated workers and 125+ arts and cultural organizations that comprise Indy’s creative economy.
A recent COVID-19 impact survey conducted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis found 95 percent of individual artists (inclusive of all disciplines - music, dance, visual art, theater, literary, and media) anticipate significant losses, with a majority estimating critical impact on their financial stability.
The impact is equally devastating for Indy’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, with two-thirds reporting significant financial losses related to cancellations and closures and more than half anticipating the need for emergency relief within one to three months to continue operations.
100% of all contributions to the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will go directly to central Indiana artists, arts workers, and administrators. The Fund will be administered by the Arts Council of Indianapolis in partnership with the funders and support from Indy Music Strategy, Indiana Humanities, Create Indy, and others.
Learn about all the ways #IndyKeepsCreating to connect and inspire us
Despite the massive cancellations and closures required to slow the spread of coronavirus, Indy artists and organizations continue to find innovative ways to help us stay connected and inspired using social media. The entire creative community is asked to use the #IndyKeepsCreating hashtag so the Arts Council, Visit Indy, news media, civic, and arts partners can amplify our collective efforts to serve and support our community and each other during this incredibly difficult time. Learn more at www.IndyKeepsCreating.org. Special thanks to Pattern Indy and Big Car Collaborative for their partnership to develop the #IndyKeepsCreating artwork.
7 ways to support Indy arts & culture during this challenging time:
1. Donate to the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
2. Visit www.IndyKeepsCreating.org to learn more about the growing number of virtual arts and cultural offerings and additional resources to support artists and arts and cultural organizations.
3. Donate tickets to any canceled events back to the organization instead of asking for a refund.
4. Donate directly to the arts and culture organizations and venues you value.
5. Provide payments and tips to individual artists as they share their work on social media.
6. Buy subscriptions, memberships, tickets, and gift cards from arts and cultural organizations.
7. Support local restaurants, bars, businesses, music venues and other cultural and entertainment locations impacted by the crisis.
Apply to the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
Artists and qualifying arts and cultural organizations in need of emergency relief funds can apply for a rapid response grant through the COVID-19 Indy Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund. Visit www.IndyKeepsCreating.org for guidelines and application instructions.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis fosters meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations can thrive.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations to the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund managed by the Arts Council are tax-deductible.