Since March, Indy’s arts & cultural workers have delivered art-making kits to kids, performed virtual concerts and shows, sewed protective masks and gowns for health-care workers, and turned Downtown’s boarded-up buildings into a community canvas to illustrate powerful messages of hope and healing. They’re also a driving force of the city’s economy, serving 8 million residents and visitors annually.
And they need our help now more than ever. Nearly 100% of artists are suffering severe income losses due to an estimated 30,000 cancelled events and closed venues. Your donation to Phase II of the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will cover basic needs and healthcare costs for local creatives, but also build innovative new revenue streams that will aid in recovery efforts for the arts & cultural workers hit hardest by the pandemic.
You can also contribute to the Fund by purchasing a souvenir Welcome Race Fans fine-art print or poster through Aug. 31 at https://shop.ims.com/collections/giclee-prints. More than 50 Indiana artists have used their own unique styles and processes to celebrate the artistry and pageantry of the race since the 100th running in 2016.
In March 2020, the Arts Council of Indianapolis and a coalition of community funders established Phase I of the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund and provided 950 rapid-response grants to local creatives. As one recipient said:
“I'm so thankful to those who are working hard to support artists in our community. When I moved to Indy, I didn't expect to love the city or the arts community as much as I do; this is a testament to the people who love and support what's happening here.”
100% of all contributions will go directly to central Indiana artists, arts workers, and administrators. The Fund will be managed by the Arts Council in partnership with the funders and support from Indy Music Strategy, Indiana Humanities, Create Indy, and others.
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