Thirty arts and culture organizations from across the country, including three in Indiana, have received COVID-19 relief grants from Arts Midwest through the U.S. Regional Arts Resilience Fund. The fund’s goal is to invest in organizations that do not historically receive much funding as they attempt to weather the pandemic.
More than 500 organizations were nominated by their communities and the thirty selected organizations will each receive $50,000 to $55,000 as a one-time investment. The Indiana organizations receiving funding include Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art and the Community School of the Arts. All three organizations received $50,000. Twenty-two of the organizations awarded grants are led by and serve people of color, and 11 are based in rural areas. Arts Midwest says recipients may use the funding to meet their most pressing needs.
“These organizations play a critical role in the civic and economic vitality of our communities and are core to our quality of life in the Midwest,” says Torrie Allen, President and CEO of Arts Midwest. “We are proud to be partnering with our state arts agencies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and our fellow U.S. Regional Arts Organizations on this recovery effort and are humbled by the continued need for support within and beyond these communities.”
The fund began in June of this year when a national collective of nonprofit arts organizations received allocations of a $10 million emergency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Arts Midwest used a philanthropic investment model to ensure rural and communities of color were involved in the funding process. For more information on the Resilience fund, click here.