Artist Resilience Program to provide $1.5 million for Oregon artists

Announcing a second round of relief funding for artists:
Artist Resilience Program to provide $1.5 million for Oregon artists

The application is now live for the Artist Resilience Program, a second round of relief funding for Oregon artists offered by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. The partnership, which began with 2020’s Artist Relief Program, invests another $1.5 million in support for artists’ recovery from the pandemic. 

Awards will generally range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be determined by a peer review panel. A geographic distribution model will ensure that applicants from across Oregon are supported. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10.

“We are incredibly grateful to Oregon Community Foundation and the Miller Foundation for their dedication to helping us sustain our artists through these difficult times,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission. “In reaching Oregon’s artists, we know we are not only supporting these individuals financially, but also enabling them to continue their creative careers and enliven the cultural environments of Oregon.” 

The purpose of the Artist Resilience Program is to provide relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals or other activities with a stipend, events, teaching opportunities, book signings or other professional presentation opportunities. Guidelines are now posted on the Arts Commission website.

“In times of crisis, artists help us make sense of our world and stay connected to one another,” said Martha Richards, executive director of the Miller Foundation. “The Miller Foundation stands with Oregon artists in this difficult time because we recognize the critical roles they play in our communities and our lives – they are the foundation of our state’s arts ecosystem.”

“Oregon Community Foundation is thrilled to be a partner in this second wave of support for artists,” added Jerry Tischleder, Oregon Community Foundation’s program officer for arts and culture. “We recognize that independent and freelance artists are vital to the recovery of our communities, bringing hope and inspiration to the world while using their creativity to help process the collective trauma, grief and loss we’ve all experienced in these unprecedented times.”  

The program supports professional artists from specific disciplines who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021.

The artistic disciplines supported are: literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); dance (including choreography); music (composition and music performance); theatre and performance art; visual arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); design arts; folk & traditional arts; and media arts.

Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, as well as artists with disabilities, are especially encouraged to apply.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.  

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org.

RACC Grant Rounds 3 & 4 Now Open!

Make|Learn|Build grants are back! These are grants for artists and arts-based businesses/organizations that live or do work in Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas counties.

MAKE: the creation of work in any artistic discipline 

LEARN: artistic or administrative learning, skill building, or professional development that improve your art practice or business

BUILD: a transition or pivot for an arts business or operations, including purchase of equipment or staffing costs.

Choose your category at either the $1,500 or $3,000 funding level. 

Round 3 closes: 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 6
Round 4 closes: 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 26

Grant awards will be based on funds available, rankings by our community reviewers, and RACC’s stated value of serving underrepresented communities.

Learn more about our grant review process and who received grants in Rounds 1 & 2. Read the grant guidelines here.

National Emergency Relief Fund Announced

New RACC Grant Opportunity


Make|Learn|Build grants offer funding for artists and arts-based businesses/organizations in three categories:

MAKE: the creation of work in any artistic discipline

LEARN: artistic or administrative learning, skill building, or professional development that improve your art practice or business

BUILD: a transition or pivot for an arts business or operations, including purchase of equipment or staffing costs

Submit only one application at a time for Make|Learn|Build grants.
Choose your category at either the $1,500 or $3,000 funding level. 

Round one applications close: March 17, 5 p.m. PST
Round two applications close: May 19, 5 p.m. PST

Grant awards will be based on funds available, panel rankings, and RACC’s stated values to serve under-represented communities.Applicants must live or have a business in Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas counties.

Read grant guidelines:
https://racc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Make-Learn-Build-Grant-Guidelines.pdf.

Find more about the grant:
https://racc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Make-Learn-Build-Grant-FAQ-1.25.21.pdf.

Registering with RACC Opportunity Portal is required to apply for the grant. Registration is free.

National Emergency Relief Fund Announced

Today, a consortium of funders (see list below*) announced the creation of the Artist Relief, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. Artists or creative workers who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis should visit the Artist Relief webpage and funding application, which includes a COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers designed by Americans for the Arts.

*The $10 million fund created by Artist Relief is comprised of a $5 million matching gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as contributions from 7|G Foundation, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Amazon Literary Partnership, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arison Arts Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort, Jerome Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Kraus Family Foundation, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Metabolic Studio, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Richard Salomon Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Sue Hostetler and Beau Wrigley Family Foundation, Teiger Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The Willem de Kooning Foundation.

Stay up-to-date on the latest updates by visiting WESTAF’s COVID-19 Resources and Information page.

Sincerely,
The CaFE Team

New Emergency Fund for Individual Artists

Thousands of individual creative professionals have lost contracts, gigs, and teaching work. Performance cancellations, closures and physical distancing requirements are having a devastating impact on greater Portland’s arts community.  In Multnomah County alone, more than 900 individual artists responding to a recent survey estimated nearly $9 million in lost income just for March through May, 2020. 

This is where you can give – and get – help.

RACC’s Emergency Fund for Individual Artists supports individual creative professionals who have experienced a financial loss due to the global pandemic. The fund is open to artists at all levels of their careers, in a broad variety of disciplines. Applicants will be asked to share evidence of their artistic practice, household income and financial loss in the application. RACC will make awards up to $500 in order to support as many individual artists as possible, prioritizing those without access to other COVID-19 relief funds. Technical support and translation services are available.

Give, so artists can survive economically in Oregon.
Apply, so creativity can thrive and lead our collective healing through this critical time.