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Get the latest news and information about how ArtsWA is supporting arts and culture organizations, arts educators, and communities across the state.
ArtsWA is accepting one-time grant applications from arts organizations affected by COVID-19.
Find information about how the state government is helping support Washingtonians during this time.
Like all of you, ArtsWA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to supporting artists, arts organizations and creative communities across Washington State.
ArtsWA has taken the following steps to serve our state’s artists, arts organizations and creative communities:
Our programs are making changes to their operations to best serve Washingtonians, particularly in rural and under-served communities. See info below for specific program updates.
We have made a temporary change to our Fiscal Year 2020 grant policy. If your funded project, event, or program has been postponed (not happening before June 30, 2020) or cancelled due to mandates set by the federal government with regards to public gatherings, you are authorized to use your grant funds toward General Operating Support for your organization. This applies to our First Step Grant program.
AIPP Collections will be postponing our springtime artwork inventory. Instead, we’ll be reaching out directly to those agencies to ensure that we know if there are any construction impacts for which we need to plan.
If you are an artist with an active ArtsWA project or your campus or agency is in the process of acquiring new artwork, please contact your AIPP project manager with any questions or concerns.
All planned, on-site presentations, meetings and site visits are suspended until further notice. We are available for phone and video meetings and strategic planning sessions.
We have made a temporary change to our Fiscal Year 2020 grant policy. If your funded project, event, or program has been postponed (not happening before June 30, 2020) or cancelled due to mandates set by the federal government with regards to public gatherings, you are authorized to use your grant funds toward General Operating Support for your organization. This applies to all our Grants To Organizations grant programs: Snap Grants, Levels A, B, C and Cooperative Partnership grants. Contact Miguel Guillén, Grants to Organizations Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
ArtsWA has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to distribute to arts organizations in Washington. We will be accepting applications from April 17 until May 31, 2020 from Washington-based nonprofit arts organizations and fiscally-sponsored arts groups.
For more information about the grant program and to apply, click here.
Resources from Washington State, including unemployment, health care, relief funds and more.
On May 1, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Health announced:
This is a phased, data-driven approach. All reopening activities depend on continued success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and meeting four capabilities including:
Every phase will still require physical distancing and appropriate health precautions including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in a number of industries.
Find resources that are available in your county or region of the state.
Jolyn GC – Seattle
Joan McBride – Kirkland
Senator Lisa Wellman – Mercer Island
Sheree Wen – Medina
Rep. Carolyn Eslick – Sultan
Linley Logan – Bremerton
Diane Martindale – Friday Harbor
Rebecca Redshaw – Mount Vernon
Judy Tuohy – Everett
Robin Avni – Gig Harbor
Francene Blythe – Vancouver
Andre Bouchard – Vancouver
Mariella Luz – Olympia
Faaluaina S. Pritchard – Lakewood
Rep. Sharon Wylie – Vancouver
Sen. Hans Zeiger – Puyallup
Monica Miller – Ellensburg
Charlie Robin – Yakima
Rosanna Sharpe – Coulee City
Below are links to a surveys arts advocates are asking artists and arts organizations to fill out. The info will help determine how much artists & organizations are affected by COVID-19.
Art Beyond Sight — for disabled artists and cultural workers
Providing a safety net to artists who work in craft disciplines
An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
National Employment Rights Project