The National Endowment for the Arts has released its guidelines for the distribution of $75 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securirty (CARES) Act. ArtsWA is currently preparing guidelines to swiftly distribute the funding to arts organizations across the state. More information on how to apply will be available soon. Up to $10 million in emergency relief grants ($5,000 each) are also available through the newly formed national Artist Relief Fund. Here in Washington, small businesses can also apply for $10,000 in emergency relief funding that can be used for operational expenses.
Statewide COVID-19 Information
Visit cornavirus.wa.gov for the latest COVID-19 health guidance, statistics and resources.
ArtsWA Program Updates
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:
- ArtsWA’s office in Olympia is closed to the public. Staff is available by email and phone to answer any of your questions or concerns.
- All of our upcoming panels and public meetings will take place virtually via GoToMeeting.
- We are cancelling/postponing all off-site meetings/gatherings.
- We will be communicating directly with our grantees about how local, state, or federal restrictions and recommendations impact their grant(s).
- We are tracking all COVID-19 related expenses, and encourage others in the arts community to do the same.
- We are participating in local and national surveys related to how COVID-19 impacts our work. We encourage you to take the Americans for the Arts Impact Survey.
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.
Arts In Education
- The Creative Start Site Grant Application deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday, April 3, 2020.
- The First Step Grant Application deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday, April 3, 2020.
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.
Art In Public Places
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.
Grants to Organizations
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.
Below are links to a number of surveys arts advocates are asking artists and arts organizations to fill out. The data they get from these surveys will help them determine how much artists & organizations are affected by COVID-19, and may help in any future requests for disaster and/or other financial relief.
Art Beyond Sight — for disabled artists and cultural workers
INFO COMING SOON! ArtsWA is working to compile resources and information to help support artists and arts organizations in Washington State cope with the impacts of COVID-19. Please check back here often to get updates and more info.
The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) has requested a $10 million allocation from the COVID-19 state relief funds passed by the Legislature at the end of the last session.
Congress has passed the third COVID-19 response relief package, which the president has signed into law. The package includes a $75 million allocation to the National Endowment for the Arts. Of this, 40% will be distributed to the United States’ 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, which includes the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA).
March 17, 2020 – Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today a $1.1 million City of Seattle funding package to invest directly in creative workers and arts and cultural organizations financially impacted by COVID-19.
UPDATED – March 17, 2020 – Washington’s creative economy is being severely impacted by the fallout of the COVID 19 pandemic and the necessity of social distancing. From government relief to grass-roots efforts, we’re heartened by the individual recovery efforts already underway in our state. We can also participate in the national recovery effort. Take the Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Economic Impact Survey.
(Updated) March 12, 2020 – Gov. Jay Inslee announced today, March 12 that all public and private K-12 schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will close for the next six weeks.