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Artist Fund Reboot Paints A Brighter Future For Local Creatives

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A few of the popular activities on the city's arts and culture scene residents look forward to resuming once COVID restrictions are lifted.
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Closson sees this is a perfect opportunity for indie artists to take their businesses to the next level.

In May of 2020 Arts United and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne joined forces to create the city's first ever Artist Relief Fund, designed to combat the financial pressures on independent artists & creatives suddenly without income because of shutdowns and closures caused by the corona virus pandemic.

With COVID restrictions still hindering many from returning to work, a second phase has been launched.

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Meek is hoping that word of mouth will quickly carry throughout the community to reach new and renewing creatives.

Like its predecessor, this user-friendly program is carefully devised to offer immediate assistance, and  eligibility includes musicians, visual artists, actors, filmmakers, photographers and dancers who work and teach among gatherings of people.

For a rundown on the new features Phase Two offers, WBOI's Julia Meek spoke with Arts United's Director of Arts and Grants, Heather Closson and Christine Meek, the Community Foundations Vice President of Nonprofit Excellence via Zoom to learn how the project is going and what it means to the entire community.

You can find more information and apply online at Arts United's website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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