Artist Fund Reboot Paints A Brighter Future For Local Creatives

Feb 24, 2021

Closson sees this is a perfect opportunity for indie artists to take their businesses to the next level.
Credit Courtesy/Arts United

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.

Meek is hoping that word of mouth will quickly carry throughout the community to reach new and renewing creatives.
Credit Courtesy/Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

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.