Artist Recovery Fund

Supporting Local Artists

The Bee Vradenburg Foundation and Pikes Peak Community Foundation are pleased to invite local creatives to apply for the Artist Recovery Fund in celebration of Arts Month 2020. Artists who have lost work due to COVID-19 impacts are eligible to apply, or re-apply, for grants to cover expenses like shelter, food, and transportation.

Applications are due Oct. 16, and will be awarded by Nov. 1.

“With the federal government unable to pass new relief legislation or extend unemployment protections, local artists continue to lose income as restrictions on large gatherings remain in place,” said David Siegel, executive director at the Bee Vradenburg Foundation. “The Bee Vradenburg Foundation is pleased to partner with the Pikes Peak Community Foundation to fund and support regional artists who make southern Colorado a world-class creative magnet.”

The Artist Recovery Fund, originally launched in March, supports local artists and creative professionals in El Paso and Teller counties who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, 130 grants have been awarded.

“Creatives are particularly vulnerable during this time and Arts Month gives us a platform to remind local artists that they are not alone,” said Gary Butterworth, CEO at the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. “We are committed to promptly evaluating applications in order to invest in the success of our local artists and creative professionals.”

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