Arts Alliance Illinois joined Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in launching Arts for Illinoisa collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago and members of the philanthropic community to support the statewide creative sector during the COVID-19 crisis.
This new platform will raise money for and provide direct relief to the creative professionals and cultural organizations that have been impacted by the shutdown. It will also serve as an online community where creatives share their work, connecting with the public while at home during these challenging times.
Through the newly launched Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, individual artists and artisansincluding stage and production members and part-time cultural workersexperiencing an urgent need are able to apply for one-time grants of $1,500 distributed by 3Arts. Grants will be awarded through a lottery system and will be disseminated quickly.
Additionally, nonprofit arts and cultural organizations of any size will be able to apply for relief through the Arts Work Fund. Based on their demonstrated financial need, organizations will be awarded grants that are $6,000-$30,000.
See ArtsForIllinois.org/donate-and-apply .