The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Easthampton City Arts (ECA) Artist Grants Initiative



ECA Artist Grants Initiative
Supporting Our Artists While Cultivating Community

Easthampton City Arts (ECA) is deeply committed to our community of artists and we are actively invested in the meaning, value, and impact that arts and culture have here in Easthampton and throughout our region. For 15 years, ECA has served our community in receptive, responsive, and innovative ways and in accordance with the evolving needs of our public. Within the context of this time of pandemic, we recognize that our community of artists is more economically vulnerable than ever before and that the financial circumstances that individuals are facing are broad, complex, and diverse.

In the spirit of our ongoing commitment to our artists and our community, we are pleased to announce Easthampton City Arts Artist Grants Initiative. This first-of-its-kind program at ECA will provide grants to individual artists in exchange for an event, workshop, or other arts-based activity — presented through a virtual platform — that serves to engage others and inspire community. This particular approach serves to activate our new, shared virtual platforms during this time of social distancing with the visual arts, poetry, music, performance, and educational opportunities that we all value and appreciate so much.

ECA extends our immense gratitude to all the dedicated individuals, local businesses, and community organizations that have contributed throughout the years to creating our community of arts and culture that we all hold dear. Creating this grants program is rooted in this longstanding foundation – and is an opportunity for ECA to join the larger ecosystem of artist relief efforts to help provide some assistance as we all work together to navigate this unprecedented time. We also acknowledge Mayor Nicole LaChapelle for her leadership, guidance, and support as we worked to develop the ECA Artist Grants Initiative.

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Overview
Easthampton City Arts has committed $10,000 to local artists through the Easthampton City Arts Artist Relief Grants program, which will roll out in phases. For PHASE I, ECA will issue 16 grants in the amount of $300/ea (totaling $4,800), in exchange for arts and cultural events, workshops, and activities that are designed to engage a public audience, through a variety of platforms. ECA will provide additional assistance and support in terms of outreach, promotion, documentation, and additional resources as needed.

In addition to this funding, grantees will receive priority registration for optional online financial and business support webinars hosted by our partners at MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program. These webinars take a post-pandemic approach to crucial financial questions for an artist’s career with the goal of increasing participants’ financial resiliency. Webinars are kept small to maximize peer support and trainer-trainee interaction, so space is limited. Details of webinar topics and dates will be announced and distributed in the coming weeks.

In addition, a Go Fund Me page has been set up so that additional funds can be raised to directly and exclusively support this effort.

Timeline

May 8
Announce Easthampton City Arts Artist Relief Grants program

May 22
Deadline to apply for PHASE I

May 29
All applicants will be notified

May/June/July
MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists optional webinars will take place Summer 2020
All PHASE I projects must be presented during Summer 2020
Specific dates and schedules will be arranged with each individual selected artist
All PHASE I artists will be asked to complete an evaluation form, so as to help ECA continue to develop, strengthen, and improve the program for PHASE II

July/August
Details for PHASE II of the program will be announced

Eligibility
Artists who live, work, or have worked in Easthampton are eligible to apply. This includes any artist, regardless of residency, with a history of sharing their art within the City of Easthampton and engaging the public through these creative efforts;
Priority will be given to applicants with financial need, in response to the economic impacts of the pandemic;
Artists of all genres and media are welcome and encouraged to apply;
All proposed projects must engage the greater community in some way;
All platforms for recording and sharing proposed projects will be considered;
All selected artists must submit a W9 in order to be compensated.

Artist Agreements
All selected artists will need to sign an agreement and comply with the program guidelines. As with all ECA & City programs, artists can submit invoices once they have fulfilled the requirements of their agreement. Please note that checks can be expected to arrive approximately four weeks after paperwork has been processed.

Contact
Please direct all inquiries regarding the Easthampton City Arts Artist Relief Grants program to Pasqualina Azzarello, City Arts Coordinator: pazzarello@easthamptonma.gov
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