PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Social distancing is taking a heavy toll on artists who depend on crowds and personal contact to make a living. Now, there’s a special program aimed at giving a helping hand to those who educate and entertain through the arts.
No sector is safe from the economic wrath of the coronavirus pandemic. But a new $3.5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation and a number of other organizations is aimed at softening the blow for Philadelphia’s art community, an industry that’s usually the first to feel economic cuts.
“It’s going to provide fast mini grants to artists, $500 apiece, to help them get through this very difficult time. It’s going to provide fast grants to small art organizations, those with budgets less than $250,000 grants, and then grants to midsize organizations,” explained Maud Lyon with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Lyon says the coronavirus crisis is taking an especially hard toll on a lot of artists who work in the restaurant and service industry.
Lyon says they also want to make sure cornerstones of the art community are able to weather the storm.
“Which is most of our theaters, museums, community art centers,” Lyon added.
Judilee Reed with the William Penn Foundation says they want to do their part to make sure the city’s art community keeps its vibrancy.
“At the end of all this, we hope that we see an abundance of healthy and productive artists returning to work,” Reed said.
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