HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Like many businesses, local artists and arts organizations have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Arts Huntsville received a $ 150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help local artists in the community recover.
This grant will be distributed throughout the community to support jobs, fund the operations of local nonprofit arts organizations, and support artist fees for public art installations in the neighborhood. This grant comes from the second of three tranches of funding for the NEA’s US bailout.
In April 2020, the NEA announced that 40% of that funding would go to 66 national and regional arts organizations and Arts Huntsville is one of them.
Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville, says such funding is important to help artists recover from the pandemic.
“When you think of the arts, it brings people together,” said Dillon-Jaukin.
“Whether you are gathering for a gallery exhibit, a museum exhibit or a live performance. So the arts sector as a business sector has been incredibly hard hit by the pandemic, ”continued Dillon-Jaukin. “Our arts organizations and individual artists have really suffered over the past 18 months, so this funding will allow us to make grants available.”
Eligible arts organizations in Huntsville and Madison County will have the opportunity to apply for these grants in early 2022 and funding will be released in the spring.
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