State announces artist grants

Alaska artists who have experienced financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a $1,500 grant, according to a Thursday release from the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

The council, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, the Atwood Foundation and the Rasmuson Foundation have created the Alaska Arts and Culture Emergency Relief COVID-19 Grant Program, which will provide $1,500 to artists who have lost work during the pandemic.

“Right now, artists are out of work — completely out of work,” Atwood Foundation Executive Director Ira Perman said in the release. “There are no tourists to buy the work of artists. Actors, singers and dancers can’t even wait tables. Until theaters, galleries, and other arts businesses fully open up, artists need this assistance to meet their basic economic needs.”

Instructions for the application can be found at artsalaska.submittable.com/submit.

Applications are competitive and will be evaluated by a selection committee. Artists have until June 30 to submit an application.

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