ARTS COUNCIL PROVIDES 27 MICRO GRANTS TO LOCAL ARTISTS
LITCHFIELD COUNTY — The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council raised $6,250 for the NWCT Artist Relief Fund to go directly to artists in financial need over the course of the past five months. The funds were divided into 27 micro grants, total, and distributed to artists and arts professionals within the region of NWCT. The NWCT Artist Emergency Relief Fund was made possible by the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, the Neighbor to Neighbor Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Torrington Savings Foundation, and fundraising assistance from the Torrington Collective.
The data collected from the application process shows the diverse set of challenges and needs that arts industry workers are facing due to the pandemic. The Arts Council received 51 applications total from artists in 13 towns around the region. They represent arts educators, performing artists, musicians, commercial artists, fine artists, and artisans who rely on craft fairs to sell their work. The most alarming findings were that 73 percent of applicants were not receiving unemployment and 31 percent of applicants were housing insecure.
The NWCT Artist Relief Fund full report can be found at artsnwct.org/advocacy.