During the spring and summer of 2020, ABC put in nearly 400 hours in a combined effort to provide COVID-19 related support to approximately 100 individual artists, business owners, creative entrepreneurs, and nonprofits led by people of color. Through a diverse array of resource and capacity building workshops, we were able to significantly impact artists and communities of color across the countries.
During our March webinar on grant writing, we had nearly 50 people in attendance. All participants got a recording of the webinar as well as a folder of resources that included: a template grant checklist, one of ABC’s grants as an example, a sample budget, notes from COVID-19 Resources webinars compiled from staff, listings of funding opportunities, and advocacy materials that help them articulate the economic value of their cultural capital for grant narratives.
COVID-19 and the Creative Economy
When initial plans for quarantine were announced, few artists, arts businesses and arts nonprofits were well-positioned to manage a potential crisis or engage in the aid-seeking process. ABC and the Rising Tides will conduct a 3 phase, 10 month $260k impact study on the economic survival of POC-led arts organizations, entrepreneurs, and artists during and after COVID-19.
ABC staff held open office hours in individual one-on-one settings and in small groups in order to advise artists and entrepreneurs on applying for emergency relief funds, NYCT Application questions, post-crisis financial relief, grant prospecting, and more.