NEFA Grants $106K to 19 Nonprofit Bay State Theaters
May 24, 2020 At a time when the majority of arts organizations have postponed or canceled performances, exhibitions, or events and more than 60% of working artists have become fully unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the New England Foundation for the Arts last week announced it has granted $106,065 to 19 nonprofit theaters in Massachusetts.
Cathy Edwards, executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), said, We recognize the significant impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on the creative sector, and that project dates and activities are likely to shift. NEFA will support grant recipients to use funds flexibly to reimagining engagements and projects. Artists and cultural organizations bring our communities together and continue to plan while navigating the impact of COVID-19. These resources will support their work into the future.”
Receiving the funds were the following:
'62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown: $7,000
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield: $4,500
Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, Hadley: $640
Puppet Showplace Theater, Brookline: $1,560
Rockport Music, Rockport: $8,875
Stone Soup, Worcester: $400
The Wistariahurst Foundation, Holyoke: $2,000
The Yard, Chilmark: $32,160
UMass Fine Arts Center, Amherst: $7,750
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford: $5,000
According to a recently completed survey conducted by the Americans for the Arts, 95% of U.S. arts organizations have postponed or canceled performances, exhibitions, or events and 62% of working artists have become fully unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Philanthropy News Digest reported.
Also, 24% reported they had reduced staff, 40% said they are likely to cut staff, and 10% percent said they are "not confident" they will survive the crisis.
"In addition, 95% of artists reported a loss of income, 61% had experienced a "dramatic decrease" in creative work that generates income, and 66% said they were unable to access supplies, resources, spaces, or people needed to do their work," the publication reported.
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