• Emergency Relief Fund Accepting Artist Applications

    The CAA is now accepting applications for the SECOND round of grants from its Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (ERFA). The Fund was established in April to address the immediate economic needs of local, professional artists who have experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted weekly through Aug. 28, through the CAA’s website, and grant awards will be available within one week of approval.

    The fundraising campaign also continues to ensure that funds remain available as long as necessary. Walton County residents and CAA Members Shawn and Richard Tomasello have already pledged a matching donation of $100,000 for the fund and challenge other individuals, businesses, and foundations to quickly donate to the fund in order to meet the needs of artists who have experienced significant loss of income.

    “We feel so blessed to be part of such an active art community,” said CAA Board Member Shawn Tomasello. “With that blessing comes a sense of commitment to those who make our world more interesting and beautiful.” 

    ERFA grants are available to individual, professional, working artists of all disciplines who live or work in Walton County, Fla., and have lost income because of the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity or a temporarily or permanently closed business due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists can request up to $1,000 during the first grant period to compensate for income lost between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2020. Artists who received a grant from the first round of granting are eligible to apply during the second round.

    Donations to the emergency relief fund can be made online at CulturalArtsAlliance.com/Donate and through the phone by texting ‘CaaArtistRelief’ to 76278. All donations, less any processing fees, will go directly to artists.

    Read the full announcement on our #ArtMatters Blog.  

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