Durham Arts Council (DAC) launched the Arts Recovery Fund in March, 2020 to support the arts community during this critical time.  Every day the impact of COVID-19 on the Durham arts community escalates with canceled arts performances, classes, residencies, loss of ticket sales, loss of contract income, loss of arts employment, and closure of arts venues -- creating a dire circumstance for the arts sector in Durham. Find links to apply to this program below.

There is a documented loss of $2,038,249.05 in revenue from the artists and arts organizations who have applied to the Arts Recovery Fund so far!

Thanks to the generosity of PNC Foundation, Duke University, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Fox Family Foundation, North Carolina Arts Council, Triangle Community Foundation, Manbites Dog Theater Fund, and over 100 other individual and corporate donors, DAC has raised over $104,000 to support our local arts community. To date, awards have been made to 99 individual artists and 37 arts organizations! 

Your gift can help us reach $100,000 in total awards to our Durham-based artists and arts organizations! 

Donors to the Arts Recovery Fund will be supporting a diverse community of local nonprofit arts organizations, artists, artist collectives, arts presenters, arts venues and arts businesses.  The non-profit arts sector in Durham provides 5,722 jobs and economic impact of over $154.2 million annually.*  The arts are a major part of what makes Durham vibrant and unique, and this sector is being critically impacted by Covid-19.

Artists are eligible to receive up to $500.  Arts Organizations are eligible to receive up to $1500.

Need to Apply for an Arts Recovery Fund Grant?
The DAC Arts Recovery Fund will be ongoing in 2020 to help our arts community recover during and after the COVID-19 crisis. The application process and guidelines are available online at:
ARTS RECOVERY FUND - INDIVIDUAL ARTIST APPLICATION (in English) / (Haga clic aquí para Español)


* Americans for the Arts – Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study

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