Arts Community Alliance Supports Area Art with Short-Term Relief

The Arts Community Alliance recently announced it has distributed $148,500 in the second cycle of grants from the TACA Emergency Arts Relief Fund. The special fund was established in late March to provide short-term immediate relief to area nonprofit arts organizations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A full list of grantees for both funding cycles may be accessed on the TACA website at TACA-Arts.org/emergency-arts-relief-fund. 

Grant recipients for both distribution cycles were chosen by a committee of board members, donors and community arts leaders.

“When we conceived the TACA Emergency Arts Relief Fund, we never dreamed the community would respond so generously,” said Terry D. Loftis, Carlson President and Executive Director of TACA. “Our original goal was to raise $150,000, and to date, we’ve generated $605,800 in total thanks to institutional foundations, family foundations and individuals who share our passion for supporting the vitality of the arts during this critical time. We know the arts community will need critical support in the coming months, so we are reserving the balance of funds as we identify ways TACA can provide assistance.”

“When we learned COVID-19 was upon us, our team worked swiftly to establish a responsive, need-based fund to support the local arts sector,” added TACA’s Deputy Director of Programs and Marketing Maura Sheffler. “For TACA, establishing a special fund was a departure from our 50-year history of merit-based grantmaking, but of critical importance during this unprecedented crisis. We’ll continue to support the arts community as we navigate the months ahead of us.” 



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