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The Orange County Arts Commission created the Orange County Arts Support Fund in March of 2020 to support artists, arts industry workers, and arts organizations who have experienced the devastating impacts of COVID-19. In a typical year, the nonprofit arts industry in Orange County contributes $130M to the local economy and $5.3M to local government. More than 4,000 individuals in Orange County work in a creative field.
The arts industry has been decimated by the pandemic, and the impact is felt by artists, employees of arts venues, technical and production staff, and the neighboring businesses reliant on foot traffic from arts events.
The future character and vibrancy of our community relies on our support of this critical industry.
The next round of relief grants will open as funding allows. Click here for more information.
Click on the images below to hear from our grant recipients.
As of November 22, 2020; Americans for the Arts’ Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts and Cultural Sector
- Total reported loss for nonprofit arts organizations in Orange County: $2.3M
- Total number lost attendance (nonprofit only): 218,720
- Total estimated loss in community spending from lost attendance: $4M
- Total dollars raised to date: $69,735
- Total dollars in relief funds distributed to date: $57,850
- Total number of grants distributed: 107
ABOUT THE FUND
Donations are being accepted online through GoFundMe here. The ArtsCenter in Carrboro is serving as the fiscal agent for this fund and assists the commission in dispersing money to approved applicants.Your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of your donations will be distributed to the arts community (less GoFundMe fees: 2.9% + .30 per donation). Please note that this is not a fundraiser by or for The ArtsCenter. To support The ArtsCenter directly, click here.
If you’d like to make a donation with a check, please mail your contribution to The ArtsCenter. Be sure to memo “OCASF.”
300-G E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC 27510
In addition to our donors listed below, local artists are supporting the fund by donating a portion of sales from work sold. Click here to read more about these fundraisers by these generous artists:
Sean T. Bailey
Robin Ralston Frelier
Alissa Van Atta
WHY DID YOU DONATE TO THE SUPPORT FUND?