Four arts organizations receive federal grants to help recover from COVID

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Four Delaware arts organizations are receiving federal grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to help recover from the pandemic.

The Delaware Contemporary, Art Works for All, Delaware Shakespeare and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus have all received US bailout grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Each organization received either $50,000 or $100,000 and is one of 567 arts organizations nationwide located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Washington, DC to receive the grants.

A total of $57.75 million in unmatched funds was awarded.

Kristin Pleasanton is the assistant director of the Delaware Arts Division, and she says organizations can use the money for COVID-related issues.

“They can use that money to help them reopen and recover, maybe bring back staff or hire new staff, pay for their building or utility expenses. Even programs that can help support marketing and safety supplies such as masks or hand sanitizer, or whatever else they might need to get through the pandemic,” Pleasanton said.

She says the grants will help.

“I think the sheer amount of their grants can really make a difference,” Pleasanton said. “It can fund a few positions, it can do a lot of marketing, a lot of programming, so yeah, I think the impact is big, and of course it’s the perfect time.”

Pleasanton notes that the pandemic has been difficult for the arts community with exhibitions canceled, buildings closed, organizations laying off staff and losing audiences.

Artistic coverage by Delaware Public Media is made possible, in part, through support from the Delaware Arts Divisiona state agency dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Foundation for the Arts.

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