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Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund gives out more grants

Established in March in reaction to the coronavirus shutdowns, the fund has paid more than $130,000 in grants to artists, art organizations and creative businesses.
"An Imbalance of Fire" by Mickett-Stackhouse studio. Half of the proceeds for the sale of this painting will go to the Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund.
"An Imbalance of Fire" by Mickett-Stackhouse studio. Half of the proceeds for the sale of this painting will go to the Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund. [ Courtesy of Creative Pinellas ]
Published Jun. 12, 2020|Updated Jun. 12, 2020

Creative Pinellas announced in a news release that, after recent fundraising efforts, the Pinellas Arts Community Fund paid a second round of grants totaling $37,000 to local artists, art organizations and creative businesses.

The fund was established in March by Creative Pinellas, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and the Pinellas Community Foundation.

Related: An arts relief fund has been created in Pinellas County.

The initial fund was $110,000. After receiving 300 applications, the grants went out to the applicants that were deemed the most vulnerable by the fund’s committee.

Related: Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund gives money to more than 100 artists and art organizations.

With that fund depleted, fundraising efforts including Creative Pinellas’ ticketed We Are Family: Pinellas County Virtual Festival of the Arts helped replenish the fund. They received another 200 applications and gave grants to 59 artists, nine creative businesses and six arts organizations.

“We are so thankful to the community for all the support they have given to artists and creative organizations and businesses who were devastated by the sudden closures and cancellations due to the current pandemic,” said Barbara St. Clair, CEO of Creative Pinellas, in the release.

“So many have stepped up to help — artists and performers have donated time and talent, business owners have provided resources, government and community leaders have given their voice to the cause and so many have offered financial assistance. It has been truly overwhelming to see everyone come together.”

Creative Pinellas conducted a study of the economic impact of the shutdown on the arts that found the estimated loss of revenue and employee income over a 90-day period was a staggering $5.4 million.

Now that the fund has been depleted again, creative ways of fundraising are happening. The arts community is still actively working to support one another. Mickett-Stackhouse Studio is offering a painting (pictured) for sale with 50 percent of proceeds being donated to the fund. For information on the fund and the painting, visit creativepinellas.org/pinellas-arts-relief.

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