ECA Artist Grants Initiative
Supporting Our Artists While Cultivating Community
Easthampton City Arts (ECA) is deeply committed to our community of artists and we are actively invested in the meaning, value, and impact that arts and culture have here in Easthampton and throughout our region. For 15 years, ECA has served our community in receptive, responsive, and innovative ways and in accordance with the evolving needs of our public. Within the context of this time of pandemic, we recognize that our community of artists is more economically vulnerable than ever before and that the financial circumstances that individuals are facing are broad, complex, and diverse.
In the spirit of our ongoing commitment to our artists and our community, we are pleased to announce Easthampton City Arts Artist Grants Initiative. This first-of-its-kind program at ECA will provide grants to individual artists in exchange for an event, workshop, or other arts-based activity — presented through a virtual platform — that serves to engage others and inspire community. This particular approach serves to activate our new, shared virtual platforms during this time of social distancing with the visual arts, poetry, music, performance, and educational opportunities that we all value and appreciate so much.
ECA extends our immense gratitude to all the dedicated individuals, local businesses, and community organizations that have contributed throughout the years to creating our community of arts and culture that we all hold dear. Creating this grants program is rooted in this longstanding foundation – and is an opportunity for ECA to join the larger ecosystem of artist relief efforts to help provide some assistance as we all work together to navigate this unprecedented time. We also acknowledge Mayor Nicole LaChapelle for her leadership, guidance, and support as we worked to develop the ECA Artist Grants Initiative.
Easthampton City Arts has committed $10,000 to local artists through the Easthampton City Arts Artist Relief Grants program, which will roll out in phases. For PHASE I, ECA will issue 16 grants in the amount of $300/ea (totaling $4,800), in exchange for arts and cultural events, workshops, and activities that are designed to engage a public audience, through a variety of platforms. ECA will provide additional assistance and support in terms of outreach, promotion, documentation, and additional resources as needed.
In addition to this funding, grantees will receive priority registration for optional online financial and business support webinars hosted by our partners at MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program. These webinars take a post-pandemic approach to crucial financial questions for an artist’s career with the goal of increasing participants’ financial resiliency. Webinars are kept small to maximize peer support and trainer-trainee interaction, so space is limited. Details of webinar topics and dates will be announced and distributed in the coming weeks.
In addition, a Go Fund Me page has been set up so that additional funds can be raised to directly and exclusively support this effort.
- Announce Easthampton City Arts Artist Relief Grants program
- Deadline to apply for PHASE I
- All applicants will be notified
- MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists optional webinars will take place Summer 2020
- All PHASE I projects must be presented during Summer 2020
- Specific dates and schedules will be arranged with each individual selected artist
- All PHASE I artists will be asked to complete an evaluation form, so as to help ECA continue to develop, strengthen, and improve the program for PHASE II
- Details for PHASE II of the program will be announced
- Artists who live, work, or have worked in Easthampton are eligible to apply. This includes any artist, regardless of residency, with a history of sharing their art within the City of Easthampton and engaging the public through these creative efforts;
- Priority will be given to applicants with financial need, in response to the economic impacts of the pandemic;
- Artists of all genres and media are welcome and encouraged to apply;
- All proposed projects must engage the greater community in some way;
- All platforms for recording and sharing proposed projects will be considered;
- All selected artists must submit a W9 in order to be compensated.
The selection committee for PHASE I will include all voting members and prospective members of the ECA Coordinating Committee and the City Arts Coordinator:
- Pasqualina Azzarello
- Jeffrey Bagg
- Jon Carroll
- Casey Douglass
- Tracey Eller
- Kevin Monaghan
- Ted Perch
- Jan Ruby-Crystal
- Hillary Smith
- Matt Waugh
All selected artists will need to sign an agreement and comply with the program guidelines. As with all ECA & City programs, artists can submit invoices once they have fulfilled the requirements of their agreement. Please note that checks can be expected to arrive approximately four weeks after paperwork has been processed.