This spring, we all find ourselves adjusting to a new normal. We are living in unprecedented times, and our hearts go out to all the people who have fallen ill due to COVID-19. While some are fighting for their lives, others are struggling for their livelihood. Small businesses, nonprofits, and restaurants have all been financially impacted by the virus. Artists have especially been hit hard. That’s why the Chatham Arts Council is announcing the creation of CAARE, the Chatham Artist and Arts-Workers Relief Effort. Can we count on you to help us?
Created with initial seed money generously granted by Manbites Dog Theater Fund, CAARE’s purpose is to get immediate assistance to Chatham County artists and arts-workers struggling with the economic impacts of the pandemic. We seek to help with basic financial needs for artists and arts-workers (people who earn income in the arts by making arts projects possible, including exhibition managers, artist managers, stage managers, arts nonprofit administrators, sound technicians, etc.) who are dealing with widespread cancellations of projects, concerts, plays, events, and art shows – the outlets that musicians, actors, dancers, painters, sculptors, and teaching artists rely on to pay their bills.
Applications to the CAARE fund will be available to Chatham artists through this website on April 3 at 5 pm. Disbursements will begin April 9. In the meantime, our goal is to begin collecting donations so that we can get money into the hands of local artists in need as soon as possible.
Please join in CAARE’s efforts by adding your contribution to this sustaining fund. Click here to donate. Every single dollar helps.
There is a person behind all the art in Chatham County – from our murals to our music. Now is the time to show your support. Now is the time to stick together as a community. Now is the time to give.