Arts Fund established to support area artists

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An Arts Fund was established to support artists and nonprofit organizations through the pandemic. Visit for grant application guidelines.

The ongoing COVID-19 shutdown is leaving arts organizations unable to produce live events. Rochester area artists are scrambling to survive through governmental assistance, and reliance on a network of family, friends and colleagues for support.

Because of this, an Arts Fund was created to deal with the unique needs of artists and arts organizations during this shutdown. The purpose is to assist artists and nonprofit organizations through the pandemic by alleviating past debt or current debts, and other expenses caused by the inability to work.

Grant application guidelines can be found at, the fund’s fiscal sponsor. Everyone is encouraged to visit the site to donate, if able. Other opportunities to donate will be available through social media outlets. There will be no in-person fundraising until the shutdown is ended and it is safe for the community to gather.

Grants will be awarded based on the availability of funds and approval by a grantmaking committee made up of area artists.

“We will be forever changed by this pandemic,” said J.R. Teeter, artistic director of Bread & Water Theatre. “If we do not support the arts when they are in such great need, we will lose what makes this community a rich and wonderful place to be. Even if everything with the reopening goes smoothly, it could still be months before new theater productions are launched and the community feels safe to attend them.”

Call (585) 538-9684 for information.

Arts organizations and artists needing financial assistance are encouraged to apply to the Arts Fund sponsored by Bread & Water Theatre.