On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Flagstaff Arts Council announced 22 Flagstaff nonprofits that were awarded a total of $68,350 through the COVID-19 Art & Science Nonprofit Relief Fund. The fund was initially established on March 18, 2020, shortly after the pandemic took hold.
15 grantees received awards in an earlier round, announced April 30, 2020. Each first-round recipient received additional funding in the 2nd round. This round, seven additional organizations received awards. New grants range from $750 to $7,500 each. Total combined awards for both rounds range from $1,000 to $7,500 each.
Total COVID-19 Art & Science Nonprofit Relief Funds Awarded to Date:
Alpine Community Theater, $1,100
Arizona Historical Society, $4,000
Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff, $4,000
Ballet Folklórico de Colores, $3,000
Canyon Movement Company, $3,000
Capoeira Amizade Flagstaff, 1,000
Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition, $1,000
Flagstaff Festival of Science, $3,250
Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music, $3,500
Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, $5,000
Flagstaff Symphony Association, $7,500
Flagstaff Foundry, $1,000
Human Nature Dance Theatre and Studio, $3,000
Lowell Observatory, $7,500
Master Chorale of Flagstaff, $1,500
Museum of Northern Arizona, $7,500
Northern Arizona Pride Association, $3,000
Orchestra Northern Arizona, $1,000
The Arboretum at Flagstaff, $7,000
Tynkertopia, Inc., $4,500
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, $7,500
Grant awards were recommended by the Art & Science Fund Committee and approved by the Flagstaff Arts Council Board of Directors at its June 2020 meeting. Approximately $20,000 remains in the fund. The Board of Directors will evaluate how best to allocate the remaining funds at its July 2020 meeting.
The Relief Fund is made possible by the City of Flagstaff reprioritizing $87,000 from the BBB Art & Science Fund, a $5,000 challenge grant from Flagstaff Rotary Club, $5,400 in donations from 70 community members, and money reprioritized from other Arts Council programs.
“We are very fortunate to offer a relief program of this size to our creative nonprofit community,” says Flagstaff Arts Council Executive Director Jonathan Stone. “These awards are an important part of the local, state, and national stimulus efforts that will ensure that these nonprofits have a chance at adapting and surviving the pandemic.”
Flagstaff Arts Council a volunteer-driven nonprofit and is the official art, science, and culture agency of Flagstaff. Its mission is to foster creative opportunity. It is leading community-wide efforts to build resilience, outreach, engagement, and a sense of identity for Flagstaff’s creative sectors. It is most known for operation of Coconino Center for the Arts, the Viola Awards, First Friday ArtWalk, and the Art & Science Fund grant program which awards nearly $400,000 annually to local nonprofits. In response to the pandemic, it introduced a $100,000 nonprofit relief fund and is evaluating new or expanded programs to help the sectors adapt.