Individual artists and creatives from across the four counties can apply for a one-time, $100 Visa gift card through the newly established Creative Impact Capital Region Artist Fund, a multi-partnered effort to help offset the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
Partners involved in the fund, which was announced Thursday evening, include Albany Center Gallery, the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Youth FX and the Albany Barn -- which will offer applicants virtual space to sell their artworks on its website, . In addition, artists will be invited to participate in a livestream series offered by Collectiveeffort, another partner.
According to a press release, individual artists across all disciplines whose work has been affected by the pandemic are eligible to apply. Although the fund is currently open only to residents of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties, it may expand to other Capital Region counties depending on interest and funding. Proof of address will be requested.
“The fact that during these hard times a bunch of cool creatives were able to come together and make something uplifting and financially impactful for the local creative economy really speaks to how deeply rooted artists are in this community. We have each other’s backs because we know how essential art is to the voice of the region," said ACG executive director Tony Iadicicco in a statement.
Added Patrick Harris, president of the Collectiveeffort, in a statement: “The best thing about this project is that it’s reflective of who we are as a community — a bunch of folks who make an effort to care for one another. Often, people confuse love for just kind words and forget that it’s also hard work. This group is a reminder of that lesson. We are putting in the work it takes to really be there for people.”
Other partners in the Creative Impact effort include Acting with Aaron, D. Colin and Creative Action Unlimited, with support from Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and United Way of the Greater Capital Region.
Artists in need -- or those who know an artist in need -- can fill out a form at . Applications will be considered weekly by members of the application committee, with payments delivered a few days after approval. Artists are also invited to join the .
Donations for the fund are being raised at