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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 08 July 2020

The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are pleased to announce an Artist Fund to provide immediate emergency assistance to visual, cinematic, and new media artists during the coronavirus pandemic and to support and sustain their creative work through the long-term recovery.

The Fund will distribute $100,000 to artists living in Oregon or Clark County, Washington, this summer. Phase one will provide 25 unrestricted, Re:Fresh Relief Grants of $2,000 to artists whose livelihoods have been severely affected during the pandemic. Applications will open July 7, with July 28 as the deadline to apply.

In a second phase, the Fund will provide 10 artists with Re:Imagine Sustainability Grants of $5,000 as they reimagine their practices and prepare for a post-COVID future. The application period opens July 7 and closes August 11.

Grant recipients will be selected by members of PAM and NWFC staff and a panel of arts workers and community partners that is diverse and reflective of our region’s communities. More information and application forms are available on the PAM website

In a third phase, Re:Imagining Our Work, PAM and NWFC will advance its commitment to artists who are less represented in the collection and in programs, specifically Black artists, film and mediamakers, and women. This phase will focus on creation of a new visiting artists program and further inclusion of artists’ voices through talks, podcasts, social media takeovers and other programming.

Funding for the Re:Imagine Artist Fund is made possible by the Museum’s Art Gym endowment, established with support from the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, and from Tim and Mary Boyle. If you are interested in supporting PAM/NWFC to continue this work, please contact Director of Development Karie Burch, karie.burch@pam.org, 503-276-4240.

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