$50,000 in grants to be given to ‘Keep Art Alive’ in the desert during COVID-19

With the desert’s art world seeing the cancellations of countless musical and theatrical performances, museum and gallery exhibitions, film screenings, and other events due to the coronavirus pandemic, California Desert Arts Council has announced its plan to “Keep Art Alive” by distributing up to $50,000 in grants to artists.

The fund, established by CDAC and affiliate La Quinta Arts Foundation, will award grants to artists of all disciplines and nonprofit arts organizations to create “thoughtful, inspiring, and relevant works responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We are commissioning Coachella Valley artists working in all media — visual, performing, and written and spoken word — to create new works that we will share with the community in unity and hope,” says Christi Salamone, president and CEO of the organizations. “We want to support creative individuals as well as organizations with a financial and promotional boost when they need it most.”

The Keep Art Alive program will award $500 grants to selected artists and $1,500 grants to selected nonprofit organizations with budgets up to $1 million. CDAC will publish and promote selected works and tell the stories of the artists and organizations through our outreach platforms.

Submissions are welcome in the following disciplines: Visual Art and Craft, Music and Sound Art, Dance, Written Word (poetry, short story), and Spoken Word. All works must be original and created for this initiative. Previously published or exhibited works are ineligible.

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