Yesterday, Governor Hogan announced the closure of all non-essential businesses in an effort to flatten the curve of the spread of the Coronavirus. At the same time, he announced several new emergency funding opportunities, through loans and grants, for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
We encourage all of our grantee and partner organizations, and our Kent County small businesses to take advantage of these opportunities as they apply to your organization. Please find those links, via the Maryland State Arts Council, HERE.
While we understand the need to close our facilities, we also acknowledge that the arts are indeed essential. perhaps now more than ever. We hope that you will take part, in any way you can, in the numerous community led programs happening now to support not only local businesses and nonprofits, but also the most needy among us. We also encourage you to take some time out to experience and make art, whether that's online, outside, or at your own kitchen table. Many of our grantee organizations are sharing weekly or even daily projects to enjoy. We recently saw a social media post by an artist that said :
"Rather than saying I'm in 'lockdown', I'm choosing to say that I am currently an Artist in Residence!"
We are using Facebook and Instagram to share many of these opportunities, please follow us there.
While our buildings and venues may be closed, our minds and our hearts are not. It is from here that we, as artists, must draw our strength to continue to make art "More Intensely, More Beautifully, and More Devotedly than ever before" (Leonard Bernstein). While so much is not currently in our control, we will do all we can to support the arts and culture workers of Kent County through this difficult time.
If you have questions, please reach out to our Director, John Schratwieser at email@example.com.