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Arts Alliance Illinois has partnered with Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to launch Arts for Illinois  to provide artists and arts organizations with support during the COVID-19 crisis. It is a collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and members of the philanthropic community that recognizes the importance of the creative sector and works to bolster this vital part of our communities.

The website will provide support and resources as well as serve as a social network where artists can share their work with the public at home.

From AAI Executive Director Claire Rice: Through the newly launched Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, individual artists and artisans – including stage and production members and part-time cultural workers – experiencing an urgent need are able to apply for one-time grants of $1,500 distributed by 3Arts. Grants will be awarded through a lottery system and will be disseminated quickly. Additionally, nonprofit arts and cultural organizations of any size will be able to apply for relief through the Arts Work Fund. Based on their demonstrated financial need, organizations will be awarded grants from $6,000 – $30,000. More information about application guidelines and eligibility can be found online.

Visit for more information and spread the word using the hashtag #ArtsForIllinois.