Published August 14, 2020
Virginia Commission for the Arts

Virginia (statewide)—More than 300 Virginia-based nonprofits struggling to cope with COVID-19 related revenue shortfalls recently received $3,472,176 in federal funds to protect arts and cultural sector jobs, make lessons and exhibits available online, and cover operating expenses according to a joint statement issued by Virginia Humanities and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

The funds are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by Congress in March and were distributed to organizations across the state by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Virginia Humanities, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The awards are as follows:

“Virginia’s artistic communities and cultural centers have not been spared from the disruption of the ongoing pandemic,” said Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. “The CARES Act provides a lifeline so that the museums, historic sites, and other organizations receiving these grants can continue to enrich the lives of Virginians and visitors.”

Matthew Gibson, Virginia Humanities’ executive director, says arts and cultural agencies have a unique role to play right now. “Not only do the humanities provide context for the important discussions we’re having about our history, they can also be a source of joy in this difficult time as we seek out stories of resilience and hope.”

As a former arts organization leader, Virginia Commission for the Arts’ executive director, Janet Starke, understands the inherent need for operating support at this critical time. “These funds help keep arts and cultural institutions in operation, though many in a diminished capacity. These institutions have demonstrated, once again, how they are cornerstones in their communities in these difficult times. We are grateful to be able to help, but know they will need still more support in the time ahead.”

To learn more, visit www.VirginiaHumanities.org and www.Arts.Virginia.gov.

About Virginia Humanities
Virginia Humanities is the state humanities council. We aim to tell the stories of all Virginians—or, better yet, find ways for people to tell their own stories. We want to connect Virginians with their history and culture and, in doing that, help bring us all a bit closer together. Virginia Humanities is headquartered in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia, but our work covers the Commonwealth. Founded in 1974, we are one of fifty-six organizations created by the National Endowment for the Humanities to make the humanities available to all Americans. To learn more visit VirginiaHumanities.org.

About Virginia Commission for the Arts
The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Commission, which was created in 1968, is guided by 13 Commissioners appointed to five-year terms by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. To ensure statewide representation, at least one Commissioner — and no more than two — is appointed from each Congressional district. A full-time staff of five implements programs and policies. The Commission is assisted by a statewide network of advisory (grants) panelists.

Virginia Commission for the Arts supports artistic excellence and encourages growth in artistic quality for the benefit of all Virginians.

Our work brings people together and honors our shared humanity.