Announcing the 2023 Endurance Grants!
Announcing the 2023 Artist Trust Endurance Grants!
We are proud to announce that a total of $100,000 will be directly invested in 40 Washington State artists through the second year of the Artist Trust Endurance Grants. Designed to meet Washington State artists’ emergency needs, the Endurance Grants are the organization’s first emergency need-based grants beyond COVID-19 relief in many years.
“Receiving the Endurance Grant came as a tremendous relief at just the right time, and has allowed me to cover some much needed out of pocket medical expenses in order to receive treatment and try to re-enter the workforce. On top of the practical need, I feel that receiving this grant has helped me on an emotional level with the awareness that there is help available and there are resources when unforeseen circumstances arise. This has made a huge difference in my ability to cope with the challenging circumstances I’ve been faced with this year.” -2023 Endurance Grant recipient
The Artist Trust Endurance Grants are unrestricted emergency need-based grants of $2,500 to artists working in all disciplines across Washington State to assist with an unforeseen emergency, crisis, or catastrophic event. Funding prioritizes artists who identify with one or more of the following communities: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or Native, LGBTQIA+, immunocompromised, with immigrant status, have or are living with a disability, residing outside King County, and/or are low income. The Artist Trust Endurance Grants are made possible with support from Artist Trust’s donor community and CERF+, with funding from the Mellon Foundation. Artist Trust is also excited to welcome the Lorna Jordan Foundation as a new funding partner in 2023.
“It is clear that there is an ongoing need for this support for artists across the state. We are proud to continue funding artists beyond our merit-based awards and hope this work allows Washington State artists to continue their practices after a financial emergency.” -Lydia Boss, Artist Trust Program Co-Director
This year’s grant cycle saw funding reaching 9 different counties across the state. 45% of recipients received funding for medical bills; 35% for rent, mortgage, or foreclosure; 15% for utility payments; and 5% for food insecurity. 93% of recipients identity with two or more of the following impacted communities: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or Native, LGBTQIA+, immunocompromised, with immigrant status, have or are living with a disability, residing outside King County, and/or are low income.
“So grateful for the timely blessing of the Artist Trust grant as a single artist with kiddos! The creative life is often unpredictable and community based, so we need trusted partners and supporters, like Artist Trust, to allow our gifts and purpose to be nurtured, shared, and have a greater impact.” -Che Sehyun, 2023 Endurance Grant recipient
2023 Endurance Grants Panelists
Will Darling, King County
Olivia Evans, Spokane County
Charlie Jack, Yakima County
All applications were reviewed for eligibility by Artist Trust staff and by a multidisciplinary panel of three artists from across Washington State. Panelists did not review applications for need or merit. All eligible applicants were put into a pool and selected by a randomized system created by Artist Trust.
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