Artist Relief Trust

UPDATE, 12.20.20:  Thanks to our donors and a generous matching gift from the Kentucky Foundation for Women , a FINAL ROUND of $500 micro-grants for artists in need will be awarded for 2020. Applications will be open from Sunday, 12.20.20 to Sunday, 12.27.20, with awards announced and payment process beginning the first week of January. It's not too late chip in!  We currently have funding for 48 awards to be distributed ($24,000), but we will add any donations received by December 31st to the available funds.

And don't forget that for 2020 only the IRS is allowing ANYONE, even those who don't itemize, to claim up to $300 in charitable contributions on your taxes. If you donate, you'll get that money right back come text time!




Elevator Artist Resource is facilitating the Artist Relief Trust (ART) , a coalition-led initiative working to provide emergency assistance to artists in need who have lost work due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 related closures & cancellations.

ART is awarding $500 microgrants to artists of all disciplines from the Greater Louisville Area and across the state of Kentucky. Awards are prioritized based on artists' immediate needs for basic necessities to survive during this challenging time - like housing, food, and health care. Applications  are reviewed on a weekly basis as long as funding is available to be allocated. 

Seed money for the Trust was provided by The Great Meadows Foundation ($50,000), Kentucky Foundation for Women ($10,000), Aldy & Gretchen Milliken ($10,000), and Julien Robson ($5,000). We are incredibly grateful for their leadership & generosity! And BIG THANKS those who have supported the GoFundMe campaign so far, including $500 from Jonathan Lowe, $250 each from Caroline Waite and Jed & Vian Hayden, and $200 from Rachel Grimes, and many others. We are so humbled and inspired by the generosity & compassion shown by these donations - especially heartening to see how many artists are reaching out to help other artists right now.  

The first round of ART funding goes out on Monday, April 13 - to date we have applications from more than 400 artists. Please consider a donation to help raise more so we can meet this growing need!!

If you are considering a large donation and would like more information about the Trust and how to be involved, please contact Elevator founder/board chair, Alison Huff .

If you love Louisville, you love Kentucky, you love ART... and you have the resources to do so, please pitch in to this relief fund. Every bit helps. 100% of your donation will help support individual artists. And donations are tax deductible - Elevator will provide you a donation letter with tax receipt info.

Please help us help artists now. We'll get through this together! And then we can all get back to making great art...  

Take care! -Alison


Elevator Artist Resource  is a nonprofit organization that launched in November 2018 as a hub for our community's creators to access resources, professional development, and promotional tools to elevate their economic growth and community engagement. By helping individual artists have a collective voice to advocate for their interests and helping to remove barriers to access, Elevator empowers our creative community to find sustainability in their practice and in their careers - in any discipline.

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