The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod has helped address the creative economy’s critical need for emergency funding by awarding $51,500 in grants to 16 cultural organizations across the region.

The funding will help recipients address their immediate needs to continue to remain a part of the Cape’s cultural landscape according to the foundation’s executive director, Julie Wake. “Local museums, theaters, and cultural institutions have been devastated by the pandemic. Some have halted all creative programming, laying off and furloughing staff during these difficult times. Others have significantly curtailed their hours of operation and shifted classes and performances online,” she said.

Recipients for this round of grant funding are the Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network/Cotuit Center for the Arts, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Jr. Theatre, Cape Symphony, College Light Opera Company, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Payomet Performing Arts Center, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown Film Society, Provincetown Theater Foundation, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Wellfleet Preservation Hall and Woods Hole Film Festival.

Two of the 16 grants—the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network—were funded through Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Access, a program that connects economically disadvantaged area youth to cultural enrichment activities in Barnstable County.

The remaining 14 were funded through the Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund, which the foundation launched in April to assist artists and cultural organizations that have been impacted by the pandemic. Since that time it has raised nearly $90,000 through a mixture of individual donations, fundraising events and a grant from the Barnstable County Economic Development Council License Plate Grant Program through the Cape Cod Commission.

To date, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod has distributed roughly $82,000 in grants to artists and cultural organizations this year. The figure far surpasses the $53,000 in grants the foundation distributed last year. This marks the fifth consecutive straight year the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod has been able to increase the total amount funded through its grant giving and strengthen its investment in the region’s creative economy.

Businesses and individuals interested in helping the foundation address this need should contact director of development Amy Tuttle at atuttle@artsfoundation.org or at 508-362-0066, extension 112.

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