The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County has raised more than $45,000 to date through its crowd-sourced Palm Beach County Artist Relief Fund to help local creative professionals who have lost critical income due to COVID-19. 

Launched in March with a goal of $10,000, the Facebook Fundraiser allows the Council to directly award small grants of $250 to individual creative professionals (including visual artists, actors, musicians, dancers and others) living in Palm Beach County. The Facebook Fundraiser ended on June 21, but donations can still be made to the fund via the Cultural Council’s website.

Thanks to community members and the support of the Great Charity Challenge and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the Council has awarded grants to 79 individuals to date, and will continue to award more grants as long as funds are available.

“Palm Beach County is home to an extraordinary cultural community composed of top-notch organizations and exceptional creative professionals, and we value their enormous contributions,” said Dave Lawrence, the Council’s president & CEO. “As the COVID-19 health crisis sweeps the nation, the financial impact on this community is profound. This prompted the Council to launch the Artist Relief Fund. Now more than ever, support for creative professionals is essential to a stronger and more vibrant community.”

“Receiving this grant is really impactful for me,” said Shani Simpson, a multidisciplinary artist based in Lake Worth. “Over the years I’ve applied for other grants, and this is the very first grant I’ve received. I want to thank the Cultural Council for seeing [an issue] that was global and for taking time to act local.” 

The Council opened grant applications in early April. Applications were reviewed and approved by Cultural Council board and staff members, with a goal to fund as many creative professionals as possible. As of July 13, 2020, the Council has awarded grants to the following individuals:

  • Yanis Abreu-Gonzalez, dancer
  • Isabella Addison, visual artist
  • Sheri Alimonda, visual artist
  • Galina Alvarez, dancer
  • Nery Arevalo, musician
  • Nune Asatryan, visual artist
  • Molly Aubry, visual artist
  • Michael Bacon, photographer
  • Michael Begleiter, musician
  • Rajesh Bhandari, musician
  • Roumen Boudev, visual artist
  • Caron Bowman, visual artist
  • Steve Brouse, visual artist/teacher
  • Anthony Burks Sr., visual artist
  • Joseph Calderaio, musician
  • Lauren Carey, dancer
  • Jean Carlo Ramirez, videographer
  • Gustavo Correa, musician
  • LizKat Custom, visual artist
  • Amanda Davis, dancer
  • Frank Derrick, musician 
  • Elizabeth Dimon, actor
  • Gregory Dirr, visual artist
  • Drew Dockerill, musician
  • Andrea Ellison, actor 
  • Adonis Frangiskakis, musician
  • Carlos Galindez, dancer
  • Nicole Galluccio, visual artist
  • Harley Galeano, musician
  • Patti Gardner, actor
  • Ron Garret, visual artist
  • Jerry Ginsberg, visual artist/teacher
  • Carla Golembe, visual artist
  • Mik Groninger, musician
  • Ray Gross, sculptor
  • Oliver Hanfmann, musician
  • Jason Hanley, musician
  • Rodney Hansen, musician
  • Emma Harris, actor
  • Ben Heller, visual artist
  • Sharon Koskoff, visual artist/teacher
  • Gabriele Kraus, visual artist
  • Paul Lampert, actor
  • Miles Laventhall, visual artist/teacher
  • Jesse Lee, visual artist
  • Barbara Lentz, visual artist
  • Peggie “Batia” Lowenberg, visual artist
  • Joshua Lubben, musician
  • Deborah Marquez, dancer
  • Melissa Mastrangelo, visual artist
  • Sammi McLean, visual artist
  • James McCreavy, musician
  • Craig McInnis, visual artist
  • Michelle A. M. Miller, visual artist
  • Lindsey Mills, musician
  • Stojo Miserlioski, musician
  • Anna Nunes, dancer
  • Kevin Oliveira, musician
  • Margaret Jahn, visual artist
  • Kianga Jinaki Parker, visual artist
  • Jose Perez, musician
  • Sean Radford, musician
  • Agata Ren, visual artist
  • Kaitlin Richardson, musician
  • Arturo Romay, musician
  • Jessica dos Santos, dancer
  • Maxine Schreiber, visual artist
  • Pamela Shapiro, visual artist
  • Anthony Silver, musician
  • Shani Simpson, visual artist
  • Brett Staska, musician
  • Martha Streinesberger, visual artist 
  • Trina Slade-Burks, visual artist
  • Michael Tirsch, musician
  • Shakeera Thomas, visual artist
  • Alexis Thompson, musician
  • Haydee Ullfig, visual artist/teacher
  • David Welch, musician

Grant applications remain open for creative professionals at palmbeachculture.com/artist-relief-fund. For more information about the Palm Beach County Artist Relief Fund, visit the Cultural Council’s Facebook Fundraiser.