The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County recently launched its Palm Beach County Artist Relief Fund to help local creative professionals (artists) who have lost work due to COVID-19.

Palm Beach County is home to an extraordinary cultural community composed of top-notch organizations and exceptional creative professionals. As the COVID-19 health crisis sweeps the nation, the financial impact on this community is profound. This situation prompted the Cultural Council to launch the Artist Relief Fund last month.

With a goal of $10,000, the crowd-sourced Facebook Fundraiser allows the Council to directly award small grants of $250 to individual creative professionals living in Palm Beach County whose creative practices and incomes are adversely impacted by COVID-19.

“Creative professionals are important to our community,” said Dave Lawrence, the Cultural Council’s president & CEO. “We value their enormous contributions to Palm Beach County. Now more than ever, we need inspiration and creativity. Support for creative professionals is essential to a stronger and more vibrant community.”

To date, the Cultural Council has awarded grants to the following individuals, and this page will be updated as more grants are awarded.

  • Yanis Abreu-Gonzalez, dancer
  • Galina Alvarez, dancer
  • Anthony Burks Sr., visual artist
  • Amanda Davis, dancer 
  • Elizabeth Dimon, actor
  • Carlos Galindez, dancer
  • Patti Gardner, actor
  • Mik Groninger, musician
  • Ray Gross, sculptor
  • Oliver Hanfmann, musician
  • Jason Hanley, musician
  • Rodney Hansen, musician
  • Sharon Koskoff, visual artist/teacher
  • Gabriele Kraus, visual artist
  • Paul Lampert, actor
  • Joshua Lubben, musician
  • Deborah Marquez, dancer
  • Melissa Mastrangelo, visual artist
  • James McCreavy, musician
  • Craig McInnis, visual artist
  • Lindsey Mills, musician
  • Kevin Oliveira, musician
  • Agata Ren, visual artist
  • Kaitlin Richardson, musician
  • Arturo Romay, musician
  • Anthony Silver, musician
  • Shani Simpson, visual artist
  • Trina Slade-Burks, visual artist
  • Michael Tirsch, musician

For more information about the Palm Beach County Artist Relief Fund, visit the Cultural Council’s Facebook Fundraiser.