Creative Youth Development programs serve some of the most vulnerable youth in Massachusetts. Often these are young people for whom home and school have not been places of support but, instead, the source of trauma in their lives. During the current pandemic, however, many of these youth are sheltered, or trapped, in place in these homes.
COVID-19 has devastated the arts and cultural sector. No more gigs. No more plays. No more gallery showings. Still, as they usually do, artists are finding ways to make and share their art with the world.
LCCs approved grants this year for nearly 7,000 community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Then COVID-19 hit.
$475K from the National Endowment for the Art's CARES Act allocation will be awarded to 74 CYD programs statewide.
We've awarded $1,000 grants to 272 individual artists and individual teaching artists, humanists, and scientists whose creative practices and incomes have been impacted by COVID-19.
During this challenging time, Cultural District managers are looking to not only provide technical services to individual artists, cultural organizations, and small businesses. They are also coordinating local efforts to continue providing cultural experiences to their communities.