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Art organizations are getting some financial relief from a Tulsa City grant

Posted at 4:50 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 08:35:34-04

TULSA, Okla. — Many art organizations like museums, gallery's, theaters and more have been impacted by the coronavirus, and now the City of Tulsa has launched a grant program to help them stay open.

One of the art organizations applying for some financial relief is the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

2 Works for You is told they have lost 31 to 38 percent of financial revenue since closing their doors over a month ago.

With no live performances, events, or classes going on at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Jeremy Stevens tells 2 Works for You, COVID-19 has severely impacted the funds they would normally have available to maintain the shows many come to see.

Stevens says he is grateful that the city is providing some relief for them to fill the gap, and catch up on expenses.

He also says that opportunities like these don't come by often, and he'll be glad when their community can gather again.

“Knowing that the artists and educators are not being able to be in the building, and perform, and teach, that very emotional for us. It weighs on our shoulders in every decision that we make,” Stevens said.

Stevens says they plan on spending the money on coronavirus relief supplies like hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, masks, and other resources to keep the community safe.

He also says they plan to use the money on programs like the classes and performances offered that keep the Tulsa Performing Arts Center open.

Steven urged that any art organization struggling, or that is a 501C3 to apply for these grant awards that can be used on rent or other financial needs.

The City of Tulsa plans to give away 300,000 dollars.

It's a part of a grant approved from 2016 for art organizations that were supposed to launch in March, but were delayed because of COVID-19.

If you're struggling and need help, the link to apply for this grant is here.

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