(HUDSON, N.Y., May 27, 2020) – Six creative workers will share a total of $3,000 in stipends in a third round of funding from the Hudson Arts Emergency Program, a community-funded, WPA-style project run by the Hudson Development Corporation, supporting individual artists for projects that speak to life in Hudson during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.
This third round of funding brings the grand total of artists to date receiving aid to 26, sharing a total of $13,000.
“The proposals we are receiving for funding are generally stellar, making for a competitive process,” says Seth Rogovoy, who leads the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) Emergency Cultural Task Force, from which this program emerged. “We look forward to replenishing the Hudson Arts Emergency Fund so we can give out more stipends to the many worthy projects.”
Projects receiving funding include painting, photography, musical compositions, performance, mixed-media, installations, and video.
Individuals receiving $500 stipends include:
- Tony Kieraldo, music and video
- Claire Pohl, painting
- Maeve McCool, drawing
- Bryan Zimmerman, portraits
- Filiz Soyak, mixed media
- Tim Pugh, photography
More awards will be issued pending additional contributions to the Hudson Arts Emergency Fund.
A project developed by the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) Emergency Cultural Task Force, the Hudson Arts Emergency Program seeks to create a means to assist creative workers in Hudson by supporting projects that would benefit both them and the greater community via meaningful work during this time when their earning potential has been greatly impacted if not totally eliminated. Creative artists are often ineligible for government aid programs that are based on job losses rather than loss of income and opportunity.
Funding for the project relies on donations from individual and organizational sponsors. Stipends are awarded in multiples of $500, depending upon the scope of the projects and the availability of funds.
Contributions to the artist emergency fund can be made via PayPal at reimaginehudson.com or by sending a check made out to Hudson Development Corp. with Arts Fund in the memo line, mailed to:
Hudson Development Corporation
Attn: Hudson Arts Emergency Program
1 North Front St.
Hudson NY 12534
The program is administered through the HDC, which is a 501C3 and therefore equipped to collect tax-deductible contributions and to distribute funds for such a program. All funds raised will go directly to individual artists, with a very small amount set aside for administrative costs.
With input from the public and the HDC, the program was created by the Emergency Cultural Task Force, led by Seth Rogovoy, working in tandem with Linda Mussmann of TSL, Jonah Bokaer of Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, and HDC executive director Branda Maholtz.