The Creative Impact: Capital Region Artist Fund


Applicants to the fund will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card, the opportunity to sell their artwork on the Albany Barn’s website, and/or be a part of Collectiveffort’s TV live stream.


The Creative Impact: Capital Region Artist Fund is presented by Acting with Aaron, Albany Barn, Albany Center Gallery, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Collectiveffort, Creative Action Unlimited, D. Colin, Youth FX, with support by Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and United Way of the Greater Capital Region.

As we continue to navigate these uncertain times due to the detrimental impact of COVID-19, many artists across all disciplines have found themselves without work altogether or with a substantial part of their income gone. Demands for gigs, gallery work, performances, exhibitions, commissioned projects, workshops, and art sales have all rapidly declined over the past couple weeks and for the unforeseeable future. This fund was created to help alleviate some of the financial stress many are enduring. Payments to artists will be in the form of $100 Visa Gift Cards and will continue to be distributed to artists until funds have been depleted. At this time, there is a limit of one payment per artist to ensure fair opportunity for the magnitude of artists in the region. The more that is raised, the more that can be given to artists.

If you are wondering what you can do at this time, please give what you can to support artists in financial distress. 

Or text “CREATIVEIMPACT” to 91999 to get a link to our contribution page.

If you would like to contribute by check, please make payable to "United Way of the Greater Capital Region" Memo: "Creative Impact"

Creative Impact
C/O United Way of the Greater Capital Region 
P.O. Box 13865,
Albany, NY 12212


Application takes 3-5 minutes

An individual artist from the four counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady who is suffering financial losses due to canceled events and projects because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in all disciplines, is invited to apply. Funding and interest dependent, it may expand to include the other counties of the Capital Region as well, in the near future. Proof of address will be requested.

Artists who apply also have the opportunity to sell their art on Albany Barn’s website, and/or participate in Collectiveffort’s TV live stream series. 

The applications by artists will be reviewed weekly by members of the application committee (Kristen Holler of Albany Barn, Tony Iadicicco of Albany Center Gallery, Belinda Colón of Arts Center of the Capital Region, and Patrick Harris of Collectiveffort) with payments distributed a few days after approval.

We are currently fundraising for this fund and gift cards will start being disbursed by the last week of April 2020.

The Creative Impact Partners does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination. 

Creative Impact partners

Acting with Aaron 
Acting with Aaron is a performing arts company that was created in 2014. Its mission is to bring the performing arts to underserved communities in the Capital Region.
the Albany Barn
Albany Barn, Inc, is dedicated to developing the infrastructure and culture to support a thriving, inclusive, and socially responsible creative economy in the Capital Region of New York.
Albany Center Gallery
Albany Center Gallery is a non-profit art space dedicated to exhibiting skillful contemporary art of the Mohawk Hudson region and to building a strong, knowledgeable audience for the visual arts. 
the Arts Center of the Capital Region
With a mission to engage the community in the creative experience, through sharing, experiencing and creating art in all its forms, The Arts Center provides, facilitates and supports art of exceptional quality for people of all backgrounds and levels of experience.
Collectiveffort is a creative agency whose focus is in building and bridging communities to increase engagement and collaboration. They’re on a journey to build creative ecosystems around the country that catalyze the creative economy and create pathways for communities to empower themselves. 
Creative Action Unlimited guides creative change for individuals, organizations and communities.
D. Colin is a poet, performer, visual artist and educator living in Troy, NY.
Youth FX’s primary mission is to work with diverse groups of youth from communities that have been historically under-served and in need of opportunities to learn filmmaking and acquire skills in emerging media technologies.

Additional Support By

Community Foundation for THE GREATER CAPITAL REGION
The Community Foundation provides numerous services including high-impact, flexible giving opportunities for donors, major funding for nonprofits and scholarships for students, and leadership around key community issues.
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. 
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