District 5 Council Member Encourages Artists and Arts Organizations to Apply for American Rescue Plan Act Funding – City of San Antonio

CONTACT: Amador Salazar

SAN ANTONIO (June 2, 2022) – Today, the City Council approved COVID-19 Recovery and Relief Support for the Arts in San Antonio through funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The ARPA 4 Arts program will award $5 million to nonprofit arts organizations and artists who have experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic.

“I am grateful to my Council colleagues and the Department of Arts and Culture for moving this forward, as many of our local artists and arts organizations in District 5 have expressed an urgent need for these recovery dollars.” The Council Member continued, “Now is the time for our artists and arts organizations to apply for funds, so they can continue their work that makes San Antonio a beautiful and unique cultural center.”

“As President of CAUSA, Culture and Arts United for San Antonio and President of Say Sí, we are grateful to Councilman Castillo and the Community Health Environment and Culture Committee for moving funds forward. from ARPA for Arts and Culture,” said Jon Hinojosa, “We all recognize that the arts are an important economic driver, and this support brings us closer to recovery.”

The pandemic has devastated individual artists, organizations and businesses that regularly hosted arts programming. The impact on the creative industry led to an overall decline of 16% in 2020, leading to a slower recovery. In early May, the Community Health, Environment and Culture Committee quickly passed it on to the full council due to the urgency of the funding need. A call for applications for the ARPA 4 Arts Fellowship Program will open at the end of June.

James C. Tibbs