Last month we launched our Collections Emergency Relief Fund, and today we are pleased to announce we Image from Black Metropolis Research Consortium Archivesexpended the full $200,000 fund, awarding grants to 32 small, regionally-focused museums, libraries, and other collecting organizations across the Chicago Region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Additional information, including a complete list of grantees, will be released shortly.

[Image from the archives of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium].

In the Lowcountry, Together SC is hosting a call with Representative Joe Cunningham for nonprofit, community and philanthropic leaders about the issues our state faces - Monday, May 18th at 12:30pm ET. 

Residents of the City of Chicago are encouraged to complete this survey gauging public sentiment regarding stay-at-home and reopening.

Check out this list of opportunities to see the work of our arts and collections grantees virtually!

Today is the last day to apply for the South Carolina Arts Commission’s arts emergency relief grants. The guidelines and application are here.

South Carolina Arts Alliance has compiled this list of tools and tips for sharing art online, like the Acapella app to make collaborative videos. If you have a tip or tool to share, shoot us an email and we’ll add to our resources page.


Current Chicago arts grantees are invited to register for two free workshops led by Financial Management Associates (FMA). 

The League of Chicago Theaters has a searchable list of all its member organizations' virtual shows, and is also selling these cool T-shirts to help fund the Chicago Theatres Workers Relief Fund.

Round two of the Arts for Illinois Fund is underway. The application portal is closed, but donations can still be made here. Round 1 awarded more than $3.3 million dollars to 906 artists and 166 arts organizations across the state. 


Land Trust Alliance is holding the first-ever virtual Rally: National Land Conservation Conference to be held October 6–8. The first announced speaker is Nina Simon, from the OF/BY/FOR ALL, a global nonprofit that creates tools to help organizations become more inclusive, relevant, and sustainable. Simon is the best-selling author of The Participatory Museum and The Art of Relevance

Audubon SC is producing videos and hosting webinars on Audubon South Carolina’s policy agenda, the best birding trips, and bird-friendly native plants; find them here on the Love of Birds webpage. Audubon National is hosting a weekly live show - I Saw A Bird. Tune in each Wednesday at 7:00PM ET as they welcome celebrities and special guests for a lively conversation about birds. [Image of Audubon SC Francis Beidler Forest from GDDF archives].
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