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- Take the Americans for the Arts Impact Survey
- View specific impact to Nevada arts organizations and Nevada artists who have taken the survey. Please allow the page to fully load and then use the drop down button to select Nevada.
Office Status – Closed Until Further Notice
Due to the severity of COVID-19 escalating in Nevada, agencies within the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, including the Nevada Arts Council, will remain closed until further notice. We will be reviewing and responding to questions during this time; however, our responses may be limited or delayed. We appreciate your patience.
Even with our office closings, please know that we are still here working to support our arts community during these challenging times. Please bookmark this page as we will be providing updates here as information changes.
We encourage you to stay up to date to help your organization prepare for a potential impact from COVID-19. Below are some resources:
- To assist you related to COVID-19 in Nevada, the state has created a new informational website.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is posting its latest updated information on an ongoing basis and recommends connecting to your state, territorial and local health agencies for location-specific guidance.
- ArtsReady and NCAPER (National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response) are regularly updating their sites with arts-specific resources and advice.
- The CDC recently issued guidance on how to Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease.
- COVID: Preparedness Resource compiled by the Art House Convergence is a list of resources useful for those operating independent theaters and venues.
- Americans for the Arts offers a Resource and Response Center as well as basic individual prevention measures to share with attendees, program participants and employees.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBC) Loan Information and Nevada District Office.
- Nevada Unemployment Information
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Nevada Arts Council CARES Act Grants
- WESTAF CARES Act Relief Funds
- Artist Relief
- Washoe County Artist Relief Fund
CARES Act – Federal Arts Funding Update
- This is a supplement to annual appropriations
- $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
- $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities
- Congress accepted waived matching grant requirements and to waive the requirement for grants to be project-specific. All these new fast-track grants will be for general operating support with no match.
- $75 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
- $50 million for the Institute of Library and Museum Sciences
- $25 million for the Kennedy Center
- $7.5 million for the Smithsonian
Community Development Block Grants, Small Business Administration, and Unemployment Insurance
- $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants to cities and counties. Arts groups should work directly with their mayors and local economic development offices for grant support.
- $350 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency loans of up to $10 million for small businesses—including nonprofits (with less than 500 employees), sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals (like individual artists)—to cover payroll costs, mortgage/rent costs, utilities, and other operations. These loans can be forgiven if used for those purposes. This new eligibility has been a key element of the CREATE Act we’ve been pursuing;
- $10 billion for Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for loans up to $10,000 for small businesses and nonprofits to be used for providing paid sick leave for employees, maintaining payroll, mortgage/rent payments, and other operating costs;
- Expanded Unemployment Insurance (UI) that includes coverage for furloughed workers, freelancers, and “gig economy” workers. The bill also increases UI payments by $600/week for four months, in addition to what one claims under a state unemployment program.
Charitable Giving Tax Deduction
- An “above-the-line” or universal charitable giving incentive for contributions made in 2020 of up to $300. This provision will now allow all non-itemizer taxpayers (close to 90% of all taxpayers) to deduct charitable contributions from their tax return, an incentive previously unavailable to them. Additionally, the stimulus legislation lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for itemizers from 60 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) to 100 percent of AGI for contributions made in 2020.
Nevada Arts Council Activities
The Nevada Arts Council is closely monitoring COVID-19 and its effect on the arts community and our constituents. We have already cancelled or postponed some of our activities and events and will being making more decisions in the coming days and weeks. Here is a list of Nevada Arts Council produced events or activities and their current status.
- Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Final
Virtual Competition Streamed Live – Tuesday May 26, 4:00 pm. Watch Live here
- Basin to Range Exchange
April 21-22 – Postponed. New Dates To Be Determined.
Nevada Touring Initiative
Home Means NevadaVirgin Valley Art Association
Mesquite, NV – Closed until further notice
Nevada Touring Initiative
Still Here NowHumbolt County Library,
Winnemucca, NV – Closed until further notice.
Nevada Arts Council Grants
We continue to hear from many of you with concerns regarding the potential impact of COVID-19 on your arts programs, events and cultural facilities. Please continue to process and submit your Final Reports by the requested deadline. For those of you with concerns about current or pending grants due to activities that are cancelled or postponed, please contact us via e-mail at email@example.com. We are working to find the best solutions for each of you at this time. We will notify all grantees If we make any changes to policies and we will navigate this process together.
We have also pushed back the submission due date and application opening date for some of our upcoming FY21 grants. Please review the list below for details. The agency is currently reviewing available funding for its Grants and Program Funding for FY21.
- Project Grant for Organizations: New Due Date: April 24, 2020
- Arts Learning Project Grant: New Due Date: May 1, 2020
- Project Grant for Artists (Cycle A): New Due Date: May 8, 2020
- Artist Fellowship Grant & Folk Arts Fellowship Grant:New Due Date: May 15, 2020
Noncompetitive Grants: Application open date TBD
- Folklife Community Grant
Supporting the work of folk artists & culture bearers in Nevada communities
- Folklife Artist Grant
Supporting the work of folk artists & culture bearers
- Professional Development Grant (Cycle A: July 1-December 31, 2020)
Promoting the continuing education of Nevada’s arts industry
- Arts Learning Express Grant (Cycle A: July 1-December 31, 2020)
Supporting short-term teaching artist residencies
More information on the grants listed above may be found here.
Thank you all for the work you are doing under these difficult circumstances. By working together and supporting each other, we will get through this very difficult and uncertain time.