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Paper Circle receives Arts Midwest grant

Sixty-one Midwestern arts and culture organizations received new
COVID-19 relief grants in December from Arts Midwest through Phase 2
of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund.

The Resilience Fund’s goal is to invest in historically
under-resourced arts and culture organizations across the United
States as they work to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with
these priorities, thirty-two of the funded organizations are based in
rural areas, twenty-five are led by and serving people of color, and
five are led by and serving Native and Indigenous communities.

In total, over eight hundred Midwestern organizations have been
nominated by community members to receive money through the Resilience
Fund. All nominated organizations will have access to free capacity
building resources and webinars put on by Arts Midwest in the coming
months.

“As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the nation, smaller
arts and culture organizations are deeply hurting.” says Torrie Allen,
President and CEO of Arts Midwest. “We are grateful to the Mellon
Foundation and our anonymous funder for investing in the creative core
of the Midwest. We are hopeful that these funds will help
organizations across our region weather the storm so that they can
keep serving their communities for years to come.”

Paper Circle received a $10,000 grant from the Regional Arts
Resilience Fund. Paper Circle intends to use the funds to prepare the
existing studio for rental by artists needing studio space. In
preparation for this expansion of services, Paper Circle will use the
funds to purchase additional personal protective equipment, upgrade
technology to bolster scheduling capacity and security measures, and
implement workshops on how to use key equipment.

Paper Circle, located in Nelsonville, is a non-profit organization
dedicated to the creation of handmade paper and education through the
arts. Its website is www.papercircle.org.