While our MKE Artist Relief Fund has closed, we will be building tools and compiling resources to ensure that independent artists and freelance creatives have the support they need. 

Our podcast will be inviting experts to join us to discuss issues that are important to artists' ability to work and thrive, especially during the pandemic. Have a suggestion of a topic that would be useful to you? Reach out at pod [at] imaginemke.org.

This list will continue to expand. And, certainly if you know of resources that need to be on our radar and support artists, send them to Kennita Hickman at khickman [at] imaginemke.org.

Job Opportunities
CarvdNStone digital magazine is looking for black women writers to join their freelance staff. Must have a journalism background and be at least 18 years old. All published work will be compensated. To learn more or submit samples of your work please email Nyesha Stone at cns@carvdnstone.com.

Graphic designers: Copywrite Magazine, a magazine that stands for all things Urban is looking for a paid graphic designer. This call will remain open until filled. For more information, please see Copywrite magazine details here.

Call for visual artists: The annual Milwaukee Riverkeeper Boat Parade is a celebration of the rivers and waterways that run through the city of Milwaukee! The art installation floats are a unique and special feature to the parade with the goal of creating something similar to the ever-popular Bosch Parade in Holland. The art installation section of the parade gives artists a large canvas and performance space to bring ideas about water to the people of Milwaukee. Artists can apply to receive a stipend of $1,000 to create the art installations. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on July 10, 2020. Apply here.

Unemployment Benefits

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is now available to those who have been self employed, including certain independent contractors and those otherwise not eligible to apply for traditional unemployment.

Everyone deserves access to nutritious food. Here’s a list of resources to support your short term needs and long term needs.

  • FoodShare – Federal program to help individuals experiencing a food emergency. Foodshare is now available to folks who have been self employed, certain independent contractors, and those otherwise not eligible due to lack of traditional employment. You can check your eligibility here.
  • Tandem – Chef Caitlyn Cullen is giving away free meals Monday through Friday from 11a to 4pm (or until supplies run out). Daily menu posted on Tandem’s Facebook page and often includes at least one vegan option.
  • Hunger Taskforce has created a comprehensive map to show trusted, open food pantry sites throughout Milwaukee County. You can search via zipcode to see what’s available in your neighborhood.


  • Need health insurance? Not sure if Medicare, COBRA, BadgerCare or Healthcare Marketplace is for you? Covering Wisconsin connects you with a healthcare navigator to connect you to healthcare for you and your family. 
  • Here are recommended community health centers that support most insurance providers AND offer a sliding pay scale. Sliding pay scales allow uninsured and under-insured individuals to receive services at a reduced rate. Services include (but aren’t limited to) dental, mental health support, and primary care support. Outreach Community Health Center, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Progressive Community Health Centers 

Energy Assistance

  • Energy Assistance is available for those who need help covering electricity/ heat bills. It is income based. This link allows you to see if you qualify and make a phone appointment to apply for benefits. 

Milwaukee-based Artist Relief Funds

  • Milwaukee Ballet
  • MIAD 
  • MARN
  • Wisconsin Performing Artist Assistance (WPAA): The goal of the organization is to pair artists in need with sponsors who want to help support them financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists create a wishlist of items they need, which is sent to a sponsor who purchases items for them. All information is kept confidential and no financial information changes hands.

Milwaukee-based Business Resources
Resource for small Black Businesses: Grants up to $2000 are available for small black business owners via African American Chamber of Commerce. Applications go live on June 8th. Click here to learn about applicant requirements.

National Resources
Here's a link to a national artist relief fund that's distributing $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Please click the link to learn more about how to apply.