In March 2020, Imagine MKE launched the MKE Artist Relief Fund to help Milwaukee’s artists and creatives displaced from jobs, gigs, and exhibitions due to the public health response to COVID-19. We supported 423 individuals with $500 grants that provided immediate, much-needed support before federal assistance programs were implemented. Read more here.

Due to the success of that program, Imagine MKE recently received a $40,000 grant from an anonymous donor as part of the Upper Midwest Emergency Relief Fund coalition, in partnership with Arts South Dakota, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, CultureSource, Racing Magpie, Springboard for the Arts, and The Arts Partnership.

We are leveraging this opportunity to open a Holiday Artist Relief Fund and distribute $500 grants to artists who continue to be unable to safely return to earning money from their practice. Thanks to significant additional support from Bader Philanthropies and the Black Box Fund, we are well on our way to our ultimate $100,000 goal.