MARTINSBURG — The Berkeley Arts Council recently received a grant of more than $6,600 through the American Rescue Plan: Operating Support for Arts Organizations program. The grant is intended to provide operating expenses, for a specified period, to organizations that have experienced lost revenue due to closures and cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This funding was provided through a program of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History in association with the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
“By covering operating expenses for part of the year, we can continue to provide artistic opportunities to the public,” said Anna Howard, president of the Berkeley Arts Council. “It is unusual for grants to be available for operating expenses. We are very grateful that this grant helps us meet our needs and we can continue to focus on providing artistic opportunities in the community.
According to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), “The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is designed to fuel the nation’s recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds allocated to the NEA in this legislation represent a significant commitment to the arts and a recognition of the value of the arts and culture sector to the economy and the nation’s recovery. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep doors open for arts organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.