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 Resources for Artists During COVID-19

Actos de Confianza: NALA Micro-Grant

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures NALAC has committed $25,000 to emergency relief efforts to Latinx artists and arts administrators. 

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The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Support for painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident.

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The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund

Support and temporary financial assistance to AGMA members who are in need.

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Artists' Charitable Fund

Assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical/dental/eye-care bills.

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Artist Relief Initiative

$5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

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Artists’ Fellowship Emergency Aid

Assistance for professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

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Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

An emergency fund to provide financial assistance for BIPOC artists and art administrators.

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Author's League Fund

A fund for professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

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COVID-19 CO Creative Relief Grant

One-time payment to non-profit arts organizations in Colorado with an annual operating budget of less than $1 million.

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Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ provides rapid relief and career recovery loans in addition to a COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines.

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Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Open to musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of Coronavirus.

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Foundation for Contemporary Artists

A temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.

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Haven Foundation Financial Assistance

Provides financial assistance up to $10,000 to artists who have a health crisis.

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Jazz Foundation of America Musician's Relief Fund

housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief, and direct financial support in times of crisis.

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The Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators

Support for curators who are developing projects that promote contemporary and experimental artwork.

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MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

Financial support and links to mental health resources for those whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. 

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Musician's Foundation Medical Aid

Grants for musicians in an acute need for medical and allied living expenses due to medical emergencies.

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National Endowment for the Arts Grants

Grants for organizations, individuals, and partnership agreements.

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Paycheck Protection Program

Part of the $2 trillion CARE Act, the Paycheck Protection Program which allocates $349 billion in forgivable loans to help small businesses, independent contractors and nonprofits meet payroll and rent needs. 

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Pen America's Writers' Emergency Fund

The Writers’ Emergency Fund assists fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists.

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The Photographer's Fund

A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19.

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Rocky Mountain Music Relief

Provides financial and in-kind support to those individuals, groups, and organizations within the music industry that have been impacted physically, financially, and/or emotionally due to the occurrence of natural disasters or unforeseen events.

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Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

One-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Offers Individual awards and residency grants.

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Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Funds specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

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Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

Open to queer writers of color only, not organizations or nonprofits, who are in need of financial assistance right now.

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U.S. Small Business Association Express Bridge Loans

Enables small businesses that already have a relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. The Express Bridge Loan Pilot program can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

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 Show Your Art

Arts Thornton is scheduling exhibitions on an on-going basis and looking for artists interested in showing their work. Art will be exhibited in one of our three, commission-free gallery spaces or shared with residents online. 

We are especially interested in projects that can be executed during this time of physical distancing.

Click on the link to submit a proposal along with examples of your work. Proposals are open to all Colorado artists/artist groups, regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. Click the images below or click here to submit a proposal. 


Please read the following guidelines. Incomplete applications are not accepted. Emailed applications are not accepted. Please use the online form.

  • Must be 18 or older to apply.
  • Open to artists in Colorado.
  • Collaborative, group and solo shows are welcome.
  • Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Artists are notified on a rolling basis.
  • Due to the expected amount of proposals, if you are not selected you will not be notified.
  • This is free for artists. There are no fees involved in the application or exhibition.
  • Artist(s) must give an artist talk or demo as part of the proposal.
  • Proposals should show unique and thoughtful consideration of themes, media and audience and space. Proposals that demonstrate an "outside the box" gallery exhibition will be given priority.
  • All media are welcome and encouraged. But, the works must not interfere with the classes that occur in the space.
  • Censorship and subject matter: Oz Gallery is a city of Thornton community space. Artwork should reflect careful consideration of community equity and respect.
  • The Oz Gallery is a commission-free venue.
  • Staff does not conduct sales on behalf of artists – all sales are between buyer and artist. All sales transactions must occur after the show comes down.
  • Artist(s) are responsible for any display hardware or furniture needed, if different than hardware provided.
  • If selected we will make every effort to accommodate first choice exhibition dates. But, you may be asked to use your second choice.
  • It is the artist(s) responsibility to install and un-install the show with the guidance of staff.
  • It is the artist(s) choice to host a reception. If the artist chooses to have a reception, they will work with staff on an acceptable date and time. It is the artist(s) responsibility to work with staff to plan the reception.

These are preliminary guidelines for the proposal. Selected artists will receive gallery and exhibition guidelines. Please contact Amy Smith, Arts & Culture Specialist with any questions at Amy.Smith@ThorntonCO.gov or 720-977-5887. 

Arts Thornton oversees three community gallery spaces that help promote local artists. All spaces are open to the public.

OZ Gallery

9209 Dorothy Blvd.

Thornton, CO 80229

Open, Tue - Fri, 1:30 - 5 p.m.


9471 Dorothy Blvd.

Thornton, CO 80229 

Open Mon-Fri, 9a.m. - 5p.m.


Economic Development Community Gallery Space 

9500 Civic Center Drive

Thornton, CO 80229

Open Mon-Fri, 9a.m. - 5p.m.



 Teaching Opportunities


Arts Thornton is looking to work with contracted instructors interested in teaching classes/workshops in all creative genres including, visual art, performance, theater, and music. 

Please click on the link below to complete a class proposal form and submit all requested materials. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  For additional information, please read our FAQs. 




Classes can be sheduled at any city facility. 

If you would like to register for classes, please visit

thorntonparks.com to enroll.