Hudson Arts Emergency Program Provides $500 Stipends to Four First-Round Artists

Following last week’s announcement regarding the creation of the Hudson Arts Emergency Program, Cultural Task Force lead Seth Rogovoy announced today that five local artists are receiving $500 each as part of the program’s first round of funding.

Cat Tyc, Spencer Bambrick, Sam Meyerson and Timothy McDowell are the first creative workers to receive funding in the form of $500 stipends from the Hudson Arts Emergency Program, a community-funded, WPA-style project, supporting individual artists for projects that speak to life in Hudson during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

  • Cat Tyc will work on a chapbook of “quarantine poems” about life during lockdown in Hudson.
  • Spencer Bambrick will create an interactive audiovisual installation, incorporating community participation, “highlighting and documenting both the sadness and loss of connection during these times, as well as the strength and solidarity present in Hudson during this crisis.”
  • Timothy McDowell will document life throughout Hudson during the shutdown through still photography and video.
  • Sam Meyerson will paint a wall mural approximately 83 feet long and about 7 feet high on the side of the Time & Space Limited (TSL) building facing Long Alley. TSL will contribute an additional $500 to Meyerson’s project as a matching grant. Meyerson’s mural will speak to the life and diversity of Hudson during the crisis.

As of today, nine applications for funding have been received. All remain eligible for funding, pending further research and review. Artists and creative workers are encouraged to download and complete the simple application form available at Proposals will be reviewed as quickly as they come in and funding will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis.

To-date, contributors have provided $10,000 in funding for the program.

A project developed by the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) Emergency Cultural Task Force, the program seeks to create a means to assist creative workers in Hudson by supporting projects that would benefit both them and the greater community via meaningful employment during this time when their earning potential has been greatly impacted if not totally eliminated. Creative artists are often ineligible for government aid programs that are based on job losses rather than loss of income and opportunity.

Learn more about the program, and download the guidelines and application, on our website.

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