The Wyoming Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has distributed COVID-19 support grants to 45 arts organizations across Wyoming. Arts Cheyenne was one of the recipients of this CARES Act support. Other Cheyenne organizations receiving CARES Act funding included Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Cheyenne Little Theatre Players Inc., Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Reformation Dance Company, and the Wyoming Music Educators Association.
The purpose of the CARES Act funding for arts organizations is to preserve jobs and stabilize organizations. Funds are distributed as a one-time grant to provide administrative and operational support to arts organizations that have suffered substantial financial or personnel losses as a result of COVID-19.
Recipients of these funds may be asked by the Wyoming Arts Council, the Wyoming Humanities Council or the Wyoming Arts Alliance to participate in conversations and data collection about how COVID-19 is impacting cultural organizations in Wyoming. The Wyoming Arts Council is committed to providing ongoing support to arts organizations and individual artists across the state as disruptions from COVID-19 continue.