Although we were all in quarantine together, we all know that some people spent that time in sweatpants seeing if they could reach the end of viewable content on YouTube (hi, yes, that’s me). Meanwhile, others spent that time creating new works of art (looking at you, Taylor Swift). If you happen to be one of the latter, then Loveland Art in Public Places may have a grant for you.

In fact, it’s because of COVID-19 that the City of Loveland’s Art in Public Places Program has set aside funds for artists and artistic organizations in Loveland. The money’s purpose is two-fold: By distributing grant funds to local creators, the City is hoping to help artists and arts organizations stay afloat and keep creating through this difficult time. However, they’re also hoping to lift local residents’ and visitors’ spirits as well, particularly through increasing diversity and cultural expression throughout the city.

According to a press release, the types of projects the money will fund may cover a variety of mediums, from performative art (while adhering to social distancing) to individual pieces and exhibits. Anything goes, and artists can request up to $5,000 for their project— as long as the focus is “artist expression.” They’ll also need to be displayed in a public place with high visibility within Loveland when you’re done, so no hoarding your beautiful creations in your basement.

The grants are also only applicable for projects slated to take place between October of 2020 and December of 2021; so, if you’re still in the highly *contemplative* stage of your next project, maybe consider holding off on applying just yet.

But for the rest of you artists out there, if you’ve got a quarantine idea brewing in your head, you’ll need to fill out an application and submit all other required materials (including, but not limited to, an outline and timeline for your project) by either 1 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2020 or January 12, 2021. Artistic organizations are welcome to apply as well as individuals, and a 501c(3) status is not necessary to do so.

If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring and get your art on, you can find the grant application here.

So, get out there and stretch your creative wings, and we’ll look forward to seeing the fruits of your labor sometime next year.

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