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Today, the City of Tulsa, Tulsa Arts Commission, and Tulsa Planning Office began accepting applications for the VISION Arts Creative & Cultural Economic Recovery Program, which will support organizations in creating economic development opportunities in Tulsa while complying with health and safety guidelines.

The Creative & Cultural Economic Recovery Program, a collaboration between Tulsa City Council, the Mayor’s Office, and Tulsa Arts Commission, will provide nominated 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(3)-sponsored organizations funding for programs that employ creative or scholastic talent to offer safe arts and humanities experiences to audiences. Applying organizations may request up to $25,000 in funding with no private match requirement.

Eligible organizations must provide proof of their own (or sponsor’s) tax-exempt status, details about the current and anticipated effects COVID-19 will have on their finances, and a justification of planned expenses. Nominated organizations will have until November 30, 2021 to make qualifying expenses.

The Tulsa Arts Commission is coordinating with ahha Tulsa and Arts Alliance Tulsa to host virtual information sessions at the following times: 1) 3:00 PM Thursday, October 22, 2) 2:00 PM Saturday, October 24, 3) 10:00 AM Monday, October 26 4) 6:00 PM Wednesday, October 28. Information on how to join the virtual sessions will be available on the program webpage.

Additionally, before finalizing their submissions, applicants will be able to request personalized support from an independent arts and culture professional before 11:59 PM Sunday, November 15.

To apply or learn more about the program and its requirements, visit tulsaplanning.org/visionarts. The deadline to apply is 5:00 PM Monday, November 30. Finalists for funding will be selected in December, with disbursements expected to follow as soon as possible.

For questions, contact JT Paganelli at jpaganelli@incog.org.