For many artists 2020 and the affects of the Covid-19 Pandemic have created a space of dissonance and in many cases financial drought. I had the pleasure of chatting with Brandi Turner, co-founder of The Mississippi Center for Cultural Production (Sipp Culture), to learn more about how Sipp Culture's Artist Relief Grant Fund is assisting artists and creatives during such an uncertain time.
Brandi highlights that the Sipp Culture Artist Relief Fund aims to provide financial resources to independent artists and under-resourced arts organizations as emergency relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a partnership with the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) partners, Sipp Culture launched a re-granting mechanism to provide support to approximately 1,500 artists and arts and cultural organizations of color across diverse regions of the country in the form of crisis relief grants. Sipp Culture will disseminate funds to artists of color and organizations led by people of color working in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Sipp Culture is able to distribute the funds through partnerships through the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, PA’I Foundation and Sipp Culture that promotes an intercultural approach to change-making and developing leaders within the arts and culture field.
Watch our interview to learn more about how to apply and what constitutes an artist that is eligible for funding.
Artist Relief Fund - Deadline is Oct. 1st 2020!
Sipp Culture Artist Relief Fund link
People seeking more information about the Crisis Relief grants are encouraged to visit weareili.org and sign up for the e-mail list to receive notices of application openings at each organization.
About SIPP CULTURE The Mississippi Center for Cultural Production (Sipp Culture) is honoring the history and building the future of Utica, MS. Our work weaves together research, development, local agriculture, with contemporary media & storytelling to promote the legacy and vision of our hometown. Our place-based model program supports groups and individuals working to achieve social, economic, and cultural transformation toward long-term sustainability through the creation and presentation of arts, culture, and through using food (agriculture) and story to leverage community transformation and shift the material condition of Southern rural people.