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Briefly Stated 2.12.21

LUMINARY OPENS FUTURES FUND
The Luminary’s Futures Fund is accepting applications for grants ranging from $2,500 to $8,000. The deadline is March 8. Futures Fund, a re-granting initiative funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, supports innovative, experimental, and future-focused artist projects throughout the St. Louis region. An info session will be held on February 17 at 6:00 PM. Register here.

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
If you have writer’s block, here are six bio writing tips from Fractured Atlas.

AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR ARTISTS
St. Louis Art Place Initiative is accepting applications for affordable homes, located in Gravois Park. The round one deadline is February 15. Apply here. The initiative, which seeks to build wealth and equity through homeownership, was co-founded by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, the Incarnate Word Foundation, and the Regional Arts Commission.

VLAA UPSTART COLLEGE OUTREACH
Our Upstart outreach program exposes students working in all artistic disciplines to basic legal and accounting matters. Speakers include working artists, attorneys, and accountants. To book a free speaker, send us a few dates and times that work for your schedule.

COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT LAW ISSUES
Here are the links to the recording and slides from the January 27 webinar on  need-to-know vaccination and other employment law issues. This webinar was part of Missouri ArtSafe, the statewide program focused on COVID-19 safe practices for arts organizations. Thanks to our friends at the Greensfelder law firm for presenting.

CREATIVE IMPACT FUND GRANTS
The Arts and Education Council’s Creative Impact Fund will provide $2,000 unrestricted grants to arts and arts education institutions in the bi-state area that demonstrate immediate need due to the ongoing pandemic. Applications open on February 15. More here.

ATTENTION MURALISTS! 
The Lambert Art and Culture Program at STL Airport will select a St. Louis artist or artist team to design and paint a mural on a new concrete structure outside of Terminal 2. The project budget is $15,000, exclusive of paint and supplies. The deadline for submitting qualifications is March 7. Details here.

NONPROFIT FINANCE 101
Learn how to keep on top of your small org’s financial life on February 25 at 1:00 PM. Lisa Gertsch, a Houston-based CPA, will cover accounting software, grant tracking, employees versus contractors, state and federal filings, how to forecast your cash balance, and more. This webinar is being presented by Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Engage Program. Register here.

RELIEF GRANTS FOR MID-CAREER THEATRE ARTISTS
TheFrontOffice Foundation is awarding hardship grants to mid-career theatre artists, administrators, and production staff. To be considered mid-career, applicants need to have been in the professional theatre workforce for at least 10 years. Request details by sending an email (thefrontoffice19@gmail.com) to TheFrontOffice. Applications will be available on February 22; the application deadline is February 26.

HEALTHCARE.GOV OPEN ENROLLMENT
This new COVID-19 open enrollment period begins February 15 and ends on May 15. If you need assistance filling out the application, in person or virtually, or understanding plan options, call the Cover Missouri help line, 800/466-3213.

LOOKING AHEAD TO APRIL 15
Our volunteer accountants aren’t available to prepare tax returns for our pro bono clients during their busy tax season. Here are some options to consider if you need tax preparation assistance.