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“Creative Neighborhoods: COVID-19 Work Projects” Funds the Creation of New Artwork to Help Support Creatives During the Crisis

The City of Boulder’s Office of Arts and Culture and Create Boulder are partnering to launch a new project fund to support artists who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Creative Neighborhoods: COVID-19 Work Projects is open for applications from April 16 through April 23 with 66 funding opportunities of $599 each available. The Office of Arts and Culture and Create Boulder are each contributing $20,000 to this initiative.  

Creative Neighborhoods: COVID-19 Work Projects is created in the spirit of the Work Projects Administration of the 1930s. It strives to efficiently deploy limited resources to address areas of critical need. This social infrastructure program will quickly deliver funding to artists and provide direct community benefits. Projects will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to professional artists that have been impacted by the crisis. Each artist will create an experience in their neighborhood with the goals of either a) helping their neighbors stay connected during physical distancing restrictions, or b) after restrictions are lifted, helping people to reconnect, recover and adjust to new social conditions.

“On my mind are the many in our community who are in a vulnerable position due to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis” says Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver.  “Among them are the thousands of artists who are in a unique position to help their neighbors follow the restrictions, stay connected, be well, and process this unique historical moment. As part of our coordinated response to this emergency, I see the role of artists becoming increasingly important as we reconnect and rebuild.  This is a great investment in our social cohesion, as well as having benefits for some of those that have been particularly hard hit by this crisis.”

Professional artists who live in Boulder and have encountered financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are eligible to apply. To find out more or to apply to the opportunity, visit

Create Boulder ( is a non-profit organization founded by a network of community leaders who believe that creativity is the essence of a vibrant city. The mission of Create Boulder is to advocate for the arts, ignite investment in the arts and increase the participation in the city of Boulder’s creative culture.

The City of Boulder’s Office of Arts and Culture is currently implementing Boulder’s Community Cultural Plan. Through a set of programs including cultural grants, public art, initiatives that support artists and the creative economy, and research, the office supports the community-created Vision for Culture: Together, we will craft Boulder’s social, physical and cultural environment to include creativity as an essential ingredient for the wellbeing, prosperity and joy of everyone in the community.

Published: April 15, 2020


Annie Zaruba, Media Relations, 303-441-4092
Mandy Vink, Public Art Administrator, 303-441-4342