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We partnered with state arts agencies to invest in Midwestern arts and cultural organizations during COVID-19

Arts Midwest partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts and our nine member state arts agencies to distribute more than $700,000 in funding from the CARES Act to support 181 Midwestern arts and cultural organizations and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This partnership allowed Arts Midwest to expedite the distribution of federal relief funds and reduce application and reporting burdens by enabling organizations to access all funding available to them through a single application and award process administered by their state. CARES Act funds are restricted to cover general operating expenses such as salaries and facilities costs.

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CARES Act Recipients

Organization City State
Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association Ames IA
Ankeny Community Chorus Ankeny IA
James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts Cedar Falls IA
Charles City Arts Council Charles City IA
Clinton Symphony Orchestra Association Clinton IA
Corning Opera House Cultural Center Corning IA
Azubuike African American Council for the Arts Davenport IA
New Ground Theatre Davenport IA
Oneota Film Festival Decorah IA
Des Moines Choral Society Des Moines IA
Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble Des Moines IA
Gateway Dance Theatre Des Moines IA
Iowa Youth Chorus Des Moines IA
Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corps. Des Moines IA
Dubuque Arts Council Dubuque IA
Dubuque Chorale Dubuque IA
Emmetsburg Main Street Theatre Emmetsburg IA
Chamber Singers of Iowa City Iowa City IA
Iowa City Community Theatre Iowa City IA
Riverside Theatre Iowa City IA
Adventures in Social Drama Johnston IA
Great River Players Keokuk IA
SCIT Theatre Leon IA
Maquoketa Fine Arts Center Maquoketa IA
Artisan’s Sanctuary Marion IA
Marshalltown Community Theatre Marshalltown IA
North Iowa Band Festival Foundation Mason City IA
Living Proof Exhibit Moline IA
Fine Arts & Cultural Events [FACE] of Mahaska County Oskaloosa IA
Greater Ottumwa Vocal Arts Project Ottumwa IA
Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra Sioux Center IA
Spencer Area Arts Council Spencer IA
Storm Lake Public Library Gallery Guild Storm Lake IA
Heartland Marimba Waterloo IA
Legacy Learning Boone River Valley Webster City IA
The Winterset Stage Winterset IA
Orion Chamber Ensemble Addison IL
The 16th Street Theater, NFP Berwyn IL
Carbondale Community Arts Carbondale IL
40 North/88 West, Inc. Champaign IL
African American Arts Alliance Chicago IL
Classical Kids Music Education Chicago IL
Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago Inc Chicago IL
NAJWA Dance Corps Chicago IL
Project Danztheatre Company Chicago IL
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Chicago IL
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center Chicago IL
The Dance COLEctive Chicago IL
Woman Made Chicago IL
Danville Light Opera Co, Inc. Danville IL
Children’s Theatre of Elgin Elgin IL
Freeport Arts Center Freeport IL
Prairie Players Civic Theatre Galesburg IL
Northwest Center of Traditional Polish Dancers Glenview IL
Kankakee Valley Theatre Association Kankakee IL
Little Egypt Arts Association., Inc. Marion IL
Gateway to Music and Arts Maywood IL
Playcrafters Inc Moline IL
ArtsPartners of Central Illinois Peoria IL
Peoria Area Civic Chorale Peoria IL
Princeton Theatre Group Princeton IL
Artists’ Ensemble Theater Rockford IL
Chicago Korean Dance Company Rolling Meadows IL
Springfield Ballet Company Springfield IL
Fox Valley Concert Band of St Charles St Charles IL
Sugar Creek Opera Ltd (formerly Sugar Creek Symphony & Song) Watseka IL
Bloomington Playwrights Project Bloomington IN
Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Inc. Bloomington IN
Community Theatre of Clay County, Inc. Brazil IN
Carmel Performing Arts Foundation Carmel IN
Columbus Pro Musica Columbus IN
Elkhart County Symphony Association Elkhart IN
Children’s Center for Dance Education Evansville IN
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestral Corporation Evansville IN
Books, Brushes, & Bands for Education Hammond IN
Butler University Indianapolis IN
Indianapolis Men’s Chorus Indianapolis IN
City of Jasper Jasper IN
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Inc. Lafayette IN
Lafayette Citizens Band, Inc. Lafayette IN
Civic Players of Logansport Logansport IN
Logansport Art Association Logansport IN
Muncie Civic Theatre Association Muncie IN
South Shore Arts, Inc. Munster IN
Brown County Playhouse Management Nashville IN
Carnegie Center for Art and History, Inc. New Albany IN
Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, Inc. Notre Dame IN
Southern Indiana Center for the Arts Seymour IN
Community Theatre Guild Inc. Valparaiso IN
County of Porter Valparaiso IN
Wagon Wheel Theatre, Inc. Warsaw IN
Wabash Valley Youth Symphony West Lafayette IN
Ann Arbor Summer Festival Ann Arbor MI
University Musical Society Ann Arbor MI
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services Dearborn MI
Carrie Morris Arts Production Detroit MI
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit MI
Living Arts Detroit MI
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Detroit MI
El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil Flint MI
Grand Rapids Art Museum Grand Rapids MI
Grand Rapids Symphony Grand Rapids MI
West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology Grand Rapids MI
Interlochen Center for the Arts Interlochen MI
Jackson Symphony Orchestra Association Jackson MI
Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Kalamazoo MI
Michigan Festival of Sacred Music Kalamazoo MI
Arts Council of Greater Lansing Lansing MI
Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer, Inc Lapeer MI
Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Manchester MI
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts Manistee MI
Hiawatha Music Non Profit Organization Marquette MI
Midland Center for the Arts, Inc. Midland MI
Akropolis Quintet Inc Northville MI
Blissfest Music Organization Petoskey MI
Crooked Tree Arts Council, Inc. Petoskey MI
Wheatland Music Org Remus MI
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Saugatuck MI
Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings Southfield MI
Detroit Educational Television Foundation Wixom MI
Dawson-Boyd Arts Association Dawson MN
DLCCC, Inc. Detroit Lakes MN
Duluth Art Institute Association Duluth MN
North House Folk School Grand Marais MN
Great River Arts Association Little Falls MN
University of Minnesota, Mankato Mankato MN
Iraq-MN Art Project Minneapolis MN
Shapeshift Theatrical, Inc. Minneapolis MN
The Cedar Cultural Center, Inc. Minneapolis MN
Paramount Center for the Arts St. Cloud MN
Hot Summer Jazz Festival St. Paul MN
Minnesota Marine Art Museum Winona MN
Capitol Shakespeare Bismarck ND
Dakota Legacy Bismarck ND
TruNorth Theatre Bismarck ND
International Peace Garden Dunseith ND
O.P.E.R.A. Inc. Ellendale ND
Red River Valley Woodcarvers Fargo ND
African Arts Arena Grand Forks ND
Grand Cities Children’s Choir Grand Forks ND
Red River Valley Community Action Grand Forks ND
Maddock Opera House Association Maddock ND
Minot State University Summer Theatre Minot ND
Mouse River Players Minot ND
Enchanted Highway Regent ND
Pembina Gorge Foundation Walhalla ND
Long X Arts Foundation Watford City ND
Passion Works Athens OH
Art Opportunities Inc Cincinnati OH
Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati OH
Cleveland Modern Dance Association Cleveland OH
Wagnalls Memorial Foundation Lithopolis OH
FireFish Arts Inc. Lorain OH
Tuscarawas Philharmonic New Philadelphia OH
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Peninsula OH
People’s Justice League Rutland OH
Buckeye Authors Book Fair Committee, Inc. Wooster OH
Yellow Springs Arts Council Yellow Springs OH
Aberdeen Arts Council Aberdeen SD
Northern Fort Playhouse Foundation Britton SD
Black Hills Playhouse, Inc. Custer SD
Allied Arts Fund Rapid City SD
Black Hills Works dba Flutter Productions Rapid City SD
Magpie Creative Rapid City SD
Rapid City Arts Council Rapid City SD
Friends of Levitt Shell Sioux Falls, Inc. Sioux Falls SD
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls Sioux Falls SD
Washington Pavilion Management Sioux Falls SD
Vermillion Cultural Assocation Vermillion SD
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Appleton WI
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts Fond du Lac WI
Viterbo University La Crosse WI
Arts Wisconsin, Inc. Madison WI
Overture Center Foundation Madison WI
TAPIT/new works, Inc. Madison WI
Milwaukee Repertory Theater Milwaukee WI
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Milwaukee WI
Wild Space, Inc. Milwaukee WI
The Grand Oshkosh Oshkosh WI
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan WI
Weill Center for the Performing Arts Sheboygan WI