Emergency Financial Assistance for
Teaching Artists


As arts organizations around the metro, and around the country have been forced to do, KCYA has halted operations in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This will result in significant loss of income for our wonderful teaching artists. We are deeply committed to the livelihood of our professional artists, who are facing unprecedented uncertainty during this time. They are independent contractors and rely on income from programs that have now been cancelled.


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During the initial two weeks of the crisis, approximately 50 visual and performing teaching artists affiliated with KCYA have lost more than $20,000 in combined income because of Community School of the Arts and school closings. We know that the majority of area schools will be out through the end of the school year, and the rest may follow. The total impact is as yet unknown, but we expect more than 70 Teaching Artists will lose a combined total of more than $58,000 by the end of May. As freelancers and independent contractors, if teaching artists don't work, they can’t earn the money they need to live.


Teaching artists lift up our students. They breathe joy, creativity, and discovery into our classrooms and use their art to spark student curiosity and a love of learning. 


Please help us take care of this incredible community. Donate today and join us as we Band Together on 4/11 for a virtual Facebook live fundraiser!



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