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Supporting Our Arts Community in a Time of Crisis
 A LIVE Digital News Briefing & Community Conversation
Monday, May 4, 2020
12:00-1:00 pm


On May 4, 2020, ArtsFund hosted a live digital news event. ArtsFund leadership announced the outcomes of our initial COVID-19 relief effort, including grant totals, and new data on devastating sector-wide impacts of the pandemic. Arts leaders discussed what COVID-19 means for cultural nonprofits in the Puget Sound Region and how you can help. Plus, we introduce ArtsFund’s incoming President & CEO, Michael Greer. 

Speakers included:

Susan M. Coliton, ArtsFund Interim President & CEO
Anthony R. Miles, ArtsFund Board Chair
Michael Greer, ArtsFund Incoming President & CEO
Bernie Griffin, Managing Director, The 5th Avenue Theatre
Wier Harman, Executive Director, Town Hall Seattle
James Miles, Executive Director, Arts Corps

Moderated by Sarah Sidman, ArtsFund VP of Strategic Initiatives & Communications, hosted by Aaron Blank, ArtsFund Trustee, and featuring a special performance by local actor, musician, and playwright, Justin Huertas.

For more information on impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nonprofit cultural sector in the Central Puget Sound region, visit

For a list of ArtsFund’s emergency relief grant recipients, visit

For more information on ArtsFund’s keystone grant recipients, visit

For more information about ArtsFund, visit

To make a gift to the COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund, visit

To make a gift to ArtsFund benefiting the Puget Sound arts and cultural community, visit