Six Bucks County non-profits received arts and cultural grants from the The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), it was announced earlier this week.
The Bucks County Historical Society, The Community Conservatory Of Music, County Theater Inc, The Bristol Riverside Theater, Bucks County Community College and the James A Michener Art Museum will each receive grants of $1,930, state officials said in press release.
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency under the office of the Governor, distributed $527,000 to 273 organizations that will each receive a grant
The funds comes come from the CARES Act to help arts and humanities cope with the impacts of COVID-19 by supporting staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs.
“Arts organizations are an important part of their communities and contribute to the economic health of our state,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many organizations, including the arts. The National Endowment for the Arts recognized the role of the arts in Pennsylvania and the need to help artists and the organizations that support them to inspire creativity and vitality in our commonwealth.”
Arts and cultural economic activity, adjusted for inflation, accounted for 4.5 percent of gross domestic product or $877.8 billion, in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, a spokesperson said in a release.
In Pennsylvania, the sector contributed $25.8 billion to the state’s economy and employed 176,000 workers, data from the state shows.
“The arts and culture sector has been severely impacted by the pandemic, so we are very pleased that more than 300 arts organizations in Pennsylvania are receiving support through the CARES Act,” said Karl Blischke, PCA Executive Director. “Pre-pandemic, Pennsylvania’s creative economy was critical to the vitality and livability of our communities and to development of our commonwealth’s talent pipeline. Support for these organizations today helps to ensure that they are positioned to play a key role in the recovery of Pennsylvania’s cities and towns going forward.”
A full list of the 273 organizations receiving a $1,930 award via the PCA is available here.