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Local group helping artists during pandemic

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Apr 18, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — ArtsKC and KC Crew are stepping up to help local artists. With the coronavirus pandemic and the stay-at-home order in place, artists who normally are in a gallery are showing off their paintings and pottery online.

Each Friday, the two groups bring in all different kinds of artists on a Zoom call. From singers to painters, people can experience it all. Tickets can be purchased online for $10, which gives guests direct access to the artists to ask questions and listen in.

100-percent of the proceeds go to the featured creators.

While this time is uncertain for the artists, many have found a silver lining.

"It has helped us to realize how connected we all are, how important it is for all of us to take care of one another," said Glenn North, a local poet.

There is also a local emergency fund to help local artists. The Rocket Relief Fund is providing $120,000 in grants for artists impacted by the virus. Eligible creators must be in an 80-mile radius of Kansas City.

Ten artists are randomly selected each week to receive $1,000. The first notification of grantees will happen on May 1. Click to apply online.