Artist Trust COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund

I feel so blessed to live in a state that has stepped up to the COVID-19 pandemic medically, as Washington is now TENTH on the list of reported COVID-19 infections, down from #1 as this whole thing started HERE on February 28 with the first U.S. death. (NBC News.)

I am also delighted and proud of organizations like Artist Trust, which has stepped up and started providing financial relief that took DAYS to manifest. See:

Hello Paul,

My name is Justine and I’m the Annual Fund & Events Manager at Artist Trust. We’re so excited that we were able to disburse another $100,000 of financial support to artists statewide this week, bringing the total distributed to $200,000. Since we officially launched the COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund, we’ve received requests for funding from more than 1,500 artists statewide totaling $3 million in funding requests. As you can imagine, we’ve been working tirelessly to raise the funds that will allow us to continue to support artists during this time of unprecedented crisis. We want to keep the online campaign’s momentum going, and we could use your help to make this happen!

Attached is an image that you can share on Instagram and Facebook with the copy below. Feel free to edit or personalize the copy – the more personalized, the more attention it’ll get. Make sure to tag us @artisttrust

Thank you so much for your help. Please let me know if you have any questions, feedback, or ideas.

All the best,

Justine Deacon (she/her) | Annual Fund & Events Manager
Artist Trust
206/467-8734 x18
1835 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA  98122
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For the safety our staff and community during the COVID-19 outbreak, Artist Trust offices are currently closed. To learn more about our COVID-19 response efforts, please visit our COVID-19 resources page.


Join Artist Trust in standing with artists during the COVID-19 crisis. Donations to Artist Trust will support relief efforts, including a rapid response grant program that puts cash directly into the hands of Washington State artists now. Support Artist Trust at and learn more

Thank you Artist Trust. We’ll remember this for a long time.

About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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4 Responses to Artist Trust COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund

  1. Leopoldo Seguel says:

    This is a great effort to support artists economically. I applaud them and will donate. Actually the first case in the nation was recorded in a Snohomish County man on January 19.

  2. Splabman says:

    Bless you Leopoldo! See you (via Zoom) Wednesday!

    The source cited in the comment:

  3. Leopoldo Seguel says:

    This morning, a couple of hours ago, I read in the online Seattle Times update on Covid-19 that the first death was January 19th but revisiting that update, that sentence is no longer there! Perhaps I am going nuts and hallucinating? In any event, thanks for the correction!

  4. Splabman says:

    I did edit and cited the source I used. It’s not YOU dear reader!

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