In 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA), an ambitious program that put over eight million Americans to work. At the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, thousands of artists were among those employed by the WPA.

Eleanor Roosevelt believed artists would play a critical role in helping America survive the Depression. Work funded by the WPA brought entertainment, edification and inspiration to communities across our country when we needed it most. Artists who would become our cultural icons, including Jackson Pollock, John Steinbeck and Zora Neale Hurston, were sustained for a time by the WPA.

Now, as our country faces a new crisis, the UB Arts Collaboratory has taken inspiration from the WPA and is offering micro-grants to artists in the Buffalo community who continue to create and inspire our community while our city stays home. Our resources, while limited, have all been diverted to supporting this cause. It is one we believe in wholeheartedly, and it’s one we hope all of Buffalo will join.

All UB and Buffalo artists are welcome to apply. Art lovers can help by following the Arts Collaboratory on social media and donating to the cause.

Please to go to @artscollaboratory on Instagram for examples of artist submissions and see the form below to apply.

Major support provided by M&T Bank.
Additional support provided by Savarino Companies.

General Information:

Where: Instagram: @artscollaboratory
When: Rolling submissions

To submit proposals for Work In Real Time please go to:

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