Dear Friends of the Mansfield Art Center,
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to all aspects of our community. I think we can agree that whether our social distancing lasts two weeks, two months, or much longer, our organizations, communities, and nation will not be the same when this is over. Our many small businesses and nonprofits are struggling to stay afloat and retain as many employees as possible. We have residents dealing with food and housing insecurity and health care systems preparing for a surge of sick patients. It is a very painful time in our country that we are seeing, hearing and feeling every day. As this situation evolves, the Mansfield Art Center’s top priority is to protect the well-being of our staff, students and extended MAC family. We are truly fortunate to have a dedicated staff, artists, supporters, and friends.
Being said, we want to give friends, members, donors, and sponsors an update on how we are doing and assure you that we believe we are well-positioned to weather this storm for the time being.
Our gallery remains closed which is consistent with the county, state, and federal guidelines which we are closely following. Our board and staff are exploring innovative ways to deliver our content to you digitally. We hope to bring you our current exhibit, the Annual Regional High School Art Show with the K-8 in an on-line video as well as classes you can follow along with at home. Many artists are coming together online to ensure the arts stay present and accessible with inspiring reminders of The Art’s importance in enriching our lives and connecting one another with our shared humanity.
For ongoing updates on our exhibitions and classes, please stay tuned to our website.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the arts and the Mansfield Art Center. Your support means everything to us as we look forward to seeing you at our re-opening!
Mansfield Art Center Board of Trustees
George Whitten, Executive Director
Susan D. Gentille, Marketing/Development Director
Debra Weaver, Program Director
Jerry Francl, Operations Director
Support Staff and Educators
If you have any questions or concerns please contact either:
Dr. Debra Weaver the Education Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
George Whitten the Executive Director, email@example.com
- The Art Center Staff is working from home. To reach a member of the Art Center staff please email them. Staff Directory
- The 75 Annual May Show has been postponed until August 16 – September 13
- May Show: Receiving is July 29 & 30 | 11-6pm
- May Show: Judging: July 31
- May Show: Pick Up of Unaccepted Work: August 2 & 4 | 11-5pm
- ALL Classes & Workshops are postponed until further notice.
- Please check back for new times & dates.
We’ve been actively researching options for self-employed businesses, like yourselves, in hopes of coming up with helpful resources and programs that could assist you financially during this challenging time. If you have questions about these programs, please contact them directly.
Survey of Artists seeking Help:
- 70% of artists have applied for EIDL
- 30% or artists are applying for PPP
- 65% of artists are applying for Unemployment
- 17% of artists still don’t understand benefits
Artist Relief Fund:
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.
To be eligible for a relief grant, applicants must be:
-Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
-Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
-21 years of age or older;
-Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
-Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
-Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
-Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund.
Please note that the Artist Relief coalition partners will make final eligibility determinations as needed. Learn more by reviewing this FAQ.
To apply, click here.
The new emergency stimulus bill passed into effect last week states it will cover self-employed and freelancers in a special unemployment plan.
Under the plan, eligible workers will get an extra $600 per week on top of their state benefit. But some states are more generous than others. According to the Century Foundation, the maximum weekly benefit in Alabama is $275, but it’s $450 in California and $713 in New Jersey.
We recommend you contact your state’s unemployment office to learn more and to see if you qualify.
Payroll Protection Plan:
PPP applicants must certify, in good faith, that the uncertainty of current economic conditions makes the loan necessary to support your business operations. If your business has been adversely affected by the pandemic, or you are legitimately concerned that some of your customers will not be able to timely pay their bills, then you probably need these funds and shouldn’t be afraid to claim them. Applicants must acknowledge that the funds will be used to maintain their salary, maintain payroll (if you have any) or make mortgage payments, lease payments and utility payments. Applicants also must certify that they do not have other “covered loan” applications pending for similar or duplicative purposes.
Applicants will need the following documentation: payroll tax filings reported to the IRS, any Forms 1099–MISC you received for 2019, and income and expenses from your sole proprietorship. Copies of your 2019 and/or 2018 tax return are probably sufficient to satisfy the documentation requirements, especially if you prepare Schedules C and SE. You might want to complete your 2019 Form 1040 if your 2019 income is higher, or your expenses lower, than those amounts were in 2018.
Applicants can get a PPP loan of 2.5 times their monthly average “payroll costs,” which has a special definition for this purpose and includes profits from your business up to $100,000/per year, capped at $10 million.
The following example is for a self-employed person with no employees. Assume that you have a self-employment income of at least $100,000 in the year before you received the loan ($8,333 as the monthly amount). This means you can get a PPP loan of $20,833 ($8,333 * 2.5) even if you have no business expenses.
Further, you can get the whole loan forgiven if you have $20,833 of expenses from any of the following four categories:
Payroll Costs: This can be up to $15,300 that you pay yourself plus amounts paid to others who might perform services in connection with your business.
Rent: This can be for the office space or property you rent for your business (like a leased car).
Utilities: This can include internet access.
Mortgage Interest: This may include some mortgage interest on your home mortgage if you maintain a home office.
We anticipate that people will not have difficulty getting to $20,833 of qualified expenses in eight weeks since most will be using the proceeds to effectively pay themselves about 75 percent of the loan proceeds. A spreadsheet for the PPP loan computation and forgiveness is available here, but remember that payroll includes your profits (up to $100,000 per year). Most people will want to borrow the maximum amount they can justify under the 2.5 times calculation because there is no personal guarantee and no collateral needed. Any amount not forgiven must be repaid over 10 years at 4 percent interest.
Learn more Here: Payroll Protection Plan
Economic Impact Development Loans:
You also may be able to request an EIDL (in addition to a PPP loan) so long as the loan proceeds are not used to cover the same expenses. You apply for your EIDL online here, directly with the SBA. They are approved solely based on your credit score. EIDLs are available up to $2 million, though most borrowers will prefer to cap their application at $200,000 or less to avoid the need for a personal guarantee. EIDLs are likely to be granted more quickly than a PPP loan. The first $10,000 of an EDIL is converted to an immediate grant, even if your loan request is denied [$10,000 free loan]. So, using the example, you could request a $36,000 EIDL loan when you file for your PPP loan. By the time the PPP loan is granted a month later, the first $10,000 of your EIDL loan will become a grant, and you will have already applied another $10,000 or so toward maintaining your business (and your own income). So you would only need to repay about $16,000. Any unpaid balance carries interest at 3.75 percent.
Learn more Here: Economic Impact Development Loans
Artist Grant Opportunities
In the face of the unknown, artists have, unsurprisingly, gotten creative about how they are changing their artistic practice. However, if you, like many, are finding that you need additional financial resources to get you through this time, there are emergency grants available for artists.
We, like many other arts organizations right now, have compiled a list of emergency resources for artists as well an ongoing list of crowdfunding efforts to provide financial relief for artists.
If you have a resource that we haven’t mentioned, please send us an email and we will add it to the list. This is an evolving list that we will be over the next few weeks.
Learn more Here: Artist Grant Opportunities