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AURORA is pleased to host a second round of Artist Relief Grants specifically for self-identifying BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artists in North Texas who have suffered from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19.

Supported by PNC Foundation, the AURORA Artist Relief Fund will distribute $20,000 to five grantees ($4,000 each) and will also establish a business wellness program with workshops and mentorship on best business practices. The goal is to support BIPOC artists in North Texas financially and through mentorship designed to enhance the entrepreneurism of individual artists to help them flourish in a post-pandemic world.

The application period will open on February 19 and close on March 15, 2021. Those interested can submit their application online.

Grantees will be selected by an independent panel of artists and other art professionals who represent the BIPOC artist community in North Texas, including:

Liliana Bloch, Gallery Director and Founder, Liliana Bloch Gallery
Sara Cardona, Visual Artist and Executive Artistic Director, Teatro Dallas
Viola Delgado, Visual Artist
Riley Holloway, Visual Artist
Christian Vasquez, Filmmaker.

For questions regarding the artist relief fund, please contact corey@dallasaurora.com


In order to be eligible for this grant, the artist must:
  • identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color
  • be a working visual artist with a sustained practice based in North Texas
  • be able to produce proof of residence in one of the following counties: Dallas County, Tarrant County, Rockwall County, Collin County or Denton County
  • be at least 21 years of age
  • be experiencing dire financial distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • have a resume or CV
  • not be a full-time employee, board member, director, officer or immediate family member of anyone involved with the Dallas Foundation or AURORA
  • not have previously been awarded a relief grant from this fund

All applicants must submit:
  • a brief bio
  • a resume or CV demonstrating career path
  • a statement of need and intent for use of the funds
  • up to 5 images of previous works and/or 1-3 videos


March 15, 2021 at 11:59PM CST


$4,000 USD per grant 


To apply, CLICK HERE to fill out and upload all requested documents. 


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