Commonwealth Theatre Center (CTC) has been awarded a forward-looking $61,000 grant from the South Arts Resilience Fund. This new fund, created with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports new, region-specific activities that build the long-term resiliency of arts organizations battling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re grateful to South Arts for boosting our momentum as we continue to adapt and create programs that fulfill the changing needs of our community,” said CTC Managing Director Alison Huff. “We’re committed to maintaining access to meaningful arts experiences, and this grant is a game-changer for CTC, our partners, and the region.” 

Most of the award will be applied to CTC Artistic staff salaries, along with provisions for technology and digital services, that are essential to developing and producing virtual engagement with the arts during the pandemic. The grant helps ensure that CTC’s life-changing theatre programs (typically reaching over 55,000 youth and adults each year) remain accessible to young people, schools, and other community partners in the short and long term.

“The artists on our team are vital,” said CTC Artistic Director Charlie Sexton. “Funding that supports them and lets them keep providing meaningful, educational, inclusive programs for youth and families is more important than ever. This investment by South Arts ensures we’ll continue being a sanctuary for the young people we serve.”

Commonwealth Theatre Center has not previously received funding from South Arts. This significant grant is among only 34 made available this year to small and mid-sized arts organizations with a history of visionary leadership and impact. 

Over $1.6 million has been awarded to organizations through the South Arts Resilience Fund, which is one of several mechanisms created by South Arts in an effort to be responsive to the needs of arts organizations across the region.