Dear friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and arts workers,

In these unprecedented times, we find everything in a continuous shifting reality. We at PAL Ottawa have been working hard to create the residence for arts workers which this city so badly needs. As much as possible, PAL Ottawa being a virtual entity, this work is carrying on.

However, our valuable efforts to give assistance to arts workers in need through Supporting Cast must be put on pause. We cannot do the simple things we have done like driving clients to medical appointments or buy groceries without risking our volunteers’ health. More & more groceries are delivering food, so you may find that help is already there for you. This article may be of help: cbc.ca/news.

Supporting Cast is available for conversations over the phone and finding resources you might need. Please email: supportingcast@palottawa.org for more information.

On a good news note, a long-time supporter of PAL Ottawa recently stepped up to help freelance artists and arts workers 55 and up to continue their work. Through PAL Ottawa and with the assistance of the Ottawa Arts Council, 50 grants of $900 are being provided to those in need.

In the meantime, if you are looking for assistance, an emergency support fund has been set up with the support of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, The Writers’ Union of Canada, RBC and the Access Copyright Foundation for writers and visual artists, with an April 20 deadline. To apply for a grant of up to $1,500, go to: writerstrust.com/ReliefFund. You’ll find more information at: accesscopyright.ca.

In addition, the deadline for professional development grants from the Access Copyright Foundation has been moved forward to May 1. These are for employees of, or freelance professionals contracted by publishers or publishing, writing and visual arts organizations seeking to enhance their expertise and knowledge through professional exchange, continuing education, skills development or attendance at creative industry events. To learn more and apply visit: https://acfoundation.ca/grants.

Meantime, we at PAL Ottawa send our best wishes to you and your families. Keep well.

Peter Haworth, Chair
PAL Ottawa