TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Fairs, festivals, and other arts events have been hit hard by COVID-19. Now the state of Indiana is offering 10 million dollars in grant money to help support events that keep the culture of Indiana alive. Here locally Taste of Tippecanoe, Mosey Down Main Street, and Outfest is just a few of the events that were canceled this year due to COVID-19.
"We are at a loss of over 250,000 dollars, “said Tetia Lee the CEO of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation.
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation had to cancel its two largest events this year; those cancellations have led to that large decline in revenue.
"Tap for TAF the Craft Beer Festival as well as the Taste of Tippecanoe both are very much mission related to our organization and they are also fundraisers,” said Lee.
Without those fundraisers, TAF is not able to complete its mission of growing the arts, that's why this announcement by the Lt. Governor of Indiana is so important.
"For organizations like ours, it helps us to continue to do the work that we have been doing,” added Lee.
As for musicians like the local band Shorty and the Chef being able to continue these festivals is crucial to their careers.
"Music and the arts and entertainment you know comedy it really boosts the morale of people and I think that's a major part of mental health," said Marc Ridge a band member of Shorty and the Chef.
"It's history, it's culture, music is very important and it's very nice to know that backing is coming out," added Kyle Bledsoe a band member of Shorty and the Chef.
COVID-19 canceled around 80 gigs the band had planned since the start of the pandemic. While they have been playing more gigs outside these days, they hope people will realize how important local music, arts, and events are to the quality of life in our community.
"When you are cooped up in your house for months and you can't do anything you need to hear some tunes sometimes or go laugh at a comedy show," added Ridge.
"Everything should be appreciated a little more after we are done on the other side of this thing," added Bledsoe.
Arts and Cultural organizations can start applying for the grant on Friday, August 14. To learn more about the gran and the application process click here.
Shorty and the Chef have some upcoming gigs they will be playing at, to see their list of upcoming shows click here.