During the COVID-19 pandemic, Imagine MKE is committed to continuing to support artists. While our MKE Artist Relief Fund has closed, we will be building tools and resources to support artists. 

PODCAST
Our podcast will be inviting experts to join us to discuss issues that are important to artists' ability to work and thrive, especially during the pandemic. First up, we invited lawyer Jan Pierce on to dispense some practical advice for artists, freelancers, and small businesses and non-profits on how to survive the uncertainty brought forth by COVID19. Have a suggestion of a topic that would be useful to you? Reach out at pod [at] imaginemke.org.


RESOURCES
This list will continue to expand. And, certainly if you know of resources that need to be on our radar and support artists, send them to Kennita Hickman at khickman [at] imaginemke.org.

Unemployment Benefits

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is now available to those who have been self employed, including certain independent contractors and those otherwise not eligible to apply for traditional unemployment.

Food
Everyone deserves access to nutritious food. Here’s a list of resources to support your short term needs and long term needs.

  • FoodShare – Federal program to help individuals experiencing a food emergency. Foodshare is now available to folks who have been self employed, certain independent contractors, and those otherwise not eligible due to lack of traditional employment. You can check your eligibility here.
  • Tandem – Chef Caitlyn Cullen is giving away free meals Monday through Friday from 11a to 4pm (or until supplies run out). Daily menu posted on Tandem’s Facebook page and often includes at least one vegan option.
  • Hunger Taskforce has created a comprehensive map to show trusted, open food pantry sites throughout Milwaukee County. You can search via zipcode to see what’s available in your neighborhood.

Health

  • Need health insurance? Not sure if Medicare, COBRA, BadgerCare or Healthcare Marketplace is for you? Covering Wisconsin connects you with a healthcare navigator to connect you to healthcare for you and your family. 
  • Here are recommended community health centers that support most insurance providers AND offer a sliding pay scale. Sliding pay scales allow uninsured and under-insured individuals to receive services at a reduced rate. Services include (but aren’t limited to) dental, mental health support, and primary care support. Outreach Community Health Center, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Progressive Community Health Care 

Energy Assistance

  • Energy Assistance is available for those who need help covering electricity/ heat bills. It is income based. This link allows you to see if you qualify and make a phone appointment to apply for benefits. 

Milwaukee-based Artist Relief Funds