Quad City Arts is helping promote a new grant opportunity for artists to help combat rampant vaccine hesitancy nationwide.

It is posting the fact that Arts Alliance Illinois is looking for practicing local artists (any medium) whose audiences reach Illinois residents

Quad City Arts Promoting Opportunity For Artists To Combat Vaccine Hesitancy

Quad City Arts is helping promote a new arts and vaccination campaign in Illinois.

under 35 years old, people of color, and women. Ideally, these artists have audiences and followings in the target demographics. The artists themselves do not have to fit within said demographics.

The goal of the Arts and Vaccination Campaign is to encourage Illinois residents to combat Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy, and to support Illinois artists. The scope of each project is up to the discretion of the artist and can be anything from a TikTok video, street concert, poster campaign, mural, live or streamed performance, or other medium.

Concepts should be submitted by May 26, the project does NOT have to be completed until August 1, 2021. For an application and instructions, artists should visit www.quadcityarts.com/opportunities.html.

To date, 51 percent of people age 18 and older in Scott County have been fully vaccinated, while 44 percent of adults in Rock Island County have been, according to data from The New York Times.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday about 160.2 million people nationwide have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 126.6 million people who have been fully vaccinated by Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine or the two-dose series made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

More than 60 percent of adults have received at least one shot. President Biden set a goal on May 4 of reaching 70 percent of adults by July 4.

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Quad City Arts Promoting Opportunity For Artists To Combat Vaccine Hesitancy
Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.