Finding Funding for Public Art in a Pandemic

Recorded On: 06/24/2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
4:00 p.m. EDT

About this Session

In this session, attendees will learn how to find funding for public art organizations and projects as we all wade through the numerous resources and support coming out in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to identify funds for the response to and recovery from the pandemic.


Ruby Lopez Harper, Americans for the Arts

This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference

Ruby Lopez Harper

Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement, Americans for the Arts

Ruby is the Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. She is also on the board of the Gard Foundation. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH. At the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ruby focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts and was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Central Ohio. She also worked with PhilanthropyOhio on their Member Services Committee.

Originally from California, where she was a dance instructor in her spare time, Ruby worked with local community theatre companies creating choreography for their musical theatre productions earning numerous local, state and regional recognition for her work both on and offstage. She has and continues to serve on grant panels for the Ohio Arts Council, Kentucky Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, MetroArts Nashville and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ruby has an associate degree from Cerritos College, a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, and is a trained meeting facilitator.


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