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“COVID-19 Outdoor Safety Events Program Underway” – Redhead Black Belt


Corresponding image: The 2021 Samba Parade, by Matt Filar for the Mad River Union.

The city of Arcata has implemented the COVID-19 Safe Outdoor Events program with funds received from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) law to support outdoor events in the community.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Arcata’s favorite local events have been canceled, negatively impacting local event organizers, venues, nonprofits, musicians , creators, performers and artists who depend on community events for fundraising and income.

Understanding the need to offer support to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City received $ 114,380 in CARES law funds to provide staff and resources to facilitate safe outdoor events, including plays, festivals, music, fairs, performing arts, dance, art markets, outdoor recreation and other community events. Funds received may also cover City permit fees depending on location and event requirements.

The city has contracted with Arcata’s local arts agency, Playhouse Arts, to implement the program, and the contract with Playhouse Arts will run for two years or until funds run out.

Of the new program, Deputy Director of Community Development Jennifer Dart said, “There are so many wonderful and unique events that Arcata is known for. The Kinetic Carving Race, Oyster Festival, Fairy Festival, North Country Fair, and Fourth of July Jubilee are just a few events that we all miss. COVID-related security concerns have impacted the ability to host many of our beloved events, and this grant will help events large and small run safely not only to bring the community together for celebrate again, but to offer some relief to those who have lost income due to the pandemic.

To date, the program has already offered support to the Arcata Main Street Sunday Art Markets, the 2021 Samba Parade, Sanctuary’s Puppet Slam, CUNA’s Carlson Park Adoption Celebration and the finale of Arcata Playhouse’s Migrations performance. Upcoming supported festivities include the Arcata Main Street Halloween event in the Plaza, Día de los Muertos community activities at Centro del Pueblo, and the Six Rivers Montessori School Fall Festival in Valley West .

Local event coordinators and organizations are encouraged to email [email protected] to inquire about the use of funding or equipment for the COVID-19 Safe Outdoor Events program. Established events and new event ideas are welcome. For more information, please contact the Community Development Department at (707) 822-5955.