The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts has awarded $192,500 in CARES Emergency Relief Grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its related effects through the CARES Act. A total of 12 arts and cultural organizations and 15 U.S.V.I. artists were funded. These funds were awarded to provide short term financial relief to those in the arts, cultural, and creative industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
VICA's mission is to enrich the cultural life of the Virgin Islands through leadership that preserves, strengthens and makes accessible, excellence in the arts to all Virgin Islanders. The Council consists of a nine member Board of Directors which is appointed by the Governor of the Virgin Islands and confirmed by the Legislature. There are four members from St. Croix, four from St. Thomas and one from St. John.