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April 7, 2020

Sustaining Public Engagement during COVID-19

Cultural participation is a crucial ingredient for maintaining social cohesion, bolstering community resiliency and finding hope during times of crisis. To help artists and arts organizations facilitate arts engagement despite widespread COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, many state arts agencies are promoting virtual arts events that allow individuals and families to experience the arts online.…

April 7, 2020

Virtual Marketplaces and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is placing severe restrictions on public gatherings and physical interactions. Those limits in turn curtail opportunities for traditional face-to-face commerce. To help the arts sector address this new reality, state arts agencies are establishing virtual marketplaces and helping artists develop new platforms for online retail. Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina all offer…

April 7, 2020

COVID-19 State Impact Research

While a variety of national surveys are attempting to assess the effects of COVID-19 on the arts, many state arts agencies are conducting state level research to get an early read on the economic impact of the pandemic. Such surveys are being used to inform policy dialogues with state elected officials as well as to…

April 7, 2020

COVID-19 Grant Adaptations

State arts agencies are adapting their grant making to help the arts field adapt to unforeseen circumstances stemming from COVID-19. These strategies include accelerating grant payments, extending deadlines, waiving matching requirements and revising grant parameters to allow more flexibility in using award dollars. Several state arts agencies—including Maine, Arizona and Colorado—also are developing programs dedicated…

March 2, 2020

Virgin Islands: Made in the USVI Pop-Up Store

The Made in the USVI Pop-Up Store sells handmade wares from creative entrepreneurs. The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) and the Virgin Islands Enterprise Zone Commission, an entity of the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA), have collaborated to sponsor a Made in the USVI Pop-Up Store. The…

March 2, 2020

California: Innovations + Intersections

Photo by Michal Czerwonkan, courtesy of CAC grantee SCI-Arc The California Arts Council (CAC) recently announced a new Innovations + Intersections pilot program. This unique grant program offers funding for arts organizations to fuse technology or wellness into arts projects addressing society’s most urgent challenges. The initiative aims to use the…

March 2, 2020

Virginia: Leveraging Local Investment

Daniel Stover, cofounder of Staufferstadt Arts, showcases the results of the Staufferstadt Mural Project. County and municipal support for the arts are critical ingredients in public-sector support for the arts. To incentivize local investment, the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) offers Creative Communities Partnership Grants. This program challenges Virginia’s county,…

February 6, 2020

Pennsylvania: Creative Communities Program

(Left to right) Whole Life Services CEO Cindy Vogan, Pennsylvania Sen. Michele Brooks, Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Longietti, Director of Gannon University SBDC Maggie Horn and representatives from Rep. Mike Kelly’s office at the Sharon Community announcement. Photo by Sarah Merritt, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts…

February 6, 2020

North Dakota: Creative Placemaking: Joining ND's Eight Regions

“Creative Placemaking: Joining the State’s Eight Regions” is a new initiative of the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA). This multiyear effort will use public art as a vehicle for rural community development. Entropical Paradise – Enchanted Highway, North Dakota. Photo by Gary Greff North Dakota is comprised of eight…

January 6, 2020

Arkansas: Veterans Arts Grant

Author Janis Kearney leads a memoir writing workshop for veterans during a pilot program that brought more arts to veterans in 2018. The Arkansas Arts Council recently launched a new grant initiative to increase access to the arts for Arkansas’s military veterans. Among more than 21 million veterans who live in…

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