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Topic: COVID-19

September 2, 2020

New Jersey, Missouri, Nebraska: COVID-19 Guidance for Resuming Arts Activities

Arts and culture play a vital role in crisis recovery and collective well-being. There is currently a high level of interest in learning how to reopen the arts sector after the programming reductions forced by COVID-19. However, resuming arts activities and reopening cultural venues require addressing a kaleidoscope of ever-changing circumstances. Reopening practices necessitate taking…

August 3, 2020

Oregon, Utah, Vermont: Supplementary COVID-19 Relief

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act included $150 billion in federal funding assistance for states and localities. These dollars (separate from funds distributed through the National Endowment for the Arts) are available to help state and county governments address unanticipated costs of COVID-19. States may elect to use some of the funds…

July 8, 2020

Connecticut: Artists Respond Grant Program

Connecticut Artists Respond grantee Rashmi Talpade is providing an online photo-collage workshop. Photo by Rashmi Talpade, May 2020 Using a combination of state and federal funds, the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) developed the Connecticut Artists Respond Grants program to harness the creative energies of artists and teaching artists to…

July 8, 2020

South Dakota: Residencies for Recovery

Artists paint a mural titled Wanahca, the Lakota word for flower that blooms. This mural portrays a Native woman breathing life into the rest of the scene. She is seen braiding her hair, which flows into the Missouri River. The photo features project facilitator Amber Hansen, community member Anita Laxmi Sh…

July 8, 2020

Idaho, Oregon, Washington: Creative Borrowing Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented arts organizations with unprecedented financial challenges. Their primary sources of income—program earnings and contributions—are likely strained or delayed, and their ability to fundraise has been limited. ArtsWA, the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission recently partnered to present a webinar, Creative Borrowing for Your COVID-19 Comeback, that discussed how nonprofit organizations can…

May 7, 2020

Washington, Texas, South Carolina, Vermont: State CARES Act Arts Programs

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act included $75 million in COVID-19 relief funds to be distributed through the National Endowment for the Arts. To achieve broad and inclusive access to federal funds, Congress requires 40% of the Arts Endowment’s grant budget to be allocated to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations—a…

May 7, 2020

Colorado, Iowa: Student Engagement during COVID-19

In addition to supporting general public participation in the arts during COVID-19 shutdowns, state arts agencies are finding creative ways to address the specific needs of students and children. Colorado and Iowa offer two examples. Colorado Face Mask Design Challenge Face mask design by Mack, age 9, from Centennial, Colorado Face…

May 7, 2020

Indiana, Massachusetts: Stabilizing the Arts during (and after) COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic will have wide-ranging ripple effects for the creative sector. Artists and arts organizations must not only adapt to immediate losses of income, they also must reposition themselves for an uncertain future. Many state arts agencies are organizing technical assistance and education programs designed to support sound planning as well as present-day triage.…

April 7, 2020

Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island: 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

Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina: 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…

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