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Topic: COVID-19

March 3, 2021

Washington, Vermont: COVID-19 Relief Reporting

Through the course of 2020, state arts agencies (SAAs) across the nation distributed relief funds and retooled their ongoing grant programs to support cultural organizations and artists during COVID-19. The National Endowment for the Arts Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocation made relief funding possible for all states and jurisdictions, and SAAs…

February 2, 2021

New Hampshire: Makerspace Network

An artist participating in the Artist in Residence program at Claremont MakerSpace, funded through a NHSCA FY2019 General Projects Grant. Photo courtesy of New Hampshire State Council on the Arts The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA) is committed to uplifting maker spaces as both communal creative spaces and…

January 5, 2021

Nebraska: Historic Posters Reimagined

Poster by Bart Vargas Nebraska has a long history of circulating posters encouraging social action. During times of crisis, conflict and change, posters have been an inexpensive and accessible medium for public messaging around topics like rationing, volunteerism and solidarity. Recognizing that 2020 has been a year of challenge and change,…

December 1, 2020

Tennessee: COVID-19 Arts Resilience Grant

City of Winchester’s fiscal year 2020 Creative Placemaking Grant, titled “Dear Hearts and Gentle People” Alley Mural with Lighting. Photo by Yvonne Stewart The Tennessee Arts Commission launched a new funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations and local governments to help mitigate the devastating impact of the pandemic on Tennessee’s civic life…

November 3, 2020

Maine: Audience Outlook Survey

Several state arts agencies across the country have conducted surveys to study the impact of COVID-19 on arts organizations and artists, however the Audience Outlook survey led by the Maine Arts Commission is notable because of its unique emphasis on audience needs and perceptions. The Maine Arts Commission recently released results of the survey, which…

November 3, 2020

Pennsylvania: Creative Business Loan Fund

A professional dancer is recorded in a studio. Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts In an exciting new opportunity for small creative businesses across Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) has organized the Creative Business Loan Fund. This Creative Business Loan is the direct result of…

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…

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