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Topic: COVID-19

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…

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…

June 2, 2020

Oklahoma: Online Arts Curricula

Photo courtesy Oklahoma Arts Council The Oklahoma Arts Council recently issued a call for proposals to commission online fine arts teaching modules. Oklahoma teaching artists with demonstrated education experience were recently invited to develop creative curricula that can be used by Oklahoma students, parents and teachers for distance learning as well…

June 2, 2020

Puerto Rico: Cultura Virtual

The Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP) is engaging families across the archipelago of Puerto Rico through Cultura Virtual, an online initiative that shares locally sourced creative content. It draws inspiration from the highly successful Cultura Rodante program, which was developed as an emergency program in response to Hurricanes Irma and María in September 2017, then…

June 2, 2020

New Mexico: Veteran Artists Thank First Responders

Crush, in bronze by Mark Yale Harris, PFC First Class, U.S. Army. Harris writes, “Thank you to the true heroes on the front line. They are the individuals who are keeping the country running.” The Art in Public Places program of New Mexico Arts has facilitated the creation and installation of…

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