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September 1, 2021

New Jersey, Maryland, Puerto Rico, Vermont: Virtual Art Exhibitions

2021 New Jersey Arts Annual: ReVision and Respond exhibition featured artist Beatrice Stenta, 500,000 and Rising (originally 350,000 and Rising), 2020. Collage, 36 x 36 x 1½ in. (91.44 x 91.44 x 3.81 cm.). Image courtesy of the artist. Multiple state arts agencies (SAAs) are offering virtual arts exhibitions to increase…

September 1, 2021

Colorado: Community Revitalization Grant

Salida is one of Colorado’s first creative districts. Photo courtesy Colorado Creative Industries In June 2021, the state of Colorado enacted S.B. 21-252, creating the Colorado Community Revitalization program to fund creative projects that would spur economic development in mixed-use commercial centers. Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), in collaboration with the Colorado…

August 3, 2021

South Carolina: Learning Initiative Partnership

Storytelling and theatre artists lead a summer arts camp for 1st- through 5th-grade students in rural Williston, South Carolina, thanks to a partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission. Photo courtesy of South Carolina Arts Commission COVID-19 continues to have an adverse impact on students, families, educators, and school communities across…

August 3, 2021

Idaho: Mexican Music Project

 Musician Damian Rodriguez features in this mini-documentary film as part of the Mexican Music Project with Idaho Commission on the Arts. Video courtesy Idaho Commission on the Arts The Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA) is dedicated to creating meaningful, authentic relationships with traditional arts communities across Idaho. As part of this drive, the…

August 3, 2021

Massachusetts: Recovery Recommendations

Calpulli Mexican Dance performs at Jacob’s Pillow. Photo by Hayim Heron In January 2021, the state of Massachusetts enacted legislation establishing the Massachusetts COVID-19 Cultural Impact Commission—a special legislative commission charged with developing strategies for the recovery, growth and vitality of the creative sector in the commonwealth. Cochaired by state Sen.…

July 7, 2021

Kansas: Organizational Mentorship for the Arts

David Justin from Kansas City Ballet works with dancers and staff from Wichita. Photo courtesy of Ballet Wichita State and federal arts funding often is restricted to organizations holding 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. Many arts groups worthy of public support, however, exist outside of the formal 501(c)(3) business…

July 7, 2021

Oklahoma: Wellbeing Committee and Resources

“Help Your House” video raises awareness of mental health. Video by Oklahoma House of Representatives, courtesy Oklahoma Museums Association. The posting of this video does not imply endorsement by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The Oklahoma Wellbeing Committee is the result of a new partnership between the Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC), Oklahoma Museums Association, Oklahoma…

July 7, 2021

Pennsylvania: Music Therapy for Frontline Workers

Photo by Denise Jans for Unsplash The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the mental health of frontline health care workers who have been caring for large numbers of acutely ill patients. A survey conducted by Mental Health America from June to September 2020 reported that 93% of health…

June 2, 2021

Florida: Grant-making Task Force

Many state arts agencies across the nation are assessing their grant programs and practices to identify ways to make funding more equitable and improve access to arts resources. The work undertaken by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in this area is a recent example. In January 2020, DCA appointed a Grant-making Task Force…

June 2, 2021

Louisiana: Bayou Culture Collaborative

Janie Luster is a master palmetto basket weaver and cultural preservationist of the United Houma Nation. Photo courtesy Louisiana Division of the Arts Louisiana is facing the most acute coastal erosion crisis in the nation. Every 100 minutes, an area equivalent to a football field disappears from the Louisiana coastline. In…

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