Advocacy Update: April 14, 2020

By Leah Ball posted 04-14-2020 14:59


EdTA Advocacy Update
April 14, 2020

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Alabama: The epidemic and the arts: ‘a very different storm’ ( 

Arizona: UA music professor to serve on National Council for the Arts (The Daily Wildcat)

Colorado: Coronavirus losses wreak havoc on Denver arts and culture organizations (The Know)

Connecticut: New Survey Finds Coronavirus Hitting Connecticut’s Creative Sector Particularly Hard (Connecticut Public Radio)

Gig economy, artists welcome unemployment payments, but face an unknowable future (The Connecticut Mirror)

Illinois: Arts For Illinois Relief Fund To Support Artists, Artisans, And Cultural Organizations Impacted By COVID-19 (Chicago Defender)

Michigan: The coronavirus has cost Michigan's art scene more than $850,000 so far, according to survey (Detroit Metro Times)

Minnesota: The Minnesota State Art Board's Sue Gens: 'I'm so grateful to the arts community' (MinnPost)

Nevada: Survey: Nevada arts industry reports nearly $2M loss from coronavirus so far (Reno Gazette Journal)

Oklahoma: Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Allied Arts launches The Central Oklahoma Arts Relief Fund (The Oklahoman)

Oregon: State agency planning arts relief fund (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Rhode Island: COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund established for RI (Cranston Herald)

Utah: Utah festivals get delayed or canceled, groups say stay home now to make sure summer isn't ruined (Fox 13 Salt Lake City)

Vermont: Vermont Art Online Creates a New Virtual Portal for Vermont Arts & Culture (The North Star Monthly)

Washington DC: Local Arts Groups Rely on Community Funding in the Absence of Government Support (Washington City Paper)

Wisconsin: Coronavirus: A law affects the business of the arts in NE Wisconsin (WFRV Local 5)


National Arts Action Summit Goes Digital - Americans for the Arts has opened registration for their brand-new experience for arts advocates to engage virtually. The first ever National Arts Action Digital Summit includes three plenary and ten issue-specific webinars live April 27 to May 1, 2020. (Americans for the Arts)

Opportunities for STEAM Education Through ESSA and Perkins V
- One-page Policy Outline that provides a brief overview of ways in which states and districts can use ESSA and Perkins V funds to support STEAM education. (Education Commission of the States)

New Funding Starts to Flow for Artists and Cultural Groups Facing Calamity
- Overview of some noteworthy efforts to create new emergency funds for organizations and artists and also repurpose existing funds for COVID-19-related efforts. (Inside Philanthropy)

The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Cost American Arts Organizations a Collective $4.5 Billion So Far, a New Study Says
- Arts and culture organizations across the country are estimated to have lost a combined $4.5 billion because of the health crisis so far, according to an ambitious new survey conducted by the Americans for the Arts. (ArtNet News)

American Theatre Wing Launches Relief Funds for Theatre Artists, Regional Theatres and More
- The American Theatre Wing outlines its National COVID-19 Response Effort to help support and sustain the theatre community at both the local and national level. (BroadwayWorld)


How Are Governments Supporting Art Workers During the Pandemic? - National governments around the world have announced economic stimulus and support measures in response to COVID-19. (Ocula)


“Remake the Model.” Philanthropy and the Arts After Coronavirus - A cross-section of foundations, nonprofits and arts advocates weigh in on how to ensure that the sector emerges stronger and more sustainable after this crisis. (Inside Philanthropy)

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman's Corner Podcast: April 2, 2020
- NEA Chairman Mary Anne Carter talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community and the 75 million dollars the National Endowment for the Arts received from Congress in the CARES Act to award to the nonprofit arts sector. (National Endowment for the Arts)

Got Masks? Theatre Costume Shops Join Fight Against COVID-19
- With theatre closures across the country, production staffers are joining the national effort of sewing masks and donating PPE to support healthcare workers. (American Theatre)

Pacific Northwest Arts Group to Launch a "Netflix" for Local Performances
- A new platform called Northwest Arts Streaming Hub creates a central digital space where Pacific Northwest artists and organizations can rebroadcast old work or stream live performances for audiences. (The Stranger)