Advocacy Update: May 13, 2020

By Leah Ball posted 05-13-2020 16:04


EdTA Advocacy Update
May 13, 2020

The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.


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COC Receives Grant to Fund Arts Integration Program for K-12 Education (SCVTV)

Colorado: Colorado theater companies are clinging to life and worry coronavirus will mean shows cannot go on (The Colorado Sun)

Connecticut: Connecticut Offers Arts Organizations A Road Map For Reopening (Connecticut Public Radio)

Masks, distancing & no buffets: CT arts office issues guidelines for events (New Haven Register)

Georgia: Georgia Council for the Arts announces CARES Act funding to support Georgia arts organizations (Savannah Business Journal)

Idaho: Arts Commission seeks nominations for Governor’s Awards in the Arts (Coeur d'Alene Press)

Illinois: Arts for Illinois Relief Fund gives $3.3M to artists, organizations (Newschannel 20)

Iowa: Iowa artists impacted by COVID-19 eligible for federal grants (NEWSRADIO 1040 WHO)

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs distributes emergency grants for artists and nonprofits (Washington County Enterprise and Pilot Tribune)

Maine: Maine arts and entertainment venues look ahead to raising the curtain, very slowly (Portland Press Herald

Massachusetts: Federal CARES Act Funds to Support Creative Youth Development Programs Across MA (Mass Cultural Council)

Minnesota: South St. Paul rallies to save theater director from $4.1M in school budget cuts (Pioneer Press)

Missouri: State of the arts: MAC head parses creative hardships (Columbia Daily Tribune)

New Hampshire: Struggling N.H. Arts Communities In Store For Emergency Grants, Some Federal Aid (New Hampshire Public Radio)

North Carolina: Artist Organizations Can Apply for Stimulus Relief Grants Friday (Indy Week)

Vermont: Mollie S. Burke and Sara Coffey: The importance of the creative economy in Vermont's recovery (Brattleboro Reformer)

Arts & cultural organizations project huge losses (Addison County Independent)



A Grant Program for States to Propose How to Expand Arts Courses Opportunities for K-12 Students - The U.S. Department of Education has announced applications for the Expanding Access to Well-Rounded Courses Demonstration Grants, which would allow select States to expand access to arts courses in K-12 schools. (Grantmakers in the Arts)

ArtScan at a Glance - This summary is updated annually to reflect changes in legislation concerning the arts in education. It includes arts education policies for all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. Complete results from this review are available in an online searchable database on the Arts Education Partnership website. (Education Commission of the States)

WESTAF Announces CARES Relief Fund for Organizations - The Western States Arts Federation has announced applications for grants for arts and cultural organizations in the West impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Daily Sentinel)


In Canada, Arts Nonprofits Find a Very Different Landscape than US - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has noted that increased government support for the arts enables artists to “continue to make us dream, particularly in dark times.” (Nonprofit Quarterly)


Envisioning the Future of Theater for Young Audiences - The National Endowment for the Arts released “Envisioning the Future of Theater for Young Audiences”, a publication detailing the challenges and opportunities faced by theaters in America focused on programming for young audiences. The report includes research on the powerful effects of exposure to theater for children and teens. (National Endowment for the Arts)

NEA Chair Talks Pandemic Response and the Road Ahead for the Arts - NEA chair Mary Anne Carter shares her thoughts on the state of the arts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. (BroadwayWorld)

Replay The Webinar: Updates On Back-to-school Protocols, Funding Realities And Advocacy Response - Webinar presented by The NAMM Foundation in collaboration with NAfME. Offers updates on projections for timelines and protocols for school reopening, urgent realities concerning education funding, and the launch of advocacy messages and efforts to ensure music education continues to be a vital learning opportunity for all children. (NAMM Foundation)

The importance of art - An article citing the importance of art as it relates to education, our culture, and our lives. (The Daily Utah Chronicle)