Advocacy Update: June 1, 2020

By Leah Ball posted 06-01-2020 16:18


EdTA Advocacy Update
June 1, 2020

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


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Arizona: Phoenix Approves $2.6 Million In Coronavirus Relief For The Arts (KJZZ)

Arkansas: Grants up to $15,000 targeting arts groups (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

California: California Arts Advocates Make Case for Artists as 'Second Responders' to Pandemic (KQED)

Hawaii: New survey outlines Covid's impact on Hawaii arts organizations (Pacific Business News) 

Illinois: Illinois House and Senate Safeguard 2020 Funding for Illinois Arts Council Agency (BroadwayWorld Chicago)

Iowa: Take the stage: Drama, school classes join baseball and softball in June 1 restart (Bellevue Herald Leader)

Louisiana: Special funding announced for Louisiana art's sector (KATC)

Michigan: Michigan arts and cultural groups share more than $586,000 in emergency grants (Crain’s Detroit)

Nevada: Federal art relief funds reach Nevada (Double Scoop)

New Hampshire: Uncertainty has New Hampshire's entertainment industry on alert (NH Business Review)

New Jersey: New Jersey State Council on the Arts Announces CARES Act Funds for Arts Organizations (New Jersey Stage)

North Carolina: N.C. major venues team up to plan for eventual return of events (News & Record)

Rhode Island: RI receives federal funds to support arts, cultural groups (Cranston Herald)

South Dakota: Apply for Arts relief funding (Capital Journal)

Wyoming: Wyoming arts and humanities organizations to receive federal relief funds (Casper Star Tribune)


US Mayors Petition Congress for Arts Funding in Next Federal Relief Package - Twenty-three mayors of cities across the United States have signed a joint letter to Congress urging the government to provide more aid to artists, arts workers, and cultural organizations in the next federal stimulus package. (Artforum)

EdTA Endorses Arts Education is Essential Statement Signed by 52 National Organizations - EdTA is one of 52 national organizations that signed the document, which notes the pivotal uplifting role the arts have already played during the health crisis, and the value that arts education experiences can have for traditionally underrepresented students as they return to school in coming school year. (Educational Theatre Association)



Canada: Canada Council head Simon Brault talks emergency funding, the need for innovation, and areas of concern in the age of COVID - Interview with Simon Brault about the state of the arts, the most vulnerable groups, and how the sector must act as a laboratory for innovation in a post-pandemic age. (Georgia Straight)

United Kingdom: Coronavirus could mean the final curtain for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre - Neil Constable, chief executive of the Globe, assumes most or all of the summer season, which runs from April through October and generates most of its annual revenue, might be lost. (Independent)



How Will the Arts Industry Overcome a $6.8 Billion Loss? - A new study culls data from 35,000 United States nonprofit arts organizations with annual operating budgets over $50,000 reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture sector faces an estimated $6.8 billion loss. (KQED)

Needs Improvment Battle serves as protest against cuts to drama department - After Brookline High School Committee’s decision to issue reduction-in-force notices to faculty in the visual arts, Health and Fitness, Career and Technical Education (CTE), library and Performing Arts departments, alumni and current drama students created a virtual show to rally behind teachers and arts programs, and express their gratitude to the performing arts departments. (The Sagamore)