Advocacy Update: June 30, 2020

By Leah Ball posted 06-30-2020 09:38


EdTA Advocacy Update
June 30, 2020

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


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British Columbia: Northern arts, culture and support during COVID-19 (Dawson Creek Mirror)

Connecticut: Despite Phase Two Of Reopening, Connecticut Arts Organizations Still Struggling (Connecticut Public Radio)

Indiana: Arts Commission Distributes CARES Relief Funds (Inside INdiana Business )

Maine: National endowment allots nearly $1 million to Maine arts groups (Portland Press Herald)

Artists, humanities and cultural groups get more money from state, national sources (Portland Press Herald)

Mississippi: MAC calls for Governor's Arts Awards nominations (The Commercial Dispatch)

New Jersey: New Jersey First in Nation to Provide Educators with Social and Emotional Framework tied to Arts Education (Cision PR Web)

New Mexico: Organizations Across New Mexico Receive Funding From the National Endowment for the Arts (BroadwayWorld Albuquerque)

New York: #ArtsAreEssential Campaign Calls for Arts Organizations to Help Keep Arts Education Funding in NYC Budget (BroadwayWorld) 

Brannan wants more art and music education in schools (Brooklyn Reporter)

South Dakota: Artist Emergency Relief Fund Created By Arts South Dakota (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan)

Tennessee: Tennessee arts organizations to get federal CARES Act funds (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Wyoming: Wyoming's Division of Cultural Resources adapts, excels during COVID-19 (Jackson Hole Buckrail)



New Nationwide “United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund" to Give Arts Organizations a Critical Lifeline During Pandemic - The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced $10 million in emergency grants to launch a new United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund to support small to midsize arts organizations across the country. (The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)

Arts Midwest Announces 2020-21 Shakespeare in American Communities Grants - $1.17 million will support virtual and in-person Shakespeare programming for youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Arts Midwest)

EdTA Releases Guide for Reopening School Theatre Programs - The Educational Theatre Association has released its Recommendations for Reopening School Theatre Programs guide. Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is intended to help schools nationwide decide how to best restart their theatre programs safely in the fall and into the future. (Educational Theatre Association)



U.K.: Drama-based resources help Kingston University nursing students to cope with coronavirus pandemic - A collaboration between Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Kingston University in London has led to the creation of a set of drama-based resources to help nursing students working during the COVID-19 pandemic. (News-Medical.Net)



Why Field Trips And Arts Education Aren't Just Frills - Multiple recent studies show a range of benefits for students engaging in cultural experiences. (Forbes)

Can Socially Distanced Theatre Still Teach Social Skills? - Two theatre training programs for adults and young people with intellectual disabilities adapted their work during the pandemic lockdown. (American Theatre)

Tony Award-Recognized Educator Corey Mitchell Wins Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award - North Carolina theatre teacher Corey Mitchell has been named the inaugural recipient of the Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the ASCAP Foundation and the Educational Theatre Association. (Playbill)