Advocacy Update: July 14, 2020

By Leah Ball posted 07-14-2020 10:45


EdTA Advocacy Update
July 14, 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: Arts Advocates Praise Governor Ducey's Decision to Allocate $2 Million For Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants (PrescotteNews)

California: State Board of Education Adopts New Guidance for Arts, World Languages Instruction (SCVTV)

Arts funding protected in state budget (The Union)

Connecticut: 11 Connecticut organizations get grants from National Endowment for the Arts totaling more than $1 million (Hartford Courant)

Delaware: Four Delaware Arts Organizations Receive $50,000 in CARES Act Funding (

Georgia: Georgia arts organizations receive CARES Act Resiliency Grant (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

148 art grants awarded by the Georgia Council for the Arts (Valdosta Today)

Idaho: Idaho Commission awards arts grants for the coming year (Local News 8) 

Indiana: National Endowment for the Arts Approves 12 Indiana Arts Organizations for $600,000 in CARES Act Funding (The Pilot News)

Maine: Maine arts organizations to benefit from $400,000 in grants through CARES Act (WABI TV5)

Maryland: Governor Hogan announces COVID-19 relief; Small businesses, education and non-profit (WBFF Fox 45)

Massachusetts: Safe Harbors Program Helps Secure $21M in Federal COVID Assistance for MA Cultural Nonprofits (Mass Cultural Council)

MA Cultural Organizations Report More than a Quarter Billion in Revenue Loss and 1000s of Jobs Impacted by COVID-19 (Mass Cultural Council)

Minnesota: 25 Minnesota art organizations to receive CARES Act funding (Pioneer Press)

Nevada: Nevada arts organizations receive $392K in grants to help with COVID-19 impact (KSNV News 3, Las Vegas)

New Jersey: Arts Ed NJ Issues 'September Ready Fall 2020 Guidance for Arts Education' (Benzinga)

New York: New York City's 2021 Budget Slashes Already Modest Funding for Public-School Arts Education by 70 Percent (artnet news)

NYSCA awards $490,000 in CARES Act funding to 49 arts organizations in 9 NYS regions, 23 counties (Niagara Frontier Publications)

North Carolina: NC Arts High School Graduation Requirement Signed into Law by Governor Cooper (Arts North Carolina)

Ohio: Angela Meleca's mission is to grow funding for Ohio's art scene (The Columbus Dispatch)

Oklahoma: Coronavirus in Oklahoma: More than 100 state nonprofit arts organization receive CARES Grants through Oklahoma Arts Council (The Oklahoman)

Pennsylvania: State arts council distributes $2.3 million to arts groups (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Cuts to the Arts Help Philadelphia Address Huge Budget Gap (The New York Times)

Vermont: Arts and Culture Nonprofits to Receive $5 Million in State Relief Grants (Seven Days)

Vermont Arts and Culture Organizations Awarded $600,000 in Relief Funding (Seven Days)

Virginia: VA Commission For The Arts Offers Emergency Relief Grant for Individual Artists (The Roanoke Star)

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Arts Board awards over $500,000 to 110 Wisconsin Arts Organizations (WJFW)

Wyoming: Wyoming Arts Council announces grant funding (Buckrail)

Wyoming Arts Council Announces Arts Learning Innovations Award (Kemmerer Gazette)



National Endowment for the Arts Approves Arts Organizations for CARES Act Funding - 855 organizations will receive a total of $44.5 million in non matching funds to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs. (National Endowment for the Arts)

Actors' Equity States That Broadway's Extended Suspension Demonstrates Need for Economic Arts Relief Package - Actors' Equity Association released a statement following the Broadway League's announcement extending Broadway's closure through at least January 3, 2021. (BroadwayWorld)



U.K.: UK Government Unveils $2BN Rescue Package For Theatres, Independent Cinemas & Arts Venues - The British government has announced an unprecedented rescue package for the country’s arts and culture venues. (Deadline)



Arts Midwest Awards Shakespeare in American Communities Grants - Of the $1.17 million grant funds, $1 million will be awarded to professional theatre companies partnering with schools, and $170,000 will be given to organizations partnering with facilities in the juvenile justice system. (American Theatre)

A grassroots call for government assistance for the arts - An intersectional grassroots social media campaign has been organized to mobilize a movement in support of emergency arts relief from the government. (DC Metro Theater Arts)