Advocacy Update: August 13, 2020

By Leah Ball posted 08-13-2020 10:39


EdTA Advocacy Update
August 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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Governor's Arts Awards open for nominations (Jonesboro Sun)

Indiana: Lt. Governor Crouch Launches Arts, Cultural & Destination Marketing Organization Support Grants (Eagle Country 99.3)

Kentucky: Kentucky Arts Industry Leaders Lobby Federal Government For Relief (89.3 WFPL)

Massachusetts: 2020 Econ Dev Bond Bill Has $31M in Play for Cultural Sector Recovery (Mass Cultural Council)

Minnesota: Federal dollars help keep Minnesota arts groups afloat during pandemic (Star Tribune)

Missouri: Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe receives 2020 Public Leadership in the Arts Award (Ozark Radio News)

Nebraska: Editorial: Nebraska begins a smart strategy to boost local arts economies (Omaha World-Herald)

New Jersey: 'Keep Jersey Arts Alive' Campaign Urges Support for the Arts as Pandemic Forces Continued Closures (PRWeb)

New Mexico: New Mexico Arts Awards $1.5 Million Statewide (Sante Fe Reporter)

Ohio: Ohio Arts Council Board approves more than $12.5M in arts grants (The Highland County Press)

Oklahoma: Oklahoma Arts Council offering funding for state schools to buy arts supplies (The Oklahoman)

South Carolina: SC Arts Commission grants $4.1 million to support arts and cultural work in 41 counties (Charleston City Paper)

South Dakota: Shuttered S.D. theater groups suffering financially and emotionally during pandemic (Capital Journal)

Wisconsin: Wisconsin arts and culture groups may struggle to survive pandemic, policy report concludes (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)



Covid-19 impact on US creative economy 'disproportionately' affects fine and performing arts, report finds - A new study from the Brookings Institution estimates losses of $150 billion in creative industry revenue. (The Art Newspaper)

204 Chambers of Commerce Deliver Letter in Support of Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations - A second letter of support for arts and culture in the new COVID-19 relief package has been completed by 204 local Chambers of Commerce in all 50 states. (Americans for the Arts)


This is the wrong time to cut arts education - “The arts help students creatively engage with their classmates and communities, help combat isolation, and allow students to process their feelings and express themselves in ways that help them make sense of what’s happening in the world.” (CommonWealth Magazine)

Creative Skills Top Survey of Managers and HR Professionals - “Soft skills such as creativity and collaboration—skills that benefit from participation in the arts and arts education—were found to be top priorities among managers and HR professionals.” (Americans for the Arts)

'Be An #ArtsHero' Calls for $43.85 Billion in Relief; Letter to Senators of the 116th Congress Reaches Nearly 10,000 Signatures - “The industry has coalesced around the "Be An #ArtsHero" OPEN LETTER TO THE SENATORS OF THE 116TH U.S. CONGRESS… which has gained nearly 10,000 signatures.” (Broadway World)