3 NEW COVID EX(change)s

for Americans for the Arts Members



Americans for the Arts announces a new set of free peer dialogues to facilitate member exchange around COVID-19 challenges and recovery strategies. These facilitated peer exchanges are a benefit exclusively for Americans for Arts members to share challenges, tap your network for solutions, and hear about practical ideas and actions.


Creative Economy

June 9, 4:00 – 5:15 EDT [Click here]

This COVID EX(change) is designed to connect people whose work focuses on fostering inclusive creative economy practices, i.e. practices that center marginalized individuals in the pursuit of reaching their full potential based on their own creativity; and how that work may be shifting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These practices may include but are not limited to planning, policy, funding, public and private programmatic work, and arts incubators, etc.


Local Arts Agencies serving large cities/regions (population over 350K)

June 15, 1:00 – 2:15 EDT [Click here]

This COVID EX(change) is designed to connect staff of member LAAs beyond executive directors who participate in USUAF, i.e. staff overseeing programming, grant programs, community engagement, artist services, etc.


Community Arts Centers, Programming and Presenting Organizations

June 16, 1:00 – 2:15 EDT [Click here]

This COVID EX(change) is designed as an opportunity for the array of arts and cultural organizations that serve the cultural interests of their local communities and neighborhoods as arts centers, museums, presenters through events, festivals, exhibitions, classes, and other programming.                                                       


The conversation with your peers will explore challenges and positive actions regarding but not limited to:


Video calls are geared for staff members who have a good overview of agency work and community needs at this time (e.g. EDs, program directors). Calls are limited to 30 people to allow for full participation; please just one individual per organization.


Register on ArtsU for the EX(change) relevant to your organization by clicking above. Please note that registration will be limited to the first 30 participants for each event, so we recommend registering promptly.


AFTA members may also use this link to access the above list and register: https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/Members 


These conversations complement Americans for the Arts’ recent field surveys and will inform our programs and services, messaging, and policy efforts. We’ll also be listening for stories and examples to share with the field regarding how cultural organizations and artists are taking effective actions that make legible the crucial role for art and artists and bolster the value proposition of supporting art and artists in policy decisions.


Thank you and register now as space for each exchange is limited!




Jerelle Jenkins

Local Arts Services Coordinator

Americans for the Arts

202.371.2830 x2086

Pronouns: she/her/hers