Good Afternoon,


Here is the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) news update.



Marissa Shadburn

Field Education Coordinator

Americans for the Arts

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From: Jerelle Jenkins <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:14 PM




Here’s the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) news…


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The performing arts sector is encountering an unprecedented challenge for hosting in-person events safely during this global pandemic, climate crises, and recession. Fortunately, these calamities offer the opportunity for artists and presenters to employ their creativity and ingenuity to develop new types of shared experiences. These free PAR webinar sessions will begin with a framework to help guide decision makers to either modify or virtualize their gatherings using case studies from Denver’s 5 Points Jazz Festival (May 2020) and Alabama’s Women in Jazz Festival (September 2020). Webinars will explore the experiences and hard-won wisdom related to re-opening venues, making audiences feel safe, and exploring new operational protocols for venues and artists.


It will take several years, but the Coachella Valley will bounce back from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. When it does, the local economy with be healthier, more diverse, and better educated and prepared to weather the uncertainties of the future. How will we get there? To answer to this complicated question, Palm Springs Life partnered with the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and the law firm Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney to produce the webinar series The Economic Future of the Coachella Valley, featuring leaders from cross-section of the region’s most critical industries.


Emergency response can be a daunting prospect for performing arts organizations. This webinar will lay out the basic tenets of responding to an emergency including support organizations, working with vendors, and helpful resources for organization and planning. There will also be a brief introduction to the Incident Command System so that performing arts centers can work more seamlessly with their local first responders.


COVID-19 has negatively affected the financials of many communities. These same communities have already implemented many quick wins such as eliminating travel and discretionary spend, cutting personnel costs, and pausing capital expenditures. Looking to the future, how can these same communities maximize CARES Act funding while continuing to address potential declining revenues and ongoing increased expenses? Join us to learn from your peers and Crowe’s local government consulting practice leaders to discuss strategies and tools that can help you continue to navigate your path forward.










Thanks for reading. We hope you find this news digest to be a helpful tool to navigate this very complex situation, and welcome feedback at If you were forwarded this and want to sign up for the Local Arts Network listserv to receive it directly, click here.



Jerelle Jenkins

Local Arts Services Coordinator

Americans for the Arts



Because of COVID-19, many performing arts organizations are considering livestreaming events or presenting prerecorded performances online, but there are many legal issues for presenters and artists to consider before moving into this new realm of arts programming. On Wednesday, September 16 from 12-1 pm, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and Georgia Council for the Arts are presenting a webinar on the Legal Issues of Livestreaming. This session will present a broad overview of the issues performing arts organizations and artists should consider before livestreaming or presenting taped events. Participants may ask questions of the presenter.


Starting SmART: Strategies for Dealing with the Money Side of Your Creativity is a six-week process to jumpstart excellent financial habits for your creative career. Each session will address a common financial question faced by creative entrepreneurs through an action-oriented answer. Participants will receive materials and personalized answers to their questions throughout. All sessions will be recorded, so participants can catch up if they miss a session.


Billing and payment preferences for citizens are evolving, a trend that was true before COVID and that has been accelerated by the pandemic. Now, with the push to move services online, local officials must understand how preferences and security concerns differ across generations, what new payment methods are emerging and how to serve all citizens within the county. This webinar, developed in partnership with ACI Worldwide and the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers, and Finance Officers, will address these issues and share consumer research findings on each topic.


ON DEMAND - 2020 Awakening: Reimagining Art for the New Normal Hosted by Artist Relief, members of For Freedoms and the Wide Awakes joined to discuss the art community's role in the age of COVID and the possibilities ahead. In this current moment and new era, how can art serve efforts toward equality, justice, and healing?