Here’s the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) news…
A reminder that we are circulating this news digest weekly on Tuesday. We are continuing to update the Resource Center on a regular basis. If you see interesting or helpful items or have a resource to share, please email me at
We invite you to share this news roundup with your networks and colleagues.
- #artcreateshope. Tell us how
the arts create hope for you! Share your story on social media of the arts creating hope in your life. Don't forget to tag @americans4arts and include
#ArtsCreateHope in your posts. Need a little inspiration? Use our sample language and download images to get your social post started.
- COVID-19’s Impact on The Arts Research Update: November 23, 2020 The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on America’s
arts sector. Since the first U.S. case was reported on January 20, 2020 cancellations and closings are taking place at thousands of arts organizations across the country, and two-thirds of the nation’s artists are now unemployed. Americans for the Arts leads
the three premier national studies tracking the human and financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the arts.
- How the Work of Americans for the Arts Is Addressing the Urgent
Challenges of 2020: In 2020, Americans for the Arts continued its commitment to our vision and planned work, while also pivoting and taking on new, urgent work like so many of our 5,000 member organizations. Here are highlights of some key areas of
this new and urgent work.
- To Rebuild and Reimagine the United States Post-Pandemic, We Must Put Creative Workers to Work,” a policy proposal developed with over 100 partners throughout the creative community to
Put Creative Workers to Work in the national recovery—activating the creative economy and drawing upon the creative energies of the country’s 5.1 million creative workers to energize Americans, reimagine how communities can thrive, and improve the lives
of all. Click here to view the full proposal, and follow the endorsement link at the top to submit your endorsement. You can sign on as either an individual or as an authorized representative for
- OFFICE HOURS! Extended through the end of this year on Fridays (excluding holidays) from 11:00a to 12:00p EDT. Join Nina Ozlu Tunceli
with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund to get answers to your most pressing questions about navigating the CARES Act relief programs. Check the link for any additional dates or occasional blackout dates.
- CARES Act Table of Federal Arts Funding Opportunities – This helpful table breaks
down the CARES Act so you can determine which funding opportunities apply to you, whether you represent a nonprofit organization, a governmental agency, a commercial arts company, a self-employed gig worker, or just a taxpayer. The table is regularly updated
and links to helpful FAQs are listed on the last page.
- Book Nina
for your next local, state, or national webinar related to CARES Act funding for the arts and/or ArtsVote 2020 legislative and political activities. Free for members.
- Please complete our revised COVID-19 survey for organizations. It still collects the critical up-to-date estimates
that we need for our collective advocacy efforts. However, we’ve removed less relevant questions and added short sections on re-opening plans and the impact of the
racial equity movement. You can keep up with the survey results by visiting the project
dashboard as well as by downloading a handy
1-page summary of all our COVID-19 impact research. Link to Revised Survey:
- Sample plans for reopening: AFTA is collecting and sharing reopening plans. Some communities are closer than others to restarting businesses and allowing the public back into museums and cultural
sites. As we receive examples of plans to reopen (please send them to
firstname.lastname@example.org), we will be sharing them on the resource center.
(We will feature new offerings here – free to low-cost opportunities. Previous listings have been moved down to below the signature)
Join Lucas Cowan, Greenway Conservancy Director & Curator of Public Art, and members of the Greenway Public Art Advisory Group in an engaging exploration of the importance of public art during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn more about the ways in which artists and arts administrators are working to adapt, collaborate, create, and plan ahead for public art in this unprecedented time.
THEATRE & DANCE
- RoCo Artist Grant:
Up to $2,000 and will be made only to applicants living in Rockingham County, NC. Deadline: Nov. 25.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
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
email@example.com. If you were forwarded this and want to sign up for the Local Arts Network listserv to receive it directly,
Local Arts Services Coordinator
Americans for the Arts