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COVID-19 Resource Roundup: August 7 – 21

New funds available for Midwest arts organizations, a handbook for cultural activation, research updates, and a digital strategy guide. It’s all in this week’s resource roundup.


Photo: Attendee at the 2017 Arts Midwest Conference. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

In Case You Missed It

New Funds Available Through the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund
The United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund is a national recovery initiative helping under-resourced arts and culture organizations weather the COVID-19 crisis. Phase 2 of the fund will award grants of $10,000 to $50,000 to organizations with budgets between $50,000-$249,999 (pre-COVID19), prioritizing arts and cultural organizations in rural communities and organizations led by and/or serving indigenous people and people of color. Anyone may nominate an arts organization to receive an award by filling out a simple online form before August 28.

Lost Art: Measuring COVID-19’s Devastating Impact on America’s Creative Economy.
Looking for data to support making the case for increased investment in the arts and creative sector? Richard Florida and Michael Seman share new research finding in this new report from the Brookings Institution.

No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide
This illustrated resource points creators to ways they can make moving narratives that advance policy demands. It lays out frameworks and tools that support social change movements to harness the power of artists and culture makers in painting a picture of a more equitable and just future. It also highlights resources for artists who have been hard hit economically and professionally.

Big City Blues: Why Smaller-Town Cultural Entities Have an Opportunity Right Now
The pandemic has changed where people want to spend leisure time – and this may represent an opportunity for cultural entities situated outside of major cities. Read more in this data analysis piece from Know Your Own Bone.

Digital Strategies for Reopening During a Pandemic
What does it take to reopen during a pandemic? Discover how Capacity Interactive helped three Boston-based museums navigate their individual reopenings with strong digital strategies in this informative blog post.

Art Break!

Arts Across America: Northern Plains
Arts Midwest joins forces with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and North Dakota Council on the Arts to present songs & stories from folk balladeer Chuck Suchy, a farewell to a friend lost to COVID-19 from African musician Hamzat Koriko, and Prairie Wind: A Choral Project by Tom Porter. Arts Across America is brought to you by Facebook. Tune in to the livestream on Facebook Live on Monday, August 24 at 3 p.m CDT.