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COVID-19 Resource Roundup: September 3 - 17

Ways to maximize voter engagement, the art of mass gathering, and virtual events from across our region. It’s all in this week’s resource roundup.

Photo: Performance at the 2017 Arts Midwest Conference. Photo by Joshua Feist.


The Art of Mass Gatherings: Managing Modifications, Virtualizations, and Expectations
September 22, 1-2PM CDT | Sign Up
This free webinar from Performing Arts Readiness will provide a framework to help guide decision makers to either modify or virtualize their gatherings using case studies from Denver’s 5 Points Jazz Festival and Alabama’s Women in Jazz Festival.


The Association of Performing Arts Professionals has outlined below three ways the performing arts community can take action to maximize voter engagement by activating our spaces, organizations and ourselves across the country in service to every eligible citizen’s right to vote.

  • Your venue can become a polling site. There are communities across the country that lack for places for people to vote. If you have a large, ADA-accessible space that isn’t a polling site already, it’s possible that it still could become one, if you act quickly. The first step is to contact your County Clerk or County Board of Elections office which you may find here or here or through an internet search. We recommend that you reach out to your state arts advocacy organization and contact workelections.org. You can also find useful guidance on how to serve as a polling site from the American Association of People with Disabilities.
  • You can become a poll worker. The U.S. is facing a massive shortage of poll workers this year, as poll workers have historically been older individuals at much higher risk of serious illness from the Coronavirus. During the primaries, a shortage of poll workers in many states caused chaos with polling locations being overwhelmed, opening late, or not opening at all. We encourage the young and the healthy in our creative community to apply to be a poll worker. Many of these positions pay, and most states are recruiting right now. Find out how to become a poll worker in your state.
  • Your audiences and organizations can band together to Get Out The Vote! We invite you to engage your communities and/or your colleagues through Open Progress. Open Progress is a not-for-profit 501c(4) working with Vote.org on non-partisan voter outreach, engaging millions of potential voters via person-to-person text messages through a volunteer “Turnout Troop”. To learn how to organize a group and join this project, contact Ptosha Davis, Chief of Staff & Partnerships/Community Outreach of Open Progress at [email protected].

Virtual Events

Arts Midwest + WAA 2020 Conference | October 6-9, 2020
The 2020 Conference is an opportunity for artists, managers, agents, presenters, and beyond to connect, learn, get inspired, and find a path forward. New scholarships are available for our four-day virtual event for the performing arts field. Learn more here.

Indiana Arts Homecoming | October 14-15, 2020
The Indiana Arts Homecoming is a gathering of Indiana’s artists, arts providers and creative communities who are doing work every day to create opportunities that are vibrant, engaging, and embedded in the lives of citizens. Learn more about this free virtual conference here.

One State Together in the Arts Illinois | September 20-October 2, 2020
One State Together in the Arts is the only statewide conference focused on creative professionals in Illinois. Registration is free. Learn more here.

North Dakota Statewide Arts Convening | October 6-7, 2020
The North Dakota 2020 Main Street Summit will feature programs focused on building resilient communities. Tickets are $20. Learn more here.