Updated reopening advice, learnings from the museum field, and opportunities in digital marketing for the arts. It’s all in this month’s resource roundup.
Photo: An Da Union perform in Hutchinson, MN as as part of Arts Midwest World Fest. Photo by Tiffany Rodgers.
Reports and Guides
Study on COVID-19 and Performing Arts Activities | Read More
This study and report from the University of Colorado Boulder focuses on the distribution of respiratory aerosol that is generated while playing wind instruments, singing, action, speaking, and dancing. It includes recommendations on how to safely conduct performing arts activities.
Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide Six Month Update | Read More
This updated guide highlights new information on pandemic safety measures, provides links to useful materials, and updates recommendations based on the current science and experiences of those attempting to resume live events.
Digital Readiness and Innovation in Museums | Read More
This report shines a light on the status of digital innovation in the field prior to COVID-19 and identifies challenges and opportunities that can help strengthen capacity as organizations rebuild.
Personal Emergency Relief Fund (MN) | Learn More
Springboard for the Arts’ Personal Emergency Relief Fund supplies $500 to artists living in Minnesota with catastrophic, career-threatening emergencies such as income loss from cancellations, closures, and postponements in the COVID-19 pandemic, medical emergency, theft, or natural disaster.
Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants | Learn More
The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies. Cycle 5 application opens December 2, 2020; the deadline is January 5, 2021
From the Field
Nearly a Third of U.S. Museums Remain Closed by Pandemic, Survey Shows
Of the 850 museum directors who responded to the survey, just over half said their institutions had six months or less of their financial operating reserve remaining. Eighty-two percent said they had 12 months or less. Read more via NYT.
Europe’s Museums Are Open, but the Public Isn’t Coming
Attendance at some major institutions is a third of what it was last year. Their ability to cope depends almost entirely on how they are funded. Read more via NYT.
Coronavirus Study in Germany Offers Hope for Concertgoers
Findings from a test event with 1,200 attendees suggest that indoor concerts have a “low” impact on infection rates, providing they are well ventilated and follow hygiene protocols. Read more via NYT.
How one resourceful NYC theater produced new musicals safely in a bubble during the summer of COVID-19
Prospect Theater Company, a nonprofit theater based in New York City, spent time upstate this summer producing musicals in a “bubble”—a kind of isolation zone, similar to what the NBA pulled off for its recent season. Read more via Fast Company.