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COVID-19 Resource Roundup: February 2021

Download a resource guide for our recent webinar on 2021 COVID-19 Relief for Arts Organizations, take in new research on how the creative sector drives economic recovery, and get creative inspiration in this month’s resource roundup.


Photo: Karen Rowe, English Teacher at Black River Public School and 2020 Big Read participant. Photo: Abigail Brummel, courtesy of Hope College.

Reports and Resources

Webinar + Resource Guide: 2021 COVID-19 Relief for Arts Organizations | Read More
Watch our recent webinar covering the Employee Retention Credit, the Payroll Protection Program, and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, and download a resource guide featuring a checklist of next steps and links to helpful articles.

The Arts and Economic Recovery Research | Read More
Get key findings, a technical report, and case studies from a new report from the National Assemble of State Arts Agency on the role that arts and creative industries play in reigniting economic growth.

The Patrons’ Perspective: An Overview of Buying Behavior and a Timeline to Return to Theaters | Read More
This newly updated report from Audience View and Theatermania includes safety measures and protocols that will make arts patrons more likely to visit the theater, and insights on audiences’ appetite for online streaming content, and information about near-term buying intentions.

Safety First: Museum Visitors Expect Better Mask Enforcement (DATA)| Read More
Staff members not actively enforcing safety protocols is the biggest source of onsite visitor dissatisfaction at museums and cultural organizations in the United States.

Grants + Artist Calls

GIG Fund | Learn More
The Arts Midwest GIG (Grow, Invest, Gather) Fund is designed to provide support to Midwestern arts and culture organizations as they re-build and re-imagine during the continued uncertainty caused by COVID-19. Grants of $2,500 can cover costs associated with engaging artists in safe community experiences or capacity building work. Applications are due on May 3rd, 2021.

Call for Artists – Mural Project | Learn More
Arts Midwest is looking for artists interested in creating eight murals in Portage County, Wisconsin inspired by a diverse group of historically significant women that commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment. $5,000 is available per mural site. Applications are due February 25th, 2021.

Creative Inspiration

Wisconsin Meets Brazil in Creative Music Video | Watch Now
What happens when Wisconsin winter meets Brazilian carnaval celebration, all during a pandemic? You get a new music video featuring students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stout playing alongside musicians in São Paulo.

Opera Singers Help Covid-19 Patients Learn to Breathe Again | Read More
A new six-week program developed by the English National Opera and a London hospital offers customized vocal lessons to aid coronavirus recovery.

The Culture of America: A Cross-Country Visit with the NEA National Heritage Fellows | Sign Up
Join storyteller Queen Nur on March 4th as she hosts a free virtual trip across the country, taking viewers into the homes and communities where the 2020 National Heritage Fellows live and create.