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Resource Roundup: May 2021

A live show reopening checklist, conversations on sustainability in rural arts, and the creative ways Midwesterners are keeping the arts alive during the pandemic. It’s all in this month’s resource roundup.

Photo: Visitors sketching in the galleries of the San Jose Museum of Art. Photo by Noriko Slusser.


Reports + Resources

A Reopening Checklist for the Live Entertainment Industry | Learn More
This checklist addresses every major issue involved in producing a safe live performing arts event, both front of house and back of house, put together by the National Independent Venue Association and Event Safety Alliance.

What Makes People Feel Safe Visiting Museums and Performing Arts Entities? | Learn More
Read about which COVID safety precautions make visitors feel safest returning to the world of in-person arts, and what this means for museums and the performing arts in the coming months.


Webinars + Trainings

Exploration: Nurturing the Rural Ecosystem
Thursday, May 20 from Noon–1:30pm Central | Register
Benya Kraus, Co-Founder of Lead for America, will lead a group conversation with rural arts leaders about building sustainability within our collective work.

“Artists at Work” Panel
Thursday, May 20 from Noon–1:00pm Central | Register
Join the American Academy of Arts & Sciences for a conversation with arts leaders from The Public Theater, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Springboard for the Arts in discussing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing needs in the field.


From the Field

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Botched COVID-19 Precautions
It was one of the first major American art museums to reopen its doors to the public after a month long closure due to the pandemic. As the art world lavished praise on the institution for its bold plans, employees tell a very different story. Read more via Texas Observer.

$12.6 Million Granted to Ten BIPOC-led Arts Organizations in the Minnesota
Ten arts organizations based in the Twin Cities were selected to receive $500,000 in unrestricted funds over the next five years, creating an unprecedented opportunity for cultural growth in the MSP arts scene. Read more via Sahan Journal.


Creative Inspiration

Interview: Rhonda Greene on Sustaining African Dance in Detroit | Read
As Executive Director of Heritage Works in Detroit, Michigan, Rhonda Greene has spent decades connecting folks to West African cultural traditions through youth programs, community programs, and placemaking efforts.

My Lessons From the Pandemic as a Nightlife Promoter | Read
An NYC promoter’s observations on the importance of strengthening community networks to help arts scenes survive the pandemic on their own terms.

Resilient Ohio: Toledo Artists Keep Creativity Cruising Along with Drive-Thru Art Shows | Read
What started as a small farewell to a local art venue has become a network of Ohio artists and socially-distanced shows: learn about Art Loop’s unique approach to keeping the arts alive during the pandemic.