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COVID-19's impact on our state

Governor Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency in early March and has issued executive orders directing Minnesotans to stay at home until May 18. Learn more here.

For the time being, social distancing is vital. Public gatherings or events need to be postponed or cancelled. For the most current information on the virus and guidance to Minnesotans, visit the Minnesota Department of Health Web site: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/


SURVEY: COVID-19's impact on the creative community and support needed

The Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota's regional arts councils know that people and organizations in our state's arts and creative sector are being tested and challenged as never before. The toll that COVID-19 is taking on our community is beyond our ability to measure, at this point.

To help us get a handle on what's happening and guide our immediate and longer-term responses to COVID-19, we need your input. Please take FIVE MINUTES to complete a very brief and simple survey. We know that the situation is evolving every day, so we'll keep the survey live and will continue to review new responses as we receive them.

  Please take survey here  

Please encourage others you know to also provide input.

We will be sharing this information with other arts funders, with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and others who can use it in their own efforts. We are all in this together and I know we all want to do whatever we can to support one another.

Survey responses

Since posting the survey on March 19, more than 2,000 responses have been submitted. Thank you to all who have shared your thoughts! A summary of the data received is posted here: Survey responses


Minnesota Arts Town Halls

In late April,the Arts Board joined Arts Midwest, the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Minnesota Presenters Network, Minnesota Theater Alliance, and Springboard for the Arts in hosting two town hall listening sessions for Minnesota artists and arts organizations.

Thank you to the approximately 600 people who participated in these online sessions.


Responses and resources

National Endowment for the Arts (CARES Act grants) – The Arts Endowment will offer grants to support salaries, artists and contracted workers fees, rent and utilities. Nonprofit organizations, state, local, and tribal government entities that have received a grant from the Arts Endowment within the past four years (2017-2020) are eligible to apply.

Act quickly...there is a two-phase application process, the first deadline is April 22.

Minnesota State Arts Board (CARES Act grants) – The Arts Board also will offer grants to support salaries and administrative costs. Details will be available in early May.

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2021 grants – The Arts Board recognizes the extraordinary challenges artists and arts organizations face because of the coronavirus pandemic. This is not a time for business as usual. The board has decided to suspend nine of its existing grant programs for the coming year and instead offer new programs to help sustain artists and arts organizations. Details about these new funding opportunities will be announced soon.

Minnesota State Arts Board current grantees – Arts Board staff members are available to respond to your questions. We know that COVID-19 is having an impact on your activities and want to be as helpful as we can be.

If you need to reschedule or modify Arts Board funded activities, please contact your program officer to discuss your options for a contract amendment or extension.


Other Resources

Arts funders and service organizations are working quickly to roll out financial resources to help sustain artists and arts organizations during this challenging time. To make it easier for you to find what you need, all of these resources are being collected in a centralized information source: Springboard for the Arts Coronavirus Resource Page.

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