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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 physical, emotional, and financial toll that COVID-19 is taking 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 will begin reviewing the information on March 25, so please complete the survey by then. However, 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.

Guidance for the arts community on prevention and responses to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

As of March 20, there are 115 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in our state. Fortunately, there have been no deaths, and most individuals are recovering at home.

Governor Walz has announced an executive order that declares a peacetime emergency which he described as opening a tool kit that can be ready if and when needed.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health announced a set of recommended community mitigation strategies to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The strategies should be implemented immediately and stay in effect until further notice. These strategies will specifically impact arts activities:

  • Postpone or cancel large events where 50 people or more would gather.
  • Postpone or cancel smaller events (fewer than 50 people) that are held in venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person.
  • Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.

The full list of recommended strategies is available here:

Information for Arts Board applicants, grantees, or grant review panelists

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.

Current grant activities – 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.

Information sessions – We have sessions scheduled in Winona and Park Rapids in the coming weeks. Those will NOT be in person sessions. We are working to determine how might be able to offer those sessions via technology.

FY 2021 grant application review meetings – The Arts Board is scheduled to begin Operating Support, Arts Learning, and Minnesota Festival Support grant application panel review meetings in late April, May, and June. At this point, we haven't made any changes to the schedule and format for those meetings, but we will be closely monitoring the situation and, if needed, may make changes in the coming weeks.

Rely on trusted sources

The Minnesota Department of Health is the focal point of planning and information in our state. MDH is updating its Web site frequently. The coronavirus section of the site contains helpful information and advice about COVID-19 and precautions you can take.

The Centers for Disease Control also has helpful information about the virus and about steps to take to keep homes, workplaces, and commercial establishments safe.

This situation is new for all of us. Please keep the lines of communication open. Please let us know what your questions and concerns are, and we will do what we can to address them.

Most importantly, please do everything you can to stay healthy, and to help others stay healthy.

Sue Gens, executive director

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