Arts Alert: We Are United: A Message From the Field
We Are United
Dear Minnesota’s Arts Community:
Minnesotans are known for working hard, for being generous, and for pulling together in times of crisis. That spirit has never been more present than in this unprecedented and challenging moment.
As we look after our physical health, the importance of arts and culture to our social, economic and community health is clear. Artists, creative workers and culture bearers from across Minnesota are stepping up to help foster healing, connection and meaning during this challenging time.
Over the past weeks, representatives of Minnesota's statewide arts service organizations, agencies and arts-focused philanthropic institutions have come together as a collective to discuss how we can join together with one voice to support the artists and organizations that bring creativity and connection to our lives. As part of that effort, we have gathered some resources that we would like to share with you:
1. We need to track the impact of the crisis on the field:
We will centralize information and links to resources on Springboard for the Arts’ Coronavirus Resource Page to help you find information that can support your business or your artistic practice, including grant programs and emergency relief for artists and creative workers.
4. Watch for more information from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils
about the results of the survey they conducted to understand the needs of the arts and culture community.
Those of us that support the state’s arts community are unanimous.
We are all working to increase funding flexibility, extend deadlines, address unforeseen gaps in funding and work together to do everything we can to be supportive in this unprecedented time for the arts in Minnesota. We remain committed to working together, as one, to bring you updates, activate you for timely advocacy efforts, share resources, and support the critical and important work of Minnesota’s creative sector.
In the meantime, please contact any of us with any questions or feedback on how we can best serve you in this moment. And know that we will get through this, together.
Until next time,
Creative Minnesota Aroha Philanthropies Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Arts Midwest Bush Foundation Central Minnesota Arts Board City of Minneapolis Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy East Central Arts Council Five Wings Arts Council Forum of Regional Arts Councils Jerome Foundation Lake Region Arts Council McKnight Foundation Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Minnesota Music Educators Association Minnesota Presenters Network Minnesota State Arts Board Minnesota Theater Alliance Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council Propel for Nonprofits Region 2 Arts Council Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Springboard for the Arts