Thank You, Creative Community!
If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught us about the creative community – from independent artists to nonprofit art organizations – it’s that we’re resilient.
Although the full impact of this pandemic on the arts and culture sector is still unknown, we know it will be substantial. As of today, Americans for the Arts estimates that the total economic impact – based on the 120,000+ nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the United States – is $3.6 billion.
But as an art consulting and curating firm that bridges the gap between arts and business, we’re in a unique position to not only provide forward-thinking perspective, but bring a bit of calm to an otherwise uneasy period in our collective history.
In addition to addressing timely and relevant questions from our creative community, we discussed topics like sustainability of arts and culture centers around the country, how art organizations can turn this moment into an opportunity, and tips to keep artists, creators and makers active and involved during this era of social distancing.
If you were unable to join, you can access the full Facebook Live recording here.
We also realize it’s important to show our community the love and support they need during this trying time. To foster a creative, inspiring and connected community throughout Denver during this time, The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation recently announced emergency funding to assist Denver cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. Please click here to learn about their emergency funding to assist arts and culture grantees and to check out resources not just in Colorado, but around the country. Here are a few we recommend:
- ArtsU from Americans for the Arts: ArtsU is an online education form for arts professionals to gain new skills, knowledge, and connections to further their personal and organizational goals.
- Colorado Creative Industries Updates and Resources to Support the Arts During COVID-19: With the rapidly evolving efforts to combat COVID-19’s spread in the state, Colorado Creative Industries has shifted their focus to understanding and supporting the health and economic prosperity of the arts and culture sector across Colorado.
- The Social Distancing Festival: The Social Distancing Festival is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever.
- Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s Resources for Arts & Culture: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation rounded up a list of resources for engaging in the arts during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Artist Support Pledge: Matthew Burrows started the Artist Support Pledge initiative on Instagram to alleviate some of the stress the pandemic has caused. Check it out!
This is a challenging time for everyone, but by staying strong – and sticking together – we can weather this storm and come out stronger on the other side.