Updates & Resources from Americans for the Arts

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Welcome to the ArtsU Connection! In this quarterly message you will learn about all of our upcoming events on ArtsU. We hope these webinars will keep you connected and continue to support your work during this time.
May 28 at 3:00 p.m. EST
The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced arts organizations across the globe to rethink and reshape the way they operate and present their programs. When analyzed, a vast majority of these changes are not temporary, but permanent organizational changes we need to make regardless of the ability to present in-person events. The ultimate goal during this time is to maintain engagement as a team and with the public in any way possible, while at the same time figuring out a strategy to build revenue and donations during and after the crisis. The silver lining is that this situation offers arts organizations an opportunity to spend time growing and evolving into the ever-changing digital landscape, increasing overall reach and audience engagement.
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May 26 @ 3:00 p.m. EDT
June 9 @ 3:00 p.m. EDT

Arts Management MA Program at George Mason University Advertisement

The DIAL.studio is a six-part professional development series created to support college students and emerging leaders who want to increase their knowledge of arts administration through a cultural equity lens. This series will be hosted through the Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) program, a summer internship specifically for undergraduate students traditionally underrepresented in the arts management field. As named, the “studio” will allow participants to gain new knowledge from arts leaders, peers, and colleagues, while creating space to practice their own skills and encourage creative thought.
This series is free for all who register thanks to generous support from ConEdison, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Kutya Major Foundation, and The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.
Americans for the Arts is providing free access to COVID-19 blogs, research, and many webinars. If you can, please consider supporting our work with a donation.

Below are just a few examples of our COVID-19 webinars:

Americans for the Arts CARES Act Update

With billions of dollars newly added to replenish the popular Paycheck Protection Program and the SBA’s Emergency Disaster Loans, this ArtsU webinar on the federal CARES Act will features local success stories and best practices of artists and arts groups who have already successfully secured CARES Act funding and tips for applying, findings from the three active surveys and one tracker that Americans for the Arts is currently conducting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts, and a customized walk-through of the newly updated Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Resource and Response Center on the web.
COVID-19 has created substantial disruption to earned revenue for organizations and income streams for individuals. Are you thinking about setting up a relief fund? Not sure where to start or how to best navigate it? Join our panel as they share how they set up their relief funds, questions to ask, and insights they learned through the process.
This session will discuss fundraising and crafting a spring appeal in the age of COVID-19. We will discuss questions like, Is it appropriate to fundraise in this time? What is the strategy and message? What can arts organizations do now to continue engaging with patrons and donors, even while most of us are unable to gather in person? Presenters will facilitate a discussion, share best practices, and highlight different approaches arts organizations can take.

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