We've awarded $1,000 grants to 272 individual artists and individual teaching artists, humanists, and scientists whose creative practices and incomes have been impacted by COVID-19.
During this challenging time, Cultural District managers are looking to not only provide technical services to individual artists, cultural organizations, and small businesses. They are also coordinating local efforts to continue providing cultural experiences to their communities.
Check out recent episodes of Creative Minds Out Loud, Mass Cultural Council's podcast, featuring:
- L’Merchie Frazier of the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket
- Marquis Victor of Elevated Thought
- Craig Coogan of Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
Nearly 700 organizations responding to Mass Cultural Council surveys report more than $264,000,000 in lost revenue since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Mass Cultural Council is issuing a second survey to collect data on the economic impact of COVID-19 on cultural organizations. Please respond to this survey by April 14, 2020.
Our governing Council has approved two COVID-19 relief efforts to help individuals and cultural organizations address economic impacts associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
The first-ever virtual hearing by the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development was pulled together in a matter of days, attracted more than 220 members of the public and told the stories behind the numbers of revenue loss, layoffs and hardship affecting the cultural sector in Massachusetts.
We know that the COVID-19 crisis has caused major disruptions for the careers of individuals who earn income through their work in the cultural sector. In response, we have launched a relief fund for individuals.
Mass Cultural Council is providing a three-pronged package of support for our cultural nonprofit organizations to not only understand and access assistance offered through new Federal Acts, but to also deliver broad and high-touch capacity building services to help organizations in understanding their current financial challenges and crafting a strategy forward.
We're launching a special new series on Zoom called "Culture Chats," where we highlight the power of culture through resilience, adaptation, agility, and innovation.