A periodic round-up for artists of news related to the COVID-19 crisis.
State Budget Update The pandemic has canceled, delayed, and/or scrambled plans across the cultural sector. You may be curious how this applies to our annual state budget process. Mass Cultural Council’s Communications Director Bethann Steiner explains how COVID-19 is affecting – and possibly delaying – next year’s budget, and how that may impact our programming and grant calendar.
UP Awards As a reminder, Mass Cultural Council’s Universal Participation (UP) Award livestream, celebrating excellence in access and inclusion throughout the Commonwealth’s cultural sector, is June 1-5, 11:00-11:30 AM (ET) daily.
Artists Adapt On our Power of Culture blog, Ricardo Guillaume from our Communities Department writes about how Cape Cod artists are resourcefully adapting to the pandemic.
MASSCreative’s Guide to Reopening You may have heard about Governor Baker’s four-phase plan for reopening the Massachusetts economy. But how does the plan affect the creative community? MASSCreative has a helpful guide to the reopening for the arts and culture sector.
Making Your Virtual Events Accessible Many of us have shifted from in-person to virtual events. The National Endowment for the Arts has a great guide with resources to ensuring your virtual event is accessible.
Thursday Inspiration Manifest Boston is holding Manifest Mornings on Thursdays at 8 AM, virtual conversations with innovative people in the Boston area. Often, that includes artists: on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 8 AM, electronic musician Daedelus discusses “Creating Wonder in Our Every Day.”
Public Art on the Move WBUR’s ARTery has a great story about The Corona/Crown Project, a 10-foot metal sculptural head that’s been traveling around the region to honor healthcare workers and encourage the public to wear masks and continue safe practices amidst COVID-19. It’s a project of The Revolving Museum and ArtSpace Maynard.
Pop-Up Shop The Massachusetts College of Art and Design is hosting a virtual pop-up shop of creative wares to support student and alumni-owned businesses.
Online Exhibitions Two intriguing online exhibitions we wanted to share: Boston Cyberarts is hosting Ghost City: Avenue S, interactive online art by Jody Zellen. It’s fascinating.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst presents the inspiring ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio, an online exhibition featuring the work, creative spaces, and musings of some of the most prominent picture book illustrators at work today.
Connecting via Orchestra Finally, the video embedded above explores how MIT music professor Evan Ziporyn (Music Composition Fellow ’11) swiftly transformed his orchestra class into a remote, online learning experience, emphasizing connection.