Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, FAQs, and Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates, FAQ, and Resources

This page will be updated and timestamped as more information becomes available. 

This page was last updated at 6:40 p.m. on April 21, 2021, to include Governor Mike DeWine's April 21, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

The Ohio Arts Council understands the connection of community, art, and culture in cities and towns big and small. We are also acutely aware that the current health concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) present unique challenges that impact the arts and cultural sector.

As the situation is constantly evolving, we will use this page to provide answers to frequently asked questions, keep you apprised of agency news and updates, and share resources to assist you in your operations and planning.

The Ohio Department of Health offers online resources related to Ohio's distribution of COVID-19 vaccines statewide. More information about Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination program can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-program. A searchable list of providers throughout Ohio who have received shipments of COVID-19 vaccines for those currently being vaccinated in Phase 1B-C and Phase 2 can be found at vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

For guidance on how to safely conduct arts activities, view the State of Ohio’s sector-specific operating requirements to review mandatory and recommended best practices to responsibly resume in-person events

Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov if you are looking for general information on the coronavirus that is not specific to the arts. The website is updated daily to provide information on the status of Ohio’s public health; resources for parents and families; tips and checklists on prevention and preparation; general resources for economic support; news releases; updates from Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health; and more. To speak with someone directly regarding the coronavirus, please call the state’s hotline at 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

STATEWIDE UPDATE 04/21/2021: COVID-19 UPDATE - VACCINATION & VIRUS SPREAD, UNEMPLOYMENT SYSTEM ENHANCEMENTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT REFORM EFFORTS

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine provided the following updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the April 21, 2021, update.

AGENCY UPDATE 04/13/2021: 2020 GOVERNOR'S AWARDS FOR THE ARTS IN OHIO TO PREMIERE VIRTUALLY ON MAY 10, 2021, AT NOON

The Ohio Arts Council plans to honor the 2020 Governor’s Awards winners virtually in May 2021. Details and broadcast times are available at oac.ohio.gov/governorsawards.

#SAVEOURSTAGES UPDATE 04/09/2021: FEDERAL SHUTTERED VENUE OPERATORS GRANT PORTAL OPENED ON APRIL 8, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened the Shuttered Venue Operators (aka Save Our Stages) Grant program portal on April 8, 2021. However, due to technical difficulties encountered during the application opening, the SBA has temporarily suspended the SVOG application portal. The SBA is working closely with the portal vendors to reopen as soon as possible. The SBA will share advance notice of the time and date before the reopening so all applicants can be prepared and to ensure equitable access. Applicants may continue to register for a new account.

A recording of the SBA's informational webinar providing a preliminary overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program is available for viewing on the SBA's YouTube channel. View the recording here. The SBA also released a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which are viewable here. More information on this program will continue to be released by the SBA at sba.gov/coronavirusrelief

STATEWIDE UPDATE 04/05/2021: OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISSUES SIMPLIFIED HEALTH ORDER

On April 5, 2021, Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health has issued a simplified health order that streamlines previous orders into a single order that underscores the most important tenants of infection prevention. 

View the Ohio Department of Health Director's Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings, and Non-Congregating

View the Ohio Department of Health Director's Order Rescinding Various Orders

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN UPDATE 03/15/2021: NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS TO RECEIVE FUNDS FROM AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN

Passed by Congress and signed by President Biden on March 11, the American Rescue Plan contains new federal relief funding for the arts, including $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA plans to have eligibility and application guidelines available in late April. In the meantime, get ready by reading their FAQ, here. Read the National Endowment for the Arts' media release about the funding here.

AGENCY UPDATE 11/19/2020: OHIO ARTS COUNCIL AWARDS $20 MILLION IN CARES ACT ECONOMIC RELIEF FOR THE ARTS

The Ohio Arts Council announced 296 grant awards totaling $20 million in economic relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the arts and culture sector. CARES Act funds were made available to the OAC through the initiative of Gov. DeWine and state legislative leaders and through the approval of the state’s Controlling Board.  The OAC will not retain any dollars for its own overhead or administrative expenses.

Read the full media release here.

AGENCY UPDATE 08/07/2020: OHIO ARTS COUNCIL UPDATES INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS GRANT GUIDELINES

The following updates have been made to the grant guidelines for two Ohio Arts Council programs:

Individual Excellence Awards - "Due to state budget restrictions necessitated by COVID-19, awards for this year have been reduced to $4,000."

Big Yellow School Bus - "Due to state budget reductions necessitated by COVID-19, funding for this program is not available for this fiscal year."

Updated guideline PDFs can be viewed on the OAC's grants page: oac.ohio.gov/grants

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Updated 04/13/21 at  10:05 a.m.)

UPDATED: Ohio Arts Council Grants, Deadlines, and Funding

1. My organization received Ohio Arts Council funding for an event. Should we continue to hold the event amid COVID-19 concerns?
The State of Ohio continues to reopen gradually. Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information.

For guidance on how to safely conduct arts activities, view the State of Ohio’s sector-specific operating requirements to review mandatory and recommended best practices to responsibly resume in-person events

NOTE: The Ohio Arts Council is adjusting reporting requirements in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that may affect organizations that have made substantive changes to their OAC-funded projects in response to the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. cancelled or scaled back events, moved in-person activities to online, etc.). Please see more information pertaining to these adjustments in the FY 2020 Final Report Guidance FAQs.

2. If we choose to cancel or amend our OAC-funded event/project, do we need to let the agency know?
Probably not, unless those changes affect activities specifically mentioned in your Grant Agreement.

Grantees receiving general operating support (Sustainability and Arts Access), which have generalized Grant Agreement descriptions, will not be affected. Grantees receiving project and other types of support (ArtSTART, ArtsNEXT, Arts Partnership, etc.) may wish to review the specifics of their Grant Agreements and email their program coordinator with any questions.

We are often able to adjust the terms of Grant Agreements on a case-by-case basis, extend project end dates, or make other accommodations. As a last resort, if activities cannot take place as planned and no reasonable substitutions can be made, grants must be cancelled.

NOTE: The Ohio Arts Council is adjusting reporting requirements in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that may affect organizations that have made substantive changes to their OAC-funded projects in response to the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. cancelled or scaled back events, moved in-person activities to online, etc.). Please see more information pertaining to these adjustments in the FY 2020 Final Report Guidance FAQs.

3. Have any upcoming grant application deadlines been extended or changed?
Please see below for updates regarding the DataArts funder report for Sustainability grantees:

  • Sustainability Mid-Size and SASO grantees: FY 2021 awards will be calculated using financial materials submitted in 2019. DataArts funder report submission deadline extended to October 30, 2020. The remainder of the off-year update was due in ARTIE by April 30, 2020.
     
  • Sustainability Large grantees: DataArts funder report submission deadline extended to October 30, 2020. The remainder of the off-year update was due in ARTIE by April 30, 2020, including required Income Verification form, a cross-referenced audit, and auditor's letter.
As always, applications to the OAC are submitted entirely online via the ARTIE system.  ARTIE access is not impacted in any way. OAC staff remain accessible via phone or email to assist applicants completing proposals or updates. If you are preparing an application, we strongly encourage you to plan to submit it a minimum of five days prior to the deadline to allow for technical difficulties.
 

4. Will any upcoming Final Report deadlines be extended or changed?
Final Reports for current grants with upcoming end dates will be due 30 days following their completion, as usual. These should be submitted via the online ARTIE system. ARTIE access is not impacted in any way. The OAC will continue to process payment requests and partial payments throughout the spring.

NOTE: The Ohio Arts Council is adjusting reporting requirements in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that may affect organizations that have made substantive changes to their OAC-funded projects in response to the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. cancelled or scaled back events, moved in-person activities to online, etc.). Please see more information pertaining to these adjustments in the FY 2020 Final Report Guidance FAQs.

5. Will OAC grant panel review meetings still be held as scheduled?
A list of upcoming panel meetings can be found on the
OAC grants calendar. Updates and public access instructions will be shared on the OAC website and social media when available.

6. Do I qualify for unemployment compensation?
Cases vary widely depending on your status as a freelancer, independent contractor, commissioned artist, full- or part-time employee of an arts organization, and so on. The Ohio Arts Council is not in a position to provide guidance regarding your particular eligibility for unemployment compensation.

The State of Ohio opened the application process for unemployment claims for the benefit of an expanded pool of works (independent contractors/"1099" workers/tax filers, self-employed workers, freelancers, furloughed workers, and workers in the "gig economy") who have lost employment due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Very often, artists, teaching artists, and other creative professionals count as one of these types of workers. 

To see if you are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), please visit unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov/expandedeligibility. More details specific to the coronavirus and unemployment can be found on the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website. In addition, the State of Ohio has a general website with FAQs on unemployment, which we would also encourage you to review before filing a claim.

NEW: 7. How does the federal American Rescue Plan support arts organizations and artists?
From the National Endowment for the Arts' website: "On March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, which includes funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to support organizations and jobs in the arts sector that have been impacted by the pandemic. The $135 million allocated for the Arts Endowment in this historic legislation represents a significant commitment to the arts and a recognition of the value of the arts and culture sector to the nation’s economy and recovery."

The NEA plans to have eligibility and application guidelines available in late April. In the meantime, get ready by reading their FAQ, here. Read the National Endowment for the Arts' media release about the funding here.

UPDATED: FY 2020 Final Report Guidance

The Ohio Arts Council is adjusting reporting requirements in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that may affect organizations that have made substantive changes to their OAC-funded projects in response to the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. cancelled or scaled back events, moved in-person activities to online, etc.). Please see more information pertaining to these adjustments in the questions below. 

1. My organization has made substantive changes to its OAC-funded project in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Should we try to reschedule our activities to occur before the end of this fiscal year (June 30)?
No. Grantees who have cancelled or curtailed activities should assume that state directives, social distancing restrictions, and other measures will continue to affect operations through the end of the state’s fiscal year, making rescheduling impractical. In almost all cases, even with recent changes or cancellations, your organization should complete its Final Report now (except Sustainability)  and note what expenses have been incurred up to this point; OAC staff will advise you if they have questions or concerns that prevent them from processing your report for final payment.

2. Should we extend our project’s end date to beyond June 30?
No. Organizations that determine that events and activities that can be rescheduled to take place after July 1 are encouraged to explore those possibilities. However, receipt of your OAC funding will – in nearly every case – not be made contingent on that rescheduling. Instead, grantees with cancelled events during March, April, May and/or June are advised to file their Final Reports now and describe what activities did occur (see below), not delay events and ask for extensions. The economic health of the State of Ohio will be improved if the remainder of grantees’ funds can be processed sooner rather than later.

NOTE: In some cases, organizations with cancelled activities will be permitted to apply OAC funds to work associated with the preparation for those activities – staff time, marketing, supplies, etc. – even if they did not ultimately take place.

3. Due to recent events, our Grant Agreement no longer accurately describes the events we carried out. Does it need to be amended?
In most cases, no. If the text of your Grant Agreement is highly specific about events or activities to be carried out that have now been affected, it should be updated before your Final Report is filed. To review your Grant Agreement, visit the “View Current/Past Awards” tab in ARTIE, and click “Open” under the Grant Information column. Your description appears in the third paragraph (which begins, “Whereas, between [date] and [date], [your organization] will…”). But only in situations where this language no longer describes your organization’s work during the project period should a revision be made.

4. Completing our Final Report in ARTIE will be difficult right now given staff unavailability, missing or hard-to-access resources, and/or other challenges. How should we proceed if we cannot complete it, or need an extension?
Grantees are encouraged to file Final Reports as soon as possible, even if data is incomplete, in order to allow additional funds from the OAC to flow out into Ohio communities, to arts organizations, and to artists. In cases where incomplete or inaccessible data makes full Final Report accounting problematic (e.g., total attendance numbers for the year, up-to-date spending figures, etc.), grantees are encouraged to indicate that they will have additional data to provide at a later date, and file their report as-is. Instructions for how to provide additional details at a later date will be provided on a case-by-case basis. OAC staff will make determinations as to which Final Reports can be processed for payment as submitted, and which are so incomplete that additional details must be sought prior to issuing final payments. Final Report extensions should only be requested as a last resort.

5. What if our organization’s income during the grant period do not meet its 1:1 cash match requirements?
Grantees should complete their Final Report and note matching income as they normally would, even if it is below the dollar amount required by the 1:1 match needed in most grant programs and specified on your Grant Agreement.

6. How soon can we submit our Final Report and receive payment?
For many grantees, right away – the sooner, the better! Grantees in the Arts Access, ArtSTART, ArtsNEXT, Arts Partnership, TeachArtsOhio, Capacity Building, Building Cultural Diversity, Artists with Disabilities Access Program, Ohio Artists on Tour, Big Yellow School Bus, Statewide Arts Service Organizations, Fund Every County, Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, and Sustainability programs can submit now.

Normally, the OAC does not process Final Reports earlier than 30 days prior to grant end dates. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, this year we have relaxed that early acceptance policy for all grant programs. All FY 2020 grantees are eligible to turn in Final Reports immediately, regardless of original project end date. Staff will then work to process them in an expedited fashion, speeding committed funding to grantees.

7. Will my FY 2020 OAC grant amount be reduced?
On May 5, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine announced reductions of $775 million to the state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 (i.e., FY 2020, May and June). The reductions result from an abrupt state tax revenue shortfall, caused by the negative economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Ohio’s economy. The Ohio Arts Council has announced FY 2020 budget reductions relative to COVID-19 affecting Sustainability grantees and agency administration. Please view the full message by clicking here.

On May 14, 2020, a memo was sent by the OAC Investment Office to FY 2020 Sustainability grantees informing them of revised FY 2020 grant amounts. To view the full memo and instructions FY 2020 Sustainability grantees must follow to receive payment, click here.

8. How can I let the OAC know about the changes to our programming since the crisis began?
Final Report forms have been revised to include questions that describe some of these changes. Grantees are now being asked to indicate whether or not, as a result of the evolving COVID-19 crisis and accompanying stay-at-home and other directives, they have taken, or will take, a variety of measures related to staffing and programming. Full and accurate reporting of grantee hardships brought about by this crisis will be important in understanding where and how the agency can best provide future resources.

Final Report additions in ARTIE include:

1. Estimates of personnel changes – layoffs, furloughs, cancelled contracts (full-time staff, artists, teaching artists, other contracted workers)
2. Estimates on funds now not being paid to these workers
3. Events/activities that have been cancelled/delayed/rescheduled/moved to a virtual space
4. Changes in earned and contributed income
5. Details about how your staff/organization/community has been affected so far, responses taken, and immediate/longer-term recovery plans

Submit tab: will you need to add additional details to other sections of your Final Report at a later time?

9. Have there been any changes to FY 2021 programs?
No. At this time there have been no changes to the slate of grant programs available for next fiscal year, with activities beginning July 1, 2020. Grant panels are proceeding forward, the OAC board is preparing to review recommendations at its summer meeting and allocate agency funds as appropriate, and the agency looks forward to funding another slate of fantastic activities next year, needed in our state now more than ever.

10. What if part of our OAC award includes funding from the National Endowment for the Arts?
As of FY 2020, only a handful of OAC grantees fall into this category (your organization was notified at the time of its award if this applied). If you have questions about how to proceed with your Final Report process, contact Dia Foley directly via email (dia.foley@oac.ohio.gov).

UPDATED: 11. Did the OAC receive any federal funds via the CARES Act? How were these funds spent?

The OAC’s share of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding through the NEA, which totaled $517,200, was blended into the OAC’s distribution of grant awards for FY 2021, and none were used for OAC operating or administrative expenses.

The NEA also provided direct CARES Act grant funding to 855 nonprofit arts organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In July, the NEA announced that 27 Ohio organizations were selected for CARES Act grants and awarded each organization $50,000, infusing an additional $1.35 million into Ohio’s creative economy.

Finally, the OAC announced 296 grant awards totaling $20 million in economic relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the arts and culture sector. CARES Act funds were made available to the OAC through the initiative of Gov. DeWine and state legislative leaders and through the approval of the state’s Controlling Board.  The OAC did not retain any dollars for its own overhead or administrative expenses. Read the full media release here.

12. I was unable to attend the live webinar presentation discussing FY 2020 Final Report Guidance on April 17. Is there a recording available?
A recording of the presentation can be viewed below. A PDF of the presentation slides can be viewed here.

WATCH: "FY 2020 FINAL REPORT GUIDANCE" WEBINAR

UPDATED: Ohio Arts Council Operations and Events

1. Is the Ohio Arts Council open?
The Ohio Arts Council is open during its normal hours of operation: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ohio Arts Council staff members can be reached via phone or email

UPDATED: 2. Have any Ohio Arts Council events been rescheduled?
UPCOMING EVENTS
2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio (now a VIRTUAL EVENT) | Online Premiere: May 10, 2021 at Noon
The Ohio Arts Council plans to honor the 2020 Governor’s Awards winners virtually in May 2021. Details and broadcast times are available at oac.ohio.gov/governorsawards.
PAST EVENTS
2020 Arts Impact Ohio Conference (originally scheduled for May 6 - 8)
In accordance with State of Ohio directives banning large gatherings and out of an abundance of caution, the Ohio Arts Council has made the decision to reschedule the 2020 Arts Impact Ohio conference and preconference, originally planned for May 6-8, 2020, in Akron, Ohio. We look forward to holding the two-day event in its entirety, including the one-day arts learning preconference, in Akron as planned, at the earliest viable date. We intend to include every one of the dozens of fantastic presenters, session leaders, performers, trips to local arts institutions, and exciting networking extras that we had originally planned for May.
Visit the Arts Impact Ohio web page for more information. The page will be updated as new details become available. Updates will also be shared via social media channels and directly via email with attendees and registrants. We look forward to visiting, celebrating, and learning with you very soon.
Ohio Teaching Artist Roster Professional Development Day (originally scheduled for April 2)
In accordance with State of Ohio directives banning large gatherings and out of an abundance of caution, the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster partner organizations (including the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, OhioDance, Art Possible Ohio, and Center for Arts-Inspired Learning) have made the decision to reschedule the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster Professional Development Day, originally planned for April 2 at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio. We look forward to holding the one-day professional development event in its entirety in Wooster as planned at the earliest possible date, likely in fall 2020. Current PD Day registrants are encouraged to hold their registrations for the rescheduled date. Those who choose not to retain their registration may contact Emma Parker, artistic director at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, at emma@arts-inspiredlearning.org for refund options.

3. I have a meeting scheduled at the Ohio Arts Council’s office. Should I still plan to attend?
Going forward, our agency will not be scheduling in-person/face-to-face meetings. If you already have an existing meeting on your calendar with an OAC staff member, please contact that staff member to make alternative arrangements.

4. An Ohio Arts Council staff member had previously planned a site visit or on-site meeting with me and my organization. Will this meeting still occur?
Per recommendation from the Office of Governor Mike DeWine and out of an abundance of caution, state employees are unable to attend on-site meetings at this time. Please contact the Ohio Arts Council staff member with whom you had planned to meet to discuss options.

5. How do I know if an art event, craft fair, or community festival I was planning to attend is still taking place?
It is always best practice to check event websites or contact the event organizer prior to traveling to any event to confirm dates, times, and locations.

Please be mindful when referring to the Ohio Arts Council's Festival Directory resource (available in an online format) that starting March 2020 the DeWine Administration issued multiple orders and directives to prohibit mass gatherings, including many types of events and festivals, in order to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19. Listings in the Ohio Arts Council's Festival Directory were compiled in fall 2019 before the coronavirus outbreak and are based on information supplied by proprietors and promoters of the individual festivals and competitions at that time. It is likely that many events and festivals for spring or summer 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. 

As noted in the online and print Festival Directory, the OAC is not responsible for the accuracy of this information, and information may be subject to change. Please confirm dates and locations of events by visiting events' websites or contacting the organizers listed in the directory, and please be mindful of the state's efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery

Past Agency Updates

10/26/2020: Ohio Arts Council Statements on $20 Million in CARES Act Economic Relief for the Arts

The Ohio Controlling Board approved $20 million in economic relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the arts and culture sector to be distributed through the Ohio Arts Council. The OAC will regrant the entirety of the $20 million in federal CARES Act dollars without retaining any for overhead or administrative expenses.

Read the full media release here.

View funding guidelines and an announcement to eligible grantees here.

View a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.

09/15/2020: Ohio Department of Health Provides Reopening Guidelines for K-12 and Collegiate Performance Activities
The Ohio Department of Health released reopening guidelines for K-12 schools and collegiate band, choir, dance teams, and other performance activities. In addition to this state guidance, K-12 schools and universities also must also follow any additional health rules for the prevention of COVID-19 from their governing bodies that are more restrictive than this minimum health guidance. Independent performance teams also must follow relevant guidance from the Ohio High School Athletic Association. 

To read the guidelines, click here.

08/25/2020: Director's Order Provides Mandatory Requirements for Entertainment Venues
The Ohio Department of Health released a Director's Order on Aug. 25, 2020, detailing the requirements for the reopening of entertainment venues, which include theatres, concert and music halls, and auditoriums.  As stated in previously released reopening guidelines for performing arts theatres,  interior venue attendance will be capped at the lesser of 15 percent of fixed-seated capacity or 300 people, while outdoor venue attendance will be capped at the lesser of 15 percent of fixed seating capacity or 1,500 people. 

To read the Director's Order in its entirety, click here.

08/21/2020: Governor DeWine Announces Additional Reopening Guidelines for Performing Arts Theatres
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Aug. 21, 2020, that a reopening order for performance venues and theatres will be coming in the near future. The forthcoming order will specify that interior venue attendance will be capped at the lesser of 15 percent of fixed-seated capacity or 300 people, while outdoor venue attendance will be capped at the lesser of 15 percent of fixed seating capacity or 1,500 people. Other guidelines will align with the limits on spectators at sports venues in the administration’s Sports Order. The Governor also released guidance for performing arts theatres. More information will be shared via coronavirus.ohio.gov when it is available.

08/04/2020: OAC Board approves $12.5M in Arts Grants
The Ohio Arts Council board approved $12,500,446 in grants to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming when it met virtually on July 22 for its summer board meeting. Read the full article here.

07/29/2020: Executive Message: Investment and Engagement Lead the Way for the Arts in Ohio
In this month's Executive Message, Donna S. Collins provides an update on Ohio Arts Council agency funding for FY 2021. Read the full article here.

05/15/2020: OAC Announcement Memo to FY 2020 Sustainability Grantees
As announced earlier this month, due to state budget reductions caused by the negative effect of the coronavirus on Ohio's economy, the Ohio Arts Council was forced to reduce its current FY 2020 budget by nearly $1.35 million. Through careful fiscal management, the OAC lessened the impact on grantees by approximately $595,000. To bear the remainder of the reduction, however, the OAC has reduced its FY 2020 grant budget by $753,814. To do this, FY 2020 Sustainability grants have been reduced by 6.6 percent.

On May 14, 2020, a memo was sent by the OAC Investment Office to FY 2020 Sustainability grantees informing them of revised FY 2020 grant amounts. To view the full memo and instructions FY 2020 Sustainability grantees must follow to receive payment, click here.

06/04/2020: Governor DeWine Announces Opening of Certain Facilities
On June 4, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the reopening of certain arts facilities, with health and safety restrictions. (Previously, other types of arts facilities, such as private retail, were permitted to reopen.)

Arts venues listed below may open beginning June 10 if they are able to follow Retail, Consumer, Service, and Entertainment Guidelines and other applicable additional guidance:

  • Art galleries

  • Movie theatres (indoor)

  • Museums

Health orders will be posted on coronavirus.ohio.gov when available. 

05/06/2020: OAC Announcement to FY 2020 Grantees
On May 5, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine announced reductions of $775 million to the state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 (i.e., FY 2020, May and June). The reductions result from an abrupt state tax revenue shortfall, caused by the negative economic impact of the coronavirus on Ohio’s economy. The Ohio Arts Council has announced FY 2020 budget reductions relative to COVID-19 affecting Sustainability grantees and agency administration. Please view the full message by clicking here.

04/17/2020: OAC FY 2020 Final Report Guidance
The Ohio Arts Council is adjusting reporting requirements in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that may affect organizations that have made substantive changes to their OAC-funded projects in response to the COVID-19 crisis (e.g. cancelled or scaled back events, moved in-person activities to online, etc.). Please see more information pertaining to these adjustments in the FY 2020 Final Report Guidance FAQs.

WATCH: OHIO ARTS COUNCIL FY 2020 FINAL REPORT GUIDANCE WEBINAR

A PDF of the presentation slides can be viewed here.
 

03/24/2020: Sustainability and SASO Off-Year Update Deadlines Extended
Please see below for important information regarding Sustainability and SASO off-year updates:

Sustainability Mid-Size and SASO grantees: FY 2021 awards will be calculated using financial materials submitted in 2019. DataArts funder report submission deadline extended to October 30, 2020. The remainder of the off-year update was due in ARTIE by April 30, 2020.

Sustainability Large grantees: DataArts funder report submission deadline extended to October 30, 2020, but the remainder of the off-year update was due in ARTIE by April 30, 2020, including required Income Verification form, a cross-referenced audit, and auditor's letter.

03/13/2020: OAC issuing partial payments for FY 2020 grantees
As of March 13, 2020, the OAC began proactively issuing partial payments for nearly all current FY 2020 operating and project support grants that had not already received them. These are grants that have already been extensively reviewed via rigorous panel processes and awarded funding by the OAC board. 

OAC partial payments provide 50 percent of a total grant before the grant's end date; otherwise, OAC grants are paid entirely in arrears. Only OAC grantees with current FY 2020 awards that have not yet requested a partial payment will be affected. Affected programs include Sustainability, Arts Access, ArtSTART, ArtsNEXT, Capacity Building, Arts Partnership, State Arts Service Organizations, Building Cultural Diversity, Fund Every County, and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships.

If you are unsure whether your organization has already requested and received a FY 2020 partial payment, you can log into the ARTIE system, select "View Current/Past Awards," and for any Active Grant listed, click "Open" under the Partial Payment Request column. If partial payment has already been issued, it will be notated with a date here. If not, the amount of the forthcoming partial payment will be listed. A Final Report will still be required to receive the remaining 50 percent of your OAC award.


RESOURCES (Updated 04/09/21 at 10 a.m.)

The following websites include information to help you stay informed about COVID-19 and how you can be prepared.

UPDATED: About the Responsible Restart Ohio Plan

The State of Ohio continues to reopen gradually. Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information.

For guidance on how to safely conduct arts activities, view the State of Ohio’s sector-specific operating requirements to review mandatory and recommended best practices to responsibly resume in-person events. 

Update 04/05/21: Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health has issued a simplified health order that streamlines previous orders into a single order that underscores the most important tenants of infection prevention. 

View the Ohio Department of Health Director's Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings, and Non-Congregating

View the Ohio Department of Health Director's Order Rescinding Various Orders

 

 

UPDATED: Resources

GENERAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Ohio Department of Health | coronavirus.ohio.gov
This website is updated daily and provides helpful tips on preventing infectious disease, educational videos, and news releases with updates from the Department of Health and the Ohio Governor’s Office, and more.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

Vaccination Program Resources: The Ohio Department of Health offers online resources related to Ohio's distribution of COVID-19 vaccines statewide. More information about Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination program can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-program. A searchable list of providers throughout Ohio who have received shipments of COVID-19 vaccines for those currently being vaccinated in Phase 1B-C and Phase 2 can be found at vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Reopening Resources: For guidance on how to safely conduct arts activities, view the State of Ohio’s sector specific operating requirements to review mandatory and recommended best practices to responsibly resume in-person events.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | cdc.gov
The CDC’s website has many resources, including information specifically for schools, businesses, healthcare professionals, and travelers.

 



NATIONAL RESOURCES

Americans for the Arts: COVID-19 Resource and Response Center | americansforthearts.org
Americans for the Arts has developed a 
hub of information that includes valuable links to funding/grant opportunities throughout the country. It also features a link to a revised five-minute COVID-19 impact survey that includes short sections on reopening plans and the impact of the racial equity movement. You can keep up with the survey results by visiting the project dashboard as well as by downloading a handy one-page summary of AFTA's COVID-19 impact research.

Americans for the Arts Arts Action Fund CARES Act Table | artsactionfund.org
The Arts Action Fund offers a handy table that provides information on accessing CARES Act funds. In the table, funding opportunities are organized by what is available for nonprofit arts organizations, governmental arts agencies, commercial arts companies, self-employed individual artists, and taxpayers.

UPDATED: Americans for the Arts Arts Action Fund "American Rescue Plan and the Arts" Webinar | artsactionfund.org
Learn details of arts funding opportunities in the newly enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The webinar was hosted by Americans for the Arts Chief Counsel and Arts Action Fund Executive Director Nina Ozlu Tunceli with several guest speakers. 

Arts Agency Action Kit | americansforthearts.org
The Arts Agency Action kit is an online toolkit for arts agencies and arts organizations. Explore resources related to current information, key messaging, communications planning, and research to help you mobilize your advocates and develop actionable strategies.

Arts Midwest | artsmidwest.org
Regional arts organization Arts Midwest has assembled a page of resources that includes links to the websites of public health departments in the Arts Midwest region (which includes Ohio), a list of resources for arts and culture organizations, and answers to questions from recipients of Arts Midwest grants.

National Endowment for the Arts | arts.gov
The National Endowment for the Arts offers COVID-19 resources for artists and arts organizations, as well as a list of updates and frequently asked questions for applicants and grantees of its programs.

NEW: NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS TO RECEIVE FUNDS FROM AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN
Passed by Congress and signed by President Biden on March 11, the American Rescue Plan contains new federal relief funding for the arts, including $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA plans to have eligibility and application guidelines available in late April. In the meantime, get ready by reading their FAQ, here. Read the National Endowment for the Arts' media release about the funding here.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies "The Arts and Economic Recovery Research" | nasaa-arts.org
This collaborative research effort provides further evidence that arts and creative industries offer a powerful strategy for states and localities aiming to reignite economic growth. In addition to the healing value of the arts to communities and individuals, the arts have proven economic value and offer vital economic development strategies for diversifying and stimulating local economies in all types of communities.



ACCESSIBILITY

Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium "Leading Accessible Virtual Programs" webinar | chicagoculturalacess.org
This recorded workshop highlights the importance of integrating accessibility into virtual programs as events and presentations move to new digital forums. 

Folk Alliance International "Tech Tips and Tricks for Successful Livestreaming" webinar | folk.org
A panel of experts shares advice, insight, and tools to help you make your livestreamed performances and events as professional as possible.

Great Lakes ADA Center "Accessible Technology: Plain Language" webinar | accessibilityonline.org
In this installment of the Great Lakes ADA Center's Accessible Tech webinar series, the discussion focuses on plain language principles and strategies for making your message articulate, accessible, and actionable.

National Endowment for the Arts Accessibility Guide for Virtual Programming | arts.gov
The National Endowment for the Arts has collected resources to help ensure accessibility of virtual events for people with disabilities and shares ways to create an inclusive experience for digital programming.

Open Door Arts | opendoorartsma.org
Join Open Door Arts to review concrete tips, strategies, and resources to make online programming more accessible.

 


 

FOR ARTISTS

Arts Administrators of Color | aacnetwork.org
AAC has compiled a page to share ways to connect through Facebook groups and other virtual meet-and-greets, links to access available resources, and information on the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, which is currently accepting donations and applications.

Artist Relief Fund | artistrelief.org
The Artist Relief Fund is an initiative organized by a coalition of national grantmaking organizations and foundations that aims to support artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Artists Rights Society | arsny.com
The Artist Rights Society's relaunched website offers a guide to "Artists Rights 101." This page provides information on how artists can protect their intellectual property rights (copyrights, rights of publicity or personality, and moral rights). Explore FAQs relating to a variety of topics such as "copyright basics," "intellectual property rights," "pertinent copyright cases," and more.

Artists Thrive | artiststhrive.org
Artists Thrive has compiled resources, tools, and opportunities for artists and those who work with artists. In addition to links to various funding sources and grants, the Artist Thrive COVID-19 page includes tips for self care and opportunities to engage in digital creative prompts and challenges.

Alliance of Artists Communities | artistcommunities.org
The Alliance of Artists Communities' Emergency Relief Programs page offers support to artist residencies and artists as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The web page includes links to resources, including emergency funds, grants, and programs.

Capacity Interactive | ideas.capacityinteractive.com
Capacity Interactive, which provides digital marketing consulting for the arts, has put together a guide to specific digital marketing suggestions that show how you can maintain a presence on social media, in your audience's inbox, and online—even when in-person plans change.

CERF+ | cerfplus.org
CERF+ calls itself "the artists safety net," and it has put together a page dedicated to helping artists and organizations find assistance as they respond to COVID-19. CERF+ also wants to hear from studio-based artists to learn more about the challenges they are facing in light of the coronavirus. Responses can be submitted in the COVID-19 national impact survey

CERF+ offers a guide for self-employed workers that explains provisions of the CARES Act that make financial disaster relief available.

COVID-19 Resources for Freelance Artists | covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com
This site is specifically designed for freelance artists seeking free preparedness resources, links to online platforms, temporary/remote employment opportunities, financial relief options., and more. The website also features a link to a recorded panel discussion, "Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic," which highlights more best practices for freelance artists and independent contractors as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Creative Capital | creative-capital.org
Creative Capital has developed a list of resources, including emergency relief funds and grants, for artists working in all disciplines, arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. They will continue to update this page and provide links to additional resources as they become available.

Creative Capital "Coping with COVID" webinar | creative-capital.org
Creative Capital invites artist and energy healer Rhonda Wheatley for a webinar and conversation focusing on wellness and self-care for creatives coping with the isolation, anxiety, and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Creative Generation "Digital Care Package" for Artists | creativegeneration.art
Creative Generation's Digital Care Package for Artists and Creatives gathered words of encouragement, advice, and resources from and for the creative community. Explore tons of resources and links in this hub dubbed as a "big hug when you need it."

Theatre Story Archive | michaeldeanmorgan.com/tsa
The Theatre Story Archive, an oral history project, is currently collecting Quarantine Stories from actors, stage hands and audiences. The goal of the project is to capture the feelings, experiences, and responses to the challenge of COVID-19 in our individual and shared lives.

Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists | springboardexchange.org/workofart
The Work of Art toolkit is a resource developed and provided by Springboard for the Arts. Based on a series of professional development and entrepreneurship workshops, the Work of Art Toolkit is available for free digitally.
 



FOR ARTS EDUCATORS AND TEACHING ARTISTS

Association of Teaching Artists "COVID-19 Community Conversation" webinar | teachingartists.com
View a free recording of the Association of Teaching Artists' COVID-19 Community Conversation. This presentation discusses topics relevant to teaching artists, such as contingency planning, best practices for modifying teaching during a public health crisis, and working options for teaching artists.

Grantmakers in the Arts "What's the Forecast for Arts Education" webinar | giarts.org
As a result of COVID-19, students and families have pivoted to work packets, online learning, and virtual convenings. For teaching artists and arts funders in particular, there are outstanding questions around how to handle contracts, manage intellectual property, and how to ensure all students have access to high quality education. Hear from Kimberly Olsen, executive director of NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, and Alex Nock, principal, Penn Hill Group, as they discuss federal funding changes, how funders can respond, and what teaching artists are doing to assimilate into this new reality.

Wallace Foundation COVID-19 resource hub | wallacefoundation.org
The Wallace Foundation's COVID-19 resource hub provides ideas, information, and guidance for educators and arts professionals. This web page includes relevant blog posts, webinars, reports, and more on topics ranging from reopening protocols to financial management to creating a more equitable creative environment.


 

FUNDRAISING, DONOR RELATIONS, AND BUDGETING RESOURCES

Americans for the Arts "COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds for the Arts 101" webinar series | artsu.americansforthearts.org
In this on-demand video series, Americans for the Arts explores the federal relief programs available to artists and arts organizations during the coronavirus pandemic. Hosted by Nina Ozlu Tunceli, chief counsel of government and public affairs at Americans for the Arts and the executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, these videos will address topics such as the Paycheck Protection Program, Pandemic Unemployment, Small Business Loans, and more. New videos will be added periodically in the future, and you can register to be notified when updates are made.

Americans for the Arts "Spring Appeal and Fundraising in COVID-19" webinar | artsu.americansforthearts.org
This session discusses fundraising and crafting a spring appeal in the age of COVID-19. Presenters facilitate a discussion, share best practices, and highlight different approaches arts organizations can take.

Arts Midwest "2021 COVID-19 Relief for Arts Organizations" webinar  | artsmidwest.org
Dive into federal economic relief opportunities with Arts Midwest and speakers from CliftonLarsonAllen and the NIVA - National Independent Venue Association. This free webinar will give you the scoop on the current landscape of federal COVID-19 relief support for arts and culture organizations of all sizes. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to prepare for economic relief opportunities including the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and the Employee Retention Credit. 

Capacity Interactive: 7 Tips For Delivering Virtual Experiences  | ideas.capacityinteractive.com
Virtual events allow audiences digital access to activities in the arts. In this guide, digital marketing consultants Capacity Interactive share seven key takeaways to enhance and monetize virtual experiences.

DonorPerfect | donorperfect.com
DonorPerfect's COVID-19 Fundraising Template Kit for Nonprofits includes resources such as email and social media templates that can help organizations raise money and engage donors while complying with social distancing and other health guidelines. The free kit includes templates for a variety of communications, such as campaign launches, remote volunteer trainings, and more.

FMA - Fiscal Strength for Nonprofits | fmaonline.net
FMA helps nonprofits meet their mission through consulting, outsourcing, training, and more. Now in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, FMA has put together a COVID-19 Response Resources page that provides updates and gathers the FMA's latest blog posts, interviews, and tools to help nonprofits manage their finances and organize a response to the coronavirus crisis.

National Association of Counties "Maximizing Value on Every Public Dollar" webinar | naco.org
The National Association of Counties, NACo Financial Services Corporation, and Three + One host a webinar to show counties how to use liquidity analyses and data to maximize the value on current tax dollars and any CARES Act funding received. New opportunities exist to increase the value on public funds during a time it’s needed most, and this webinar will highlight ways to look under every stone for taxpayer benefit.

Ohio Arts Council "Budgeting During a Pandemic" webinar | oac.ohio.gov
Now more than ever, budget management is critical to navigating our changing world. In this webinar, fiscal expert Elaine Grogan Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts reviews scenarios to help organizations and individuals to plan for the ongoing pandemic and eventual recovery. 

Ohio Museums Association "Fundraising in Troubled Times" webinar | ohiomuseums.org
The Ohio Museums Association's April webinar gives museums and arts and culture organizations tools to assist in donor retention and fundraising in the midst of a national crisis. Featured experts reflect on the lessons learned from past events and crises and share tips on how to engage donors, salvage special event revenue, pivot membership programs, and leverage charitable benefits of the CARES Act.

Ohio Office of Small Business Relief | businesshelp.ohio.gov
The Office of Small Business Relief within the Ohio Development Services Agency coordinates state efforts to identify and provide direct support for Ohio's small businesses. The office's website includes resources for economic support, including specific resources for nonprofits facing financial hardships, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

Oregon Arts Commission "Creative Borrowing for your COVID-19 Comeback" webinar | oregonartscommission.org
This webinar provides information about how nonprofit organizations can use fully secured borrowing to help them through a financial crisis. Richard Linzer of Linzer Consulting gives an overview of this common financial tool. Irene Namkung, former board chair for Northwest Folklife Festival, and Stuart Weiser, former manager of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, share how their organizations used fully secured borrowing to manage their financial crises and ultimately become stronger, more resilient organizations. Additional materials including the presentation slides are here.

Veritus Group "It's NOT About Face-to-Face Anymore" webinar | veritasgroup.com
This webinar covers why digitally engaging with donors is a big step in the right direction, the myths about whether you can engage with donors digitally, why we believe digital experiences open up new possibilities for donor-centric relationships, and the strategies for maximizing available technology.

 



FOR NONPROFITS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

American Alliance of Museums | aam-us.org
AAM offers a directory of resources compiled to assist museums in internal and external preparations relating to COVID-19.

AudienceView and TheaterMania "The Patrons' Perspective" | audienceview.com
AudienceView and TheaterMania collected data and compiled a report to assist arts organizations of all sizes in their efforts to generate revenue, engage with their community, and prepare for the reopening of theatres.

Catchafire | catchafire.org
Catchafire's COVID-19 resource page helps nonprofits adapt to new ways of operating and serving communities in this critical time. The page offers opportunities to virtually speak with experts, consultants, and volunteers; links to webinars covering a variety of topics such as fundraising and workforce management for a teleworking team; and more ways to connect with other nonprofit professionals.

Community Development Investments | communitydevelopment.art
This initiative from ArtPlace America explores the intersection of the arts and culture and community development, health and well-being, and economic growth. The website houses publications, webinars, and other resources to assist in comprehensive planning efforts and further research.

League of American Orchestras | americanorchestras.org
The League of American Orchestras provides a page that includes travel considerations for musicians and orchestras, funding resources for communities impacted by the coronavirus, and sample communications that can be tailored to convey important messaging regarding program rescheduling and wellness precautions.

The League of American Orchestras has put together a federal assistance overview that provides a detailed description of funding streams accessible to nonprofits.

National Council of Nonprofits | councilofnonprofits.org
The National Council of Nonprofits highlights key provisions of the federal CARES Act and explains how these impact the nonprofit sector.

North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents: Coronavirus FAQs | napama.org
NAPAMA has put together a list of frequently asked questions relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts field. The site will be updated regularly as more information becomes available and includes a list to additional resources for agents, managers, and self-represented artists.

OCLC "REALM Project: Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums" Information Hub | webjunction.org
OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battle are working together to distribute science-based information and recommended practices to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and visitors engaging in the delivery or use of museum, library, or archival services. The information hub has links to research news and updates, as well as webinars aimed at providing guidance to archives, libraries, and museums as they make decisions about reopening and best practices.

Ohio Museums Association's COVID-19 Response Resources for Museums | ohiomuseums.org
The Ohio Museums Association has created a list of resources for both museums and museum professionals. In addition to a list of Ohio community foundations that are offering COVID-19 emergency response funds, OMA has also started a guide to Ohio museums that are offering virtual programming.

Prosper Strategies | prosper-strategies.com
Each week, Prosper Strategies releases new nonprofit-oriented resources to help organizations with their operational, strategic, and fundraising needs. Its COVID-19 webinar series offers guidance in areas such as launching effective donor communication campaigns, building nonprofit resilience, and planning virtual fundraiser events.

NEW: U.S. Small Business Administration Shuttered Venue Operators (aka "Save Our Stages")  Grant | sba.gov
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened the Shuttered Venue Operators (aka Save Our Stages) Grant program portal on April 8, 2021. However, due to technical difficulties encountered during the application opening, the SBA has temporarily suspended the SVOG application portal. The SBA is working closely with the portal vendors to reopen as soon as possible. The SBA will share advance notice of the time and date before the reopening so all applicants can be prepared and to ensure equitable access. Applicants may continue to register for a new account.

SVOG Application Informational Webinar | sba.gov
This informational webinar highlights the opening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2021. Join the SBA as they cover what documentation eligible entities will need to apply for a SVOG, insight on what the SVOG application process will look like and more. 

NOTE: The Ohio Arts Council has gathered information and links pertaining to the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Shuttered Venue Operators (aka "Save Our Stages") Grant program, available in a memo here. The SBA also released a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which are viewable here. More information on this grant program will continue to be released by the SBA at sba.gov/coronavirusrelief.

WolfBrown | wolfbrown.com
WolfBrown has launched the Audience Outlook Monitor, an international collaboration between top researchers, funders, service organizations, and hundreds of cultural organizations who want to make informed decisions about how and when to re-start programming based on rigorous research data. This website is a source of information on research findings, scenario planning, and critical thinking about audiences and programming.
 


 

REOPENING

Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences "Reopening the Performing Arts" webinar | apap365.org
Based on the recently released Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide, this webinar will determine when to reopen, how to communicate with audiences, how to ensure a sanitized venue, and most importantly, all of the considerations to keep everyone safe, from front-of-house to backstage. 

Association of Performing Arts Professionals "Public Health and the Re-Opening of the Performing Arts" with Dr. Anthony Fauci | apap365.org
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health offers up-to-the-minute intel on the status of the global pandemic and vaccine rollout in the U.S. and what this means for the performing arts industry. In this video, originally presented at the APAP|NYC+ 2021 Conference, Dr. Fauci helps the performing arts community plan for and anticipate the resumption of live performing arts programming and touring.

EMCArts "Adapting Organizations During and After the Pandemic" webinar | artsfwd.org
This four-part webinar series aims to help leaders and staff make progress amid disorder by offering frameworks for adaptive practice and examples from within the field. The sessions discuss challenges organizations are facing at this time and offer solutions for actionable strategies and plans for moving forward.

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide | eventsafetyalliance.org
Now with a new, six-month update: The Event Safety Alliance's Reopening Guide provides health and sanitary considerations necessary to protect patrons and workers as municipal officials begin to allow small-scale public gatherings. Informed by scientific advice from organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, the Reopening Guide offers suggestions specifically tailored for event and venue professionals. As stated on the Event Safety Alliance website, the first edition of the guide is aimed at informing the reopening of "the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks."

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees - Safety Program Guidelines | stage-directions.com
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has a 27-page set of guidelines detailing a possible COVID-19 Safety Program for stagecraft workers in entertainment venues and workspaces like theatres and live performance venues.

National Association of Counties "Health Equity and Social Solidarity" webinar series | naco.org
NACo's new webinar series, "Health Equity and Social Solidarity in the Time of Pandemic: Strategies for COVID-19 Response and Recovery," highlights the challenges communities are facing as they respond to COVID-19 and its impacts and serves as an opportunity for community leaders across the nation to learn from lead researchers, policymakers and each other. Visit the webinar series' landing page to access recordings of past presentations and view a schedule of upcoming events.

National Endowment for the Arts The Art of Reopening Research Publication | arts.gov
Based on in-depth interviews with nine arts organizations representing various artistic disciplines, budget sizes, and geographic regions, The Art of Reopening identifies common practices among arts groups that have successfully reopened their doors to audiences or visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

UPDATED: National Endowment for the Arts "The Art of Reopening" Webinar with Introductory Remarks from Dr. Anthony Fauci | arts.gov
How arts organizations can reopen their venues in 2021 is the topic of a webinar presented by the National Endowment for the Arts with special guest Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. 

The event is based in part on the NEA’s report The Art of Reopening: A Guide to Current Practices Among Arts Organizations During COVID-19 that was published in January 2021. The report examines reopening practices of organizations that resumed in-person programming in 2020 and presents promising tactics and nine case studies. 

Texas Historical Commission "Museums Beyond Reopening" webinar | thc.texas.gov
This webinar focuses on helping museums develop a toolbox to keep operations agile and resilient while making steps to grow their mission. Learn how to modify operations to meet challenges the pandemic has brought, build new revenue streams, and explore new opportunities to make your museum stronger in this time of change.
 


 

WEBINARS & PODCASTS

Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences webinars | apap365.org
The Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences (APAP) webinar page collects upcoming and previous APAP webinars covering topics such as nonprofit finance management, emergency preparedness, COVID-19 resources for artists, self care, and more. The page also features links to other webinar recordings and ongoing webinar series. 

Americans for the Arts "Engaging Your Audience During and After COVID-19" webinar | artsu.americansforthearts.org
This webinar reviews the tenets of strong audience development, explores approaches and frameworks to help us think about and understand our audiences in ways that can guide our programming and/or communication, and checks in with the most recent data that can help inform future planning.

Artist Relief "Upholding Mobility and Access" webinar | artistrelief.org
In this conversation with Kristy Edumnds, executive and artistic director of UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance, and Lauren Snelling, senior director of alumni programming at the National YoungArts Foundation, presenters address the harsh realities associated with a return to public gatherings and ongoing postponements and cancellations. They also provide a hopeful perspective on alternatives for artists operating in a virtual landscape.

Artsy gallery innovation webinar | artsy.net
Join gallery leaders from around the world as they discuss innovative practices such as connecting with collectors and artists online, email marketing strategies, and approaches to social media outreach and engagement. 

Catchafire webinars | catchafire.org/webinars
Catchafire offers on-demand access to recorded webinars that cover a variety of topics relevant to nonprofit organizations. Many recent webinars are related to navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, with presentations including hosting virtual programming and nurturing donor relations in a time of social distancing, while others discuss evergreen topics such as management skills and communication with donors.

Citizens' Institute on Rural Design "CIRD in the Time of COVID-19" webinar | rural-design.org
In this webinar, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design discusses the role of design when stay-at-home orders impact placemaking efforts. Topics discussed include how organizations that work in design can respond to economic distress head-on, especially in rural communities that seek to engage with the arts to drive economic development.

Dexibit coronavirus webinars | dexibit.com/covid19
Dexibit, a software company that serves visitor attractions such as museums; galleries; zoos; and other arts, cultural, and entertainment destinations and organizations around the world, hosts webinars that share COVID-19 response resources and strategies for managing visitor attractions and retaining audiences through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grantmakers in the Arts "Supporting rural communities and individual artists" webinar | giarts.org
According to a National Governors Association report about rural support, creative sector initiatives are most effective when attuned to the particular creative assets and needs of rural communities. Join a panel of experts as they share what makes their communities and support unique and what funders should keep in mind when supporting rural communities and individual artists in these communities.

Independent Sector "Organizational Survival and Sustainability" webinar  | independentsector.org
Numerous organizations have been in "survival mode" even before the COVID-19 crisis, and they are no doubt going to face some very tough decisions ahead. This webinar guides listeners to help them realize that there is no better time for organizations to really evaluate the situation and take action.

National Guild for Community Arts Education | nationalguild.org
The National Guild for Community Arts Education has a COVID-19 resource page that includes links to ongoing webinar series focusing on themes such as "Transitioning Arts Programming for Shelter in Place Audiences" and "Human-Centered Approaches in a Time of Crisis." The page also includes opportunities for virtual engagement through general and specific Facebook and Slack groups and video-enabled "Community Conversations."

Ohio Arts Council "Going Virtual: Moving Work and Programming Online" webinar | oac.ohio.gov
Explore new technology and techniques to help rethink your daily work and programming using virtual spaces. Beth Flowers, executive director of AIR Institute, provides in-depth training on the latest Zoom functionality and case studies for moving meetings, workshops, fundraising, community events, and performances online.

Performing Arts Readiness webinars | performingartsreadiness.org/webinars
Performing Arts Readiness is hosting free webinars throughout the months of January, February, and March touching on topics related to business continuity, risk assessment, disaster response, and more.

Americans for the Arts Updates

The following resources were shared by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) in their October 20, 2020, news update. Updates were made on January 6, 2021.

AFTA NEWS/UPDATES

  • #artcreateshope. Tell us how the arts create hope for you! Share your story of the arts creating hope in your life. Don't forget to tag @americans4arts and include #ArtsCreateHope in your social media posts. Need a little inspiration? Use our sample language and download images to get your post started.
  • COVID-19’s Impact on The Arts Research Update: October 19, 2020.The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on America’s arts sector. Since the first U.S. case was reported on January 20, 2020, cancellations and closings are taking place at thousands of arts organizations across the country, and two-thirds of the nation’s artists are now unemployed. Americans for the Arts leads the three premier national studies tracking the human and financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the arts.
  • "To Rebuild and Reimagine the United States Post-Pandemic, We Must Put Creative Workers to Work,” a policy proposal developed with more than 100 partners throughout the creative community to Put Creative Workers to Work in the national recovery—activating the creative economy and drawing upon the creative energies of the country’s 5.1 million creative workers to energize Americans, reimagine how communities can thrive, and improve the lives of all. Click here to view the full proposal, and follow the endorsement link at the top to submit your endorsement. You can sign on as either an individual or as an authorized representative for an organization.
  • CARES Act Table of Federal Arts Funding Opportunities – This helpful table breaks down the CARES Act so you can determine which funding opportunities apply to you, whether you represent a nonprofit organization, a governmental agency, a commercial arts company, a self-employed gig worker, or just a taxpayer. The table is regularly updated and links to helpful FAQs are listed on the last page.
  • Please complete our revised COVID-19 survey for organizations. It collects critical up-to-date estimates that we need for our collective advocacy efforts. However, we’ve removed less relevant questions and added short sections on re-opening plans and the impact of the racial equity movement. You can keep up with the survey results by visiting the project dashboard as well as by downloading a handy one-page summary of all of our COVID-19 impact research.
  • Sample plans for reopening: AFTA is collecting and sharing reopening plans. Some communities are closer than others to restarting businesses and allowing the public back into museums and cultural sites. As we receive examples of plans to reopen (please send them to services@artsusa.org), we will share them on the resource center. 

FIELD PROGRAMMING

FIELD NEWS/COMMUNICATIONS

RELIEF FUNDS

  • Arts Administrators of Color Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund: $200 grants. Supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) artists and arts administrators impacted by COVID-19. Deadline: Application ongoing
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts. $1,500 one-time grant. Focused on providing support to choreographers, composers, playwrights, directors, visual artists, and poets, and cannot support dancers, actors, ensemble members, or designers who were working on a canceled or postponed project of work that is not their own. Deadline: Not stated
  • India Center Foundation. $1,000 grants, up to $2,000. Focused on assisting United States based arts workers of South Asian descent (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) in performing arts, film, visual arts, and/or literature. Deadline: Not stated

GENERAL NEWS

Americans for the Arts has developed a coronavirus resource and response center, a hub of information that provides news and resources for the arts and culture field. They also released a dashboard that shows data collected from the organization's ongoing economic impact survey. Using this tool, you can view  data at a national level, as well as localized state and ZIP code data. View the dashboard here.

 

WEB PAGE UPDATE LOG (Updated 04/21/21 at 6:40 p.m.)

Web Page Update Log

April 21, 2021, 6:40 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor Mike DeWine's April 21, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

April 16, 2021, 5 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor Mike DeWine's April 15, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

April 13, 2021, 10:05 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor Mike DeWine's April 13, 2021, COVID-19 Update and new information about the 2020 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio, which will now take place as a virtual event with an online premiere on May 10, 2021, at noon.

April 9, 2021, 10 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor Mike DeWine's April 8, 2021, COVID-19 Update and new information about the Shuttered Venue Operators (aka "Save Our Stages") Grant program.

April 5, 2021, 5 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor Mike DeWine's April 5, 2021, COVID-19 Update, information about the Ohio Department of Health's new simplified health order (issued April 5, 2021), and new links in the "Resources" section.

April 1, 2021, 4:50 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor Mike DeWine's April 1, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

March 26, 2021, 11:20 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor Mike DeWine's March 25, 2021, COVID-19 Update. New links were added to the "Resources" section.

March 23, 2021, 4 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor Mike DeWine's March 23, 2021, COVID-19 Update. New links were added to the "Resources" section.

March 22, 2021, 5:05 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor Mike DeWine's March 22, 2021, COVID-19 Update and more information about the U.S. Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators (aka Save Our Stages) Grant program.

March 19, 2021, 9:30 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's March 18, 2021, COVID-19 Update. Links in the "Resources" section were also updated.

March 17, 2021, 12:10 p.m. - This page was last updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

March 16, 2021, 4:50 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's March 16, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

March 15, 2021, 4:45 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's March 15, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

March 15, 2021, 10:45 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's March 14, 2021, COVID-19 Update and information about $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts included in the federal American Rescue Plan. Additionally, links and information were updated in the "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Resources" sections.

March 11, 2021, 5 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's March 10, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

March 8, 2021, 4:45 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's March 8, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

March 8, 2021, 10:45 a.m. - This page was last updated to include new information on the U.S. Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators (aka "Save Our Stages") Grant program.

March 7, 2021, 4:40 p.m. - This page was last updated to include information on the U.S. Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators (aka "Save Our Stages") Grant program and Governor DeWine's March 5, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

March 3, 2021, 1:15 p.m. - This page was last updated to include information on the U.S. Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators (aka "Save Our Stages") Grant program in both a #SaveOurStages Update and in the Resources section.

March 2, 2021, 2 p.m. - This page was last updated to include information on the public health orders regarding mass gatherings and entertainment venues.

March 2, 2021, 10:30 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's March 1, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

February 25, 2021, 4:40 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Feb. 25, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

February 23, 2021, 3:30 p.m. - This page was last updated to include information about the State of Ohio's sector-specific operating requirements. Older statewide and agency updates have been moved to the "Past Agency Updates" tab. Links were added and updated in the "Resources" tab.

February 22, 2021, 5:15: p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Feb. 22, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

February 18, 2021, 5 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Feb. 18, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

February 17, 2021, 9:30 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Feb. 16, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

February 12, 2021, 10:10 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Feb. 11, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

February 10, 2021, 10 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Feb. 9, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

February 8, 2021, 12:45 p.m. - This page was last updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

February 5, 2021, 3:20 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Feb. 4, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

January 28, 2021, 5 p.m. - This page was last updated to include a link to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (aka Save Our Stages) program FAQ sheet.

January 27, 2021, 5 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Jan. 26, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

January 22, 2021, 9:35 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Jan. 21, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

January 20, 2021, 1:10 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Jan. 19, 2021, COVID-19 Update.

January 15, 2021, 4:45 p.m. - This page was last updated to include information about the U.S. Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (aka Save Our Stages) program and the Ohio COVID-19 vaccination program. New links were also added to the "Resources" section.

January 14, 2021, 12:15 p.m. - This page was last updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

January 13, 2021, 9 a.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Jan. 12, 2021, COVID-19 Update and new links in the "Resources" section.

January 12, 2021, 2:25 p.m. - This page was last updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

January 6, 2021, 3 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Governor DeWine's Jan. 5, 2021, COVID-19 Update and new links in the "Resources" section.

December 29, 2020, 5 p.m. - This page was last updated to include the newest Statewide Update discussing Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination program.

November 19, 2020, 11:45 a.m. - This page was last updated to include the newest Agency Update announcing 296 grant awards totaling $20 million in economic relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the arts and culture sector in Ohio.

November 18, 2020, 4:15 p.m. - This page was last updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

October 26, 2020, 3:55 p.m. - This page was last updated to include Ohio Arts Council statements on the $20 million CARES Act economic relief for the arts to be distributed through the OAC, as approved by the Ohio Controlling Board. 

October 26, 2020, 12:30 p.m. - This page was last updated to archive previous Agency Updates in the "Past Agency Updates" section and to add new links in the "Resources" section.

October 20, 2020, 5 p.m. - This page was updated to include the latest Americans for the Arts News Update in the "Resources" section.

September 22, 2020, 2:55 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links and the latest Americans for the Arts News Update in the "Resources" section.

September 15, 2020, 4 p.m. - This page was updated to include the Ohio Department of Health's reopening guidelines for K-12 school and collegiate performance activities such as band, choir, and dance teams.

August 25, 2020, 5:05 p.m. - This page was updated to include the newest statewide update covering the Department of Health's Director's Order providing mandatory requirements for entertainment venues. 

August 21, 2020, 7 p.m. - This page was updated to include the newest statewide update covering Governor Mike DeWine's additional reopening guidelines for performing arts theatres.

August 20, 2020, 2:55 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

August 7, 2020, 1:55 p.m. - This page was updated to include the latest Ohio Arts Council agency update.

August 3, 2020, 2:20 p.m. - This page was updated to include the latest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

July 29, 2020, 5 p.m. - This page was updated to include the latest Agency Update and new links in the "Resources" section.

July 20, 2020, 1:45 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

July 16, 2020, 3:50 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

July 9, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

July 6, 2020, 4:45 p.m. - This page was updated to include the latest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

July 1, 2020, 3:05 p.m.  - This page was updated to include the latest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

June 29, 2020, 6:20 p.m.  - This page was updated to include the latest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

June 26, 2020, 3:40 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

June 24, 2020, 4:30 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links and the latest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

June 22, 2020, 11:55 a.m. - This page was updated to include new links and the latest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

June 22, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

June 17, 2020, 1 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links and the latest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

June 16, 2020, 2:40 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

June 12, 2020, 3:10 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links and the latest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

June 10, 2020, 4:45 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

June 5, 2020, 10 a.m. - This page was updated to include new information about coronavirus testing availability in the state of Ohio. More links were added to the "Resources" section.

June 4, 2020, 4:50 p.m. - This page was updated to include information from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine regarding the opening of certain facilities including art galleries, movie theatres, and museums.

June 4, 2020, 3:40 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

May 28, 2020, 3:20 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links and the latest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

May 27, 2020, 5 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

May 22, 2020, 11:30 a.m. - This page was updated to include the newest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab. 

May 21, 2020, 3 p.m. - This page was updated to include the newest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab. 

May 21, 2020, 10 a.m. - This page was updated to include the new health order and advisory from the Ohio Department of Health and new links in the "Resources" tab.

May 19, 2020, 1:55 p.m. - This page was updated to include the newest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab. 

May 18, 2020, 4:20 p.m. - This page was updated to include the newest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab. 

May 15, 2020, 2:40 p.m. - This page was updated to include a new agency update regarding revised FY 2020 Sustainability grant amounts and new links in the "Resources" tab.​

May 14, 2020, 2:20 p.m. - This page was updated to include the newest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

May 13, 2020, 2:15 p.m. - This page was updated to include the newest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

May 12, 2020, 4:15 p.m. - This page was updated to include the newest Americans for the Arts news update and more links in the "Resources" tab.

May 7, 2020, 2:35 p.m. - This page was updated to include the newest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

May 7, 2020, 8 a.m. - This page was updated to include the agency update "Ohio Arts Council Announcement to FY 2020 Grantees."

May 6, 2020, 2:40 p.m. - This page was updated to include the newest Americans for the Arts news update in the "Resources" tab.

May 5, 2020, 4 p.m. - This page was updated to include a new "Americans for the Arts Updates" tab under "Resources."

May 1, 2020, 9:15 a.m. - This page was updated to include information on the Ohio Department of Health's Stay Safe Ohio Order. The Agency Update regarding the deadline extension for Sustainability and SASO off-year updates has been moved to the "Frequently Asked Questions" section under "Past Agency Updates."

April 30, 2020, 12:30 p.m. - This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

April 28, 2020, 10:15 a.m. - This page was updated to include information about the State of Ohio's reopening details for certain businesses, activities, and economic sectors.

April 24, 2020, 3 p.m. This page was updated to include new links in the "Resources" section.

April 23, 2020, 4:30 p.m. - This page was updated to include links to recorded webinars in the "Resources" section.

April 17, 2020, 5 p.m. This page was updated to include the recorded webinar "Ohio Arts Council FY 2020 Final Report Guidance."

April 17, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - This page was updated to include information about the Ohio Arts Council's FY 2020 Final Report Guidance. This information is located in a new tab titled "FY 2020 Final Report Guidance" under "Frequently Asked Questions." The agency update about partial payments has been moved under "Ohio Arts Council Grants, Deadlines, and Funding" under "Frequently Asked Questions." More links were added to the "Resources" section.

April 15, 2020, 9:40 a.m. - This page was updated to include additional links in the "Resources" section.

April 8, 2020, 4:50 p.m. - This page was updated to include additional links in the "Resources" section.

April 8, 2020, 12:10 p.m. - This page was updated to include information about the National Endowment for the Arts' CARES Act arts grants for recent NEA grantees. This information is included in the "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Resources" section.

April 7, 2020, 3:40 p.m. - This page was updated to include additional resources and links in the "Resources" section.

April 7, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - This page was updated to include additional resources and links in the "Resources" section.

April 6, 2020, 11 a.m. - This page was updated to include additional resources and links, including the amended Stay at Home order that was extended by Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, until May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

April 2, 2020, 3 p.m. - The page was updated to include additional links in the "Resources" section.

April 1, 2020, 4 p.m. - The "Resources" section of the page was updated to include additional information about assistance available to small businesses and nonprofits provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

March 31, 2020, 1 p.m. - The page was updated to include more information and links to resources about the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. These changes were made in the "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Resources" sections.

March 31, 2020, 11:30 a.m. - The page was updated to include additional information about the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in the "Resources" section.

March 30, 2020, 9:20 a.m. - The page was updated to include information about the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section.

March 25, 2020, 2:15 p.m. - The page was updated to include additional links in the "Resources" section.

March 24, 2020, 2:05 p.m. - The page was updated to include the extended deadlines for Sustainability and SASO off-year updates. This information is reflected as an "Agency Update" and in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section. The "Resources" section was reorganized for improved readability and additional links were added.

March 23, 2020, 1:20 p.m. - This page was updated to include information and links related to the Ohio Department of Health's Stay at Home order.

March 20, 2020, 10:45 a.m. - This page was updated to include information and links related to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Low-Interest Loans and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website in the "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Resources" sections. Other funding and preparedness resources were also added to the "Resources" section.

March 18, 2020, 5 p.m. - This page was updated to include information about the rescheduling of the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster Professional Development Day, originally planned for April 2 in Wooster, Ohio. The change is reflected in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section. Additional links were added to the "Resources" section. 

March 17, 2020, 4:40 p.m. - The page was updated to include information in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section about the status of events listed in the Ohio Arts Council's Festival Directory. 

March 16, 2020, 3:35 p.m. - All references to "mass gatherings" on this page have been updated to state that a "mass gathering" is defined in the Ohio Department of Health order as "an event that includes 50 or more people convening in a single space at the same time."

March 16, 2020, 1 p.m. - The page was updated to include new information regarding the postponement of the 2020 Arts Impact Ohio Conference in Akron.

March 16, 2020, 12:15 p.m. - New information regarding the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery's hours of operation was added to the "Frequently Asked Questions" section. Additional links were added to the "Resources" section.

March 13, 2020, 4:25 p.m. - The page was updated to include the Ohio Arts Council's announcement that the agency has begun proactively issuing partial payments for nearly all current FY 2020 operating and project support grants that have not already received them. Additional links were also added to the "Resources" section.

March 12, 2020, 6 p.m. - The "Resources" section was updated to include a link to the Ohio Department of Health's order prohibiting mass gatherings in Ohio. Answers to questions regarding events that have received Ohio Arts Council funding have been updated to reflect the content of the order. 

March 12, 2020, 4 p.m. - The "Frequently Asked Questions" section was updated with new guidance for scheduling meetings with Ohio Arts Council staff.

March 12, 2020, 9:51 a.m. - A web page update log section was added. Links to the Association of Teaching Artists' COVID-19 Community Conversation webinar; the League of American Orchestras' coronavirus page; the Event Safety Alliance's "Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Outbreak" webinar; and ArtsReady's emergency preparedness newsletter were added to the resources list.

March 11, 2020, 10 a.m. - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates, FAQs, and Resources page created and published.