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 1:55 p.m. on August 7, 2020, to include the latest Ohio Arts Council agency 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.

COVID-19 testing is important and available. Testing will be critical to improving our public health and responsibly resuming economic and social activity while science works towards a vaccine, especially with many subsectors of the arts and cultural sector in the process of reopening. The Ohio Department of Health is actively encouraging testing among a larger population, based on the priority groups for testing linked here. This currently includes any individuals who are hospitalized, health care workers, high-risk (based on age, race, underlying medical conditions, etc.), symptomatic, and more. To find a testing site, please find a map available here on the coronavirus.ohio.gov website.

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 Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH; and more. To speak with someone directly regarding the coronavirus, please call the state’s hotline at 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

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

AGENCY UPDATE 08/04/2020: MEDIA RELEASE - OHIO ARTS COUNCIL 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.

AGENCY UPDATE 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.

STATEWIDE UPDATE 06/04/2020: GOVERNOR 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. Additional information and sector specific operating requirements (including the Retail, Consumer, Service, and Entertainment Guidelines) can be found on the Responsible RestartOhio page coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.
 
STATEWIDE UPDATE 05/21/2020: GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW HEALTH ORDER AND ADVISORY SIGNED

On May 20, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that a new and advisory had been signed by Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, modifying prior orders.

Titled “Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans,” the new advisory recommends (but does not require) that Ohioans continue to stay at home as much as possible. It maintains mandates limiting large groups and requiring safe business conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Ohio. It also advises elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness to take additional precautions. Read the full advisory here.

A modified version of the Stay Safe Ohio order remains in effect, and the State of Ohio continues to reopen gradually. Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information regarding the Responsible RestartOhio plan to reopen the state, continued business closures, operating requirements and protocols for opened business, and critical public health news.

AGENCY UPDATE 04/17/2020: OHIO ARTS COUNCIL 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Updated 07/29/20 at 5 p.m.)

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?
On May 20, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that a new and advisory had been signed by Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, modifying prior orders.

Titled “Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans,” the new advisory recommends (but does not require) that Ohioans continue to stay at home as much as possible. It maintains mandates limiting large groups and requiring safe business conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Ohio. It also advises elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness to take additional precautions. Read the full advisory here.

A modified version of the Stay Safe Ohio order remains in effect, and the State of Ohio continues to reopen gradually. Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information regarding the Responsible RestartOhio plan to reopen the state, continued business closures, operating requirements and protocols for opened business, and critical public health news.

NEW: 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. Additional information and sector specific operating requirements (including the Retail, Consumer, Service, and Entertainment Guidelines) can be found on the Responsible RestartOhio page coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.

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, but 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 is 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?
The scheduled OAC public panel meetings for ArtSTART planned for June will be held as scheduled, but the agency will host them virtually rather than in-person. 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.

7. How does the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act support arts organizations and artists?
A $2 trillion federal COVID-19 relief bill was signed by President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts intended to assist nonprofit arts organizations "to prevent, prepare for, and respond to (the) coronavirus, domestically or internationally." The CARES Act also includes additional support for nonprofit cultural organizations, museums, libraries, and public broadcasting. Furthermore, expanded Unemployment Insurance includes coverage for furloughed workers, freelancers, and "independent contractors like 'gig economy' workers such as actors, musicians, and artists and nonprofit organizations and small businesses, including those working in the creative economy," as described in an Americans for the Arts media release. Read more about how the CARES Act assists the arts on the National Endowment for the Arts' website and the Americans for the Arts' website.

Additional guides for navigating what the CARES Act means for individuals and nonprofits have been shared by Independent Sector and the National Council of Nonprofits.

8. Do I qualify for direct funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through its CARES Act appropriation?
On April 8, 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced guidelines to distribute funding it received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to nonprofit arts organizations through direct NEA grants. As part of that announcement, the NEA stipulated that CARES Act funding is only open to organizations that have received direct NEA grants in the past four federal fiscal years (FFY 2017 - FFY 2020). The NEA explains why on its CARES Act FAQ Page.

Applications for these special grants were due on April 22, 2020. The earliest announcement of grant award or rejection is expected by June 30.

For more information, please see the NEA's website for program description, eligibility requirements, application review, and FAQs.

The direct grants described above comprise $40 million of the $75 million appropriated to the National Endowment for the Arts through the CARES Act. The NEA will award the remainder of the funds directly to state and regional arts agencies by April 30, 2020. The Ohio Arts Council is currently waiting for additional state-level guidance on funds and is considering several different scenarios, which will be dependent on NEA criteria. We promise to provide more information once our board's leadership has approved the way forward for these additional funds.

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).

11. Is the OAC receiving new NEA funds via the CARES Act? How will they be spent? Is a new application process being developed?
The NEA was allocated $75 million via the CARES Act, and of that, 40 percent ($30 million) must be reallocated to state and regional arts organizations, including the OAC, which received approximately $500,000.

That being said, Governor DeWine has elected not to use the state’s “rainy-day fund” to offset FY 2020 reductions. In doing so, the Governor explained, “I know that I have said that 'it’s raining,' but we do not want to tap into the rainy-day fund yet….The ‘rain’ is not a passing spring shower – it could be a long, cold, lingering storm, and we should not use the fund until it is necessary.” He further added that usage of the rainy-day fund is likely in FY 2021, as part of a desire to provide a level of stability and predictability to state finances despite the downturn. At this juncture, reductions to the OAC’s FY 2021 grant budget are possible, although the agency will make every effort to help grantees weather the storm.

In line with the Governor’s approach, the OAC will apply its approximately $500,000 in federal CARES Act funding entirely to FY 2021 Sustainability grants. This approach will help in several ways. First, it will mitigate future FY 2021 state-level reductions that could outpace the CARES Act support. Second, as the OAC plans for FY 2021 and revises its grant budget, it will allow us to take a holistic view of our total grants budget and free up state dollars for other grant program areas. Third, it will allow time to seek necessary approvals required by state law to expend the federal funds. Finally, and most importantly for Sustainability grantees, it will help to smooth any grant reductions over two fiscal years, keeping Sustainability funding more reliable, rather than having grantees endure a small reduction this year followed by a much steeper reduction next year. As in past financial downturns, rest assured that the OAC’s commitment to maintaining funding for its operating support grantees remains its top grantmaking priority.

This approach can take effect immediately, is administratively lean, requires the development of no additional application process (or subsequent awardee reporting), and honors our existing commitments to current grantees and their valuable work. We can think of no more effective or efficient way to support the incredible work of Ohio’s artists and arts educators than to support the organizations they work with the most, and continue efforts aimed at sustaining their operations during this challenging time.

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

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

2. Have any Ohio Arts Council events been rescheduled?
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.
2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio (originally scheduled for March 25)
After consulting with the Governor's Office, and out of an abundance of caution, the Ohio Arts Council has made the difficult decision to reschedule the 2020 Governor's Awards. The health and safety of our arts community is always our top priority, and although we will miss seeing you on March 25, we look forward to celebrating this wonderful group of winners once we have rescheduled!
Stay tuned for more information and the announcement of a new date. Current ticket holders and table sponsors are encouraged to hold their registrations for the rescheduled date. Those who choose not to retain their registrations may contact Katie Monahan at katie.monahan@oac.ohio.gov for refund options.
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 both print and online formats) 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

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.

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.

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 08/03/20 at 2:20 p.m.)

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

About the Urgent Health Advisory - Ohioans Protecting Ohioans, Stay Safe Ohio Order, and Responsible Restart Ohio Plan

On May 20, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that a new and advisory had been signed by Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, modifying prior orders.

Titled “Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans,” the new advisory recommends (but does not require) that Ohioans continue to stay at home as much as possible. It maintains mandates limiting large groups and requiring safe business conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Ohio. It also advises elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness to take additional precautions. Read the full advisory here.

A modified version of the Stay Safe Ohio order remains in effect, and the State of Ohio continues to reopen gradually. Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information regarding the Responsible RestartOhio plan to reopen the state, continued business closures, operating requirements and protocols for opened business, and critical public health news.

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).

UPDATE 5/21/20: On May 20, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that a new and advisory had been signed by former Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, modifying prior orders.

Titled “Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans,” the new advisory recommends (but does not require) that Ohioans continue to stay at home as much as possible. It maintains mandates limiting large groups and requiring safe business conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Ohio. It also advises elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness to take additional precautions. Read the full advisory here.

A modified version of the Stay Safe Ohio order remains in effect, and the State of Ohio continues to reopen gradually. Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information regarding the Responsible RestartOhio plan to reopen the state, continued business closures, operating requirements and protocols for opened business, and critical public health news.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Low-Interest Loans | SBA.gov/Disaster
Nonprofits and small businesses in Ohio are eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans of up to $2 million through the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The loans may be used by Ohio nonprofits and small business owners to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid because of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact. The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75 percent. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. To keep payments affordable, the loans are long term, with up to 30 years for repayment. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on each borrower's ability to repay.

The federal CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, provides additional assistance for small business owners and nonprofits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For more information on the advance, how to apply, and other SBA assistance in response to the coronavirus, visit sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19


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.

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.

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.

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide | eventsafetyalliance.org
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."

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.

NEW: 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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

 

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. The fund invites practicing artists 21 years or older working in any discipline to apply for $5,000 grants. The initiative will operate through September 2020.

Artists Rights Society | arsny.com
The Artist Rights Society's recently 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.

NEW: 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."

 

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. 

NEW: 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. 

NEW: 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.

NEW: 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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 webinar | eventsafetyalliance.org
The Event Safety Alliance has made a recording of its free "Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak" available to watch at the link above. This presentation aims to help increase understanding of the COVID-19 situation and encourage the development of continuity plans and crisis management processes.

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 Accessbile Tech webinar series, the discussion focuses on plain language principles and strategies for making your message articulate, accessible, and actionable.

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 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 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.

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 "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.

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.

Performing Arts Readiness webinars | performingartsreadiness.org/webinars
Performing Arts Readiness is hosting free webinars throughout the months of April, May, and June touching on topics related to crisis engagement and donor relations, emergency preparedness, risk assessment for performing arts organizations, communications and reputation management, and more. New topics and presentations are being added daily, including upcoming webinars focusing on community recovery and management of legacy materials.

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.

Theatre Communications Group "Coronavirus Preparedness" webinar | Video posted on Facebook
Visit the link above to watch a free replay of the Theatre Communications Group’s webinar, which discusses resources for preparedness for theatres by touching on topics such as insurance, budgeting, and outbreak prevention.

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.

Americans for the Arts Updates

The following resources were shared by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) in their August 3, 2020, news update.

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: July 27, 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.
  • EXTENDED TO AUGUST 8, 2020: The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan through a bank or online financial institution was officially extended from June 30 to August 8, 2020.
  • EXTENDED THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR: OFFICE HOURS! Extended through the end of this year on Fridays (excluding holidays) from 11 a.m. to noon EDT. Join Nina Ozlu Tunceli with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund to get answers to your most pressing questions about navigating the CARES Act relief programs. Check the link for any additional dates or occasional blackout dates.  
    • Book Nina for your next local, state, or national webinar related to CARES Act funding for the arts and/or ArtsVote 2020 legislative and political activities. Free for members. 
  • 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

  • OnDemand: COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds for the Arts 101 Series 
     
  • Aug. 11, 2 p.m. | From Appalachia to Alaska: Supporting rural communities and individual artists
    Presented by Grantmakers in the Arts. 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. This is critically important as we advocate for needs-based and community-centered approaches to support. Join us on August 11 to hear from Roy Agloinga, program officer, Rasmuson Foundation; Enzina Marrari, program officer, Rasmuson Foundation; Stephanie Hyre, senior program officer, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation; and Thomas Watson, owner and executive director, Rural Support Partners. They will 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.
     
  • Aug. 18, 2 p.m. | What’s the Forecast for Arts Education
    Presented by Grantmakers in the Arts. As a result of COVID-19, students and families have pivoted to work packets, online learning, and virtual convenings. This has proven to be a very difficult transition for many. 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. Join us on August 18 to 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.

FIELD NEWS/COMMUNICATIONS

RELIEF FUNDS

  • CERF+. One-time $1,000 grants. Supporting professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists. Deadline: Sept. 9
  • 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

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE


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 08/07/20 at 1:55 p.m.)

Web Page Update Log

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.