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COVID-19 Update from OAC

March 12, 2020

Special Communication

COVID-19 Update from OAC

Dear Oregon Arts Community,
As coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread across Oregon, we recognize the impact this health crisis and recently announced restrictions on gatherings of more than 250 people are having on Oregon arts organizations and artists.
We want to support you in responding to and managing that impact and have gathered some resources that we believe could be valuable to the field, below.
For the general public, Governor Kate Brown today issued guidelines for workplaces, schools, care facilities and other community-wide mitigation efforts to help protect vulnerable and high-risk Oregonians and to protect our state’s health care system capacity.
The Oregon Health Authority continues to update its website with resources, a searchable frequently asked questions page and educational materials in multiple languages.
Also, we recognize that some project grant award recipients are suffering cancellations and are panicked at the potential loss of income and support. Know that we will give full consideration to how we can accommodate those situations.
We are all in this together. We at the Arts Commission will do all in our power to support Oregon’s arts community through this health crisis.
In the meantime, we all know that the arts help us persevere in the face of adversity. Many organizations are rethinking how they can serve the community through online performances and resources. We trust that inspiration and creativity will help us all move forward.
Brian Rogers, Executive Director
Oregon Arts Commission

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