ArtsVote 2020 Monthly Update: April 21, 2020

Americans for the Arts President's FY20 Budget Calls for Termination of Cultural Agencies Again

ArtsVote 2020 Monthly Update: April 21, 2020

ArtsVote 2020 Monthly updates feature quick links for our members to access information to both our legislative and political efforts during the COVID-19 global health pandemic and economic crisis.

As we previously reported, Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund secured key eligibility criteria changes in the first round of funding in the $2.3 trillion CARES Act. We ensured that nonprofit and commercial arts organizations are eligible to apply for SBA grants and loans in addition to supplemental direct general operating support grants with no match requirements through the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

We also helped to expand eligibility for professional artists, independent contractors, and gig workers to apply for SBA grants and Pandemic Unemployment Compensation through their states. Early reports indicate that thousands of arts and

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Are we there yet? COVID update from Mindy Carpenter

Are we there yet? Close? No? Okay, let’s look at art instead and laugh a little and count our blessings even when we’re feeling the weight of our new normal. I’m like you, sheltering in place, probably doing similar things as you, like Zoom meetings, rearranging the sock drawer, watching Netflix, slow cooking, fast eating, walking the dog, patting the cat, cleaning the junk drawer, reorganizing every closet, sending mail, painting, working on my business, staying connected and obsessively consuming the news and a variety of funny inspired memes. We will get through this. And the daily ups and downs are profound….for instance, in a cosmic timing trifecta, I had a book, catalogue and greeting card launch all on/around March 15th. Yup, The Day It Started.

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