Weekly Web Roundup: June 29-July 10, 2020

Thanks to the July 4th holiday weekend, our Weekly Web Roundup is super-sized this week! Catch up now on two weeks’ worth of news and blogs, including the next in our spotlight series on the exemplary 2020 Johnson Fellowship nominees; the conclusion of a four-part blog series on leadership in times of crisis; and three fresh perspectives on the ways our world is changing in 2020 and how the arts are part of every aspect of that change, from opportunity to advancement to recovery. The DIAL.studio webinar series for young professionals also resumes this week, with Margie Johnson Reese leading a session on the history of arts administration and organizations.


Spotlight on 2020 Johnson Fellowship Nominees: Creating Space(s) to Activate Artistic and Cultural Movements by Pam Korza
At different career stages, artist-activists Venus DeMars and Luke Stewart may be considered by some on the musical fringes. What they hold in common is a steady and deliberate dedication to bringing their communities out of the margins and advancing and improving conditions for them to thrive.

Leadership Success in a Crisis Environment: Leaders Demonstrate Value during Crises
Leadership Success in a Crisis Environment: A Leader’s Crisis Management Checklist by Dr. Jonathan Katz
In the final two posts of this four-part ARTSblog series, find examples of ways leaders can demonstrate value in times of crisis and learn how to keep focused on principles for effective crisis management as you prioritize functions, maintain order, and move your organization’s decision-making horizon further ahead.

How a Local Business Chamber & the Arts Work Together as a Vital Emergency Response and Long-Term Economic Vision by Adam Knapp and Renee Chatelain
Baton Rouge Area Chamber has been a phenomenal arts sector partner in the response to COVID-19. The Chamber has put their strategic planning process into action by looking to the arts community for responses to medical shortfalls in personal protective equipment, maintaining the gig economy, and creating campaigns which promote safety and healing for the community.

How 2020 is Changing Your Audience and What to do About It by Sara R. Leonard
If, as arts administrators, we cover our eyes and believe that we just need to hold fast to all that we’ve known about our organizations, our communities, and our audiences until the fog lifts, we risk missing opportunities to engage audiences old and new even as our communities are changed in this period of pandemic and civic unrest.

Imagining a post-pandemic art world by John Killacky
We are in this liminal moment imagining a post-pandemic art world. The opportunity in this crisis will be lost, if in hindsight we simply rush to put everything back together the way it was. Embracing this new normal will have profound impact as we slowly rebuild our social, economic, and civic lives.

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Los Angeles County Adopts First Of Its Kind Cultural Policy
The first of its kind in the nation, the new cultural policy provides direction and guidelines for how Los Angeles County and its departments will ensure that every resident of LA County has meaningful access to arts and culture.

Broadway Will Remain Closed Through the Rest of the Year
With theaters dark since March 12, this is the longest shutdown of Broadway in history. Given the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic, The Broadway League said it was not yet ready to specify exactly when shows will reopen.

Remembering Arts Leader Joan Small
Arts leader and Chicago native Joan Small, who passed away June 24, served nearly two decades with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and was an Americans for the Arts Board Member from 1994 to 2008.

Nine Black Artists And Cultural Leaders On Seeing And Being Seen
Interviews with nine black artists and cultural leaders, described by The New York Times Style Magazine as being “a voice of this moment,” discuss their work and personal experiences about being black, and creating and showcasing their art in America.

New York City’s 2021 Budget Slashes Already Modest Funding for Public-School Arts Education by 70 Percent
The city’s budget plan for the 2021 fiscal year includes devastating cuts to art education in public schools despite a celebrity-backed campaign, Arts are Essential, to keep funding in place. These funding cuts further deprive all students of receiving an equitable education through the public school system.

Join the Launch of the Creative Forces National Resource Center
Tune in July 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET for “Advances in Creative Forces Clinical Research,” a virtual panel discussion and demonstration of the new Creative Forces National Resource Center (NRC). This online resource will feature public materials for researchers and practitioners in the arts, health, and military and veteran care settings.

Matthew Cooper paints mural project with support of Jiffy Lube of Indiana
Matthew Cooper is one of the artists commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to create murals in response to the Black Lives Matter protests. Previously, Cooper worked with and studied under the artist ISH during the creation of his 2019 mural “Three Kings,” which was commissioned by 2019 Arts and Business Partnership Awardee Jiffy Lube of Indiana.


DIAL.studio | Arts Administration 101: The History of Arts Management & Arts Organizations in America
Aimed at expanding the knowledgebase of pre-career college students, this session gives participants a “101” education on the history of arts administration and organizations and is led by Margie Johnson Reese, an expert in arts management, art policy, and cultural organizing.

Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash.

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