Mass Cultural Council
Mass Cultural Council released the results of their online survey of artists and arts & culture organizations created to assess the dire impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts & culture community. They are urging state legislators to pass measures that will address the needs of our community to mitigate the devastating economic loss we face.
MCC’s preparedness for the Cultural Sector
Watch the recording for their COVID-19 Preparedness Webinar: https://youtu.be/sXeCGjPgb8c
Mass Cultural Council has just announced support for both individual artists and organizations.
Individual artists are eligible for up to $1000; https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/covid-19-relief-effort-for-individuals/
A variety of resources for organizations, including webinars starting shortly as well as individual coaching: https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/covid-19-relief-effort-for-organizations/
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture
Artist Resource Update (4/17/2020)
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in the City of Boston has announced a call for proposals for transformative public art projects. More info here.
Please fill out this survey from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and MassCREATIVE. It’s open to all artists and cultural workers based in MA and will provide invaluable data that we can use for advocacy and designing future supports.
The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture is hosting a weekly meeting for individual artists from anywhere in the Greater Boston area. The link to join is here.
Take a moment to read, in celebration of our local alumnae.
Also, check out:
Grants for artists of color to imagine a racially just future with their communities
Are you an ALAANA+ artist? (By ALAANA+ we mean: African, Latinx/a/o, Asian, Arab, Native American, Indigenous, First Peoples, Black, African American, Multi-racial, People of Color, Caribbean…)
Do you live and/or work in Boston, MA?
If yes, do you identify as a…
RIRJ wants to support you, your creative practice, your artistic voice, and YOUR world-building vision in collaboration with your community.
RIRJ seeks to support Boston-based artists of color (of all ages 14+) who are excited to bring to life their visions of a racially just society.
HowlRound panel discussion: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (for US-Based freelance artists and cultural workers). Access it here.
Arts Administrators of Color Network
Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up a national Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists & administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.
The Record Co.
The Record Co. has established the Boston Music Maker Relief Fund to provide financial relief to Boston area music makers experience lost income as the result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met is launching #CongressSaveCulture, a campaign to support broader efforts advocating for financial relief for non-profit arts organizations to be included in the $2 trillion stimulus package currently being debated in Congress. The relief package is expected to include funding for many industries impacted by COVID-19, including airlines, casinos, cruise ships, and more.
There are three relatively simple things you can do now:
1. Go to the American Alliance of Museums website and send a letter to your representatives in Congress
2. Share the hashtag #CongressSaveCulture on your social platforms (along with a comment or photo that reflects your passion for The Met and/or all the arts)
Are you ready to move your body with us this week? They are continuing their donation based-classes and they can’t wait to dance in their kitchen/living rooms/basements/bedrooms with you!
If ever there was a moment for cultural strategy — it’s now. A global pandemic has magnified the flaws of our capitalist system, but, also, the power art and culture to uplift, disrupt and build community. The Center for Cultural Power offers #NoGoingBack: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists to meet the moment.
WBUR has compiled a list of grants and resources for artists and non-profits with lost income due to COVID-19
Resources compiled by the Celebrity Series of Boston
New Atlantic Development / Opportunity for Roxbury Artists
The development project at 2147 Washington is including a 4,000 square foot common workspace/makerspace. The developers are looking speak with artists about what types of equipment are most useful. They will have several permanent and temporary art installation opportunities to include elements in their building and courtyard design that would best facilitate a variety of installation types. View more information about the project here.
If you are interested in learning more or participating in the formal conversations contact:
William Madsen Hardy – email@example.com
236 Huntington Ave, Suite 314
Boston, MA 02115
Americans for the Arts
The #Powerof3Challenge is a social media creative challenge where artists post a video spreading truth and creativity through music and tagging 3 other creator friends who can step up to the challenge. (thus spreading an infectious message.) http://Powerof3Challenge.com
See posts in real-time at http://instagram.com/bigpicanthems
The power of 3 connections can spark a movement!
This music video features First Be.
Written and Directed by Ben Gilbarg.
Featured Artists: @J_estee, @Paradise_mcfee, @Cashrules
Music Produced by: @the_real_brownz_boogie
The Theater Offensive
The Theater Offensive has launched a new relief fund for artists who apply as queer and/or trans people of color, and also for past participants in their youth programming. Check out how to apply here.
Hibernian Hall is your home for multicultural arts & culture in the heart of Boston!
As a performing arts destination that contributes to our mission of neighborhood revitalization in Roxbury, Hibernian Hall offers year-round programming that reflects Roxbury’s cultural heritage. Hibernian Hall is also an excellent venue for non-profit events that are open to the public! The ballroom is available for community presentations of music, dance, theater, film, and spoken word performance. Contact us to discuss your next event in the Ballroom, check out our rental guide, or fill out an inquiry form here.
The History of Hibernian Hall
After the Irish residents began moving out of Roxbury, the building went through a period of change. It became the headquarters for the Opportunities Industrialization Center, an international job-training program. Then, for a decade, it sat unoccupied and falling into disrepair. Hibernian Hall was purchased by Madison Park Development Corporation in 2000. It was fully restored to its original grandeur and reopened in 2005.
Hibernian Hall remains a wonderful gathering place for music, dance, and theater – reflecting the diversity of cultures in the area. It continues to serve as a destination for arts and culture in the heart of Roxbury’s Dudley Square.