UPDATED – March 17, 2020 – Arts and culture colleagues. Like other states in the nation, Washington’s creative economy is being severely impacted by the fallout of the COVID 19 pandemic and the necessity of social distancing. From government relief to grass-roots efforts, we’re heartened by the individual recovery efforts already underway in our state. We can also participate in the national recovery effort. Americans for the Arts has been collecting stories and data from its recently-released national economic impact survey. The information they collect will help our creative economy be counted when relief legislation for COVID 19 is signed into law. Please take five minutes to complete this brief national survey.
Congress has passed the third COVID-19 response relief package, which the president has signed into law. The package includes a $75 million allocation to the National Endowment for the Arts. Of this, 40% will be distributed to the United States’ 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, which includes the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA).