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Briefly Stated 10.16.20

DEFENDING FREE SPEECH FOR ALL
Please join St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) and Left Bank Books (LBB) on November 11 at 7:00 PM when PEN America’s Suzanne Nossel will discuss her new book Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All. Nossel will be in conversation with former VLAA board president and Thompson Coburn partner Mark Sableman and VLAA board member and word artist Pacia Elaine Anderson. Watch on LBB’s Facebook Live page and order Dare to Speak from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores. Get more info here.

WHY BUILD AN ARTIST WEBSITE
You might not think that a website is necessary. But according to Fractured Atlas blogger Nina Berman, websites offer unique benefits.

THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY TO DO THIS
Actors who are already struggling with unemployment are now facing lost health insurance. That’s because they must work a minimum number of weeks in order to qualify for coverage — even though producers make weekly payments into their union’s insurance fund on their behalf. This Chicago Tribune article makes a strong case for reimagining this broken system.

BEFORE YOU VOTE…
Instead of voting “no,” “yes,” or not all, learn about the judges who are on the November 3 ballot. The Judicial Performance Review Committee — a statewide panel of lawyers, non-lawyers and retired judges — reviews the performance of each judge. The committee considers lawyers’ and jurors’ ratings and written opinions, and then determines whether the judges substantially meet overall judicial performance review standards. For quick reference, check out the St. Louis City and St. Louis County landing pages or you can read all of the reviews.

LEGAL ESSENTIALS FOR LIVESTREAMING WEBINAR
Whether you’re seasoned to the livestream environment or just starting to look into the commercial viability of streaming content, you’ll want to consider the legal aspects of producing art live and online. Attorney Gwen Seale will discuss licenses needed to legally livestream content, various terms and conditions of the primary livestreaming platforms, and best practices.  Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts will present this free webinar on October 29 at 6:00 PM. Register here.

RAC NAMES NEW CEO
Vanessa Foster Cooksey will be the Regional Arts Commission’s new president and CEO, effective November 2. Read the announcement.

VLAA BUSINESS EDGE WORKSHOPS
Check out our Fall 2020 professional development webinars.

SERVING OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY
Please know that our two part-time staff members and amazing volunteers are here to assist you in any way we can. Do you have comments, questions or suggestions? Contact us.

ART IS US
Dance the Vote, a nonpartisan arts initiative spearheaded by Joan Lipkin, That Uppity Theatre Company, and Ashley Tate, Ashleyliane Dance Company, has been working on several projects to promote voter participation: A “Make Good Trouble” collegiate competition is inviting students to post multi-media, images, videos, music, dance, painting, sculpture, poetry, or other artistic expressions inspired by John Lewis’s legacy. A video series features choreographers and dancers from diverse backgrounds. The recently released fifth episode showcases the work of Nai-Ni Chen and Mario Harris.