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Briefly Stated 12.18.20

MISSOURI ARTS AWARDS
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Missouri Arts Awards, the state’s highest honor in the arts. Honorees are recognized for their profound and lasting contributions to Missouri’s artistic and cultural legacy. The St. Louis area recipients are: Upstream Theater (Arts Organization), Cherokee Street (Creative Community), and Clayco (Philanthropy), which is being recognized especially for its equity efforts, including the company’s new Juneteenth Program and its sponsorship of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Future Leaders Fellowship.

THE VACCINE AND THE WORKPLACE
Can employers make the vaccine mandatory? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s first direct guidance addresses this and other pressing questions posed by employers and employees. Some important takeaways are discussed in this article by the Polsinelli law firm.

GET SEEN. GET FUNDED. GET SUPPORTED.
This brief guide from online arts forum, Hyperallergic, covers grants and fellowships, residencies, competitions, and social media.

ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
If you missed our Critical Care: Essential Documents webinar on December 14, you may want to check out The Missouri Bar’s fillable Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive form and fillable HIPAA Authorization Form. A 16-page booklet answers FAQs and provides health care decision instructions. Find the forms and booklet here.

CRITICAL MASS MOVES TO GOOGLE
The Critical Mass for the Visual Arts online forum has moved from Yahoo to Google. The group is monitored to keep content on topic. Subscribe by sending a blank email to: criticalmassstl+subscribe@googlegroups.com. Established in 1995, Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is a nonprofit visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing, and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.

WEBINARS FOR WRITERS
Join PEN America for a series of free online workshops on the business of writing, beginning on January 6 at 7:00 PM. These virtual workshops will cover the business of books, how to prepare writing projects for submission, building a platform for your audience, and navigating literary representation. Find details and the registration links here.

OUR JAZZY AND SHORT HOLDAY THANK YOU
This video expresses our gratitude, highlights some of our 2020 accomplishments, and asks for your financial support.