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Briefly Stated 5.1.20

LUMINARY MAKES FIRST ROUND OF $1,000 GRANTS
The Luminary, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, has selected the first 30 recipients of its Futures Fund: Emergency Relief for Artists grants. The following artists received unrestricted grants of $1,000: Matthew Joseph Barbier, Dail Chambers, Stan Chisholm, Ashli England, Jen Everett, Quaron Gooch, Claressa Griffon, Shabez Jamal, Mee Jey, Deshaun Johnson, Lizzy Martinez, Matt Meyer, Brittany Newton (Blithe de Carona), Lola Ogbara, Song Watkins Park, Ri Patrick, James Payne, Edna J. Patterson-Petty, Jasmine Raskas, Riona Ryan, Brock Seals, Vincent Stemmler, Simiya Sudduth, Ori Tala, Jamari White, Kelsey Wideman, Nyara Williams, Alana Woodson, Jon Young and Layla Zubi. The Luminary will announce a second round of 30 grants next month. A new fund will assist at-risk art spaces in our region. More here

SUIT FILED ON BEHALF OF LOOP STREET MUSICIANS
In mid-July 2019, several street musicians and University City Loop business owners contacted VLAA to complain about performers being harassed by the police. The musicians were being told to “move on” because it is “illegal” to perform on the Loop’s sidewalks. On April 28, our colleagues at the First Amendment Clinic at Washington University School of Law and the ACLU of Missouri filed suit against University City on behalf of two street musicians, arguing that U City has routinely and unconstitutionally suppressed the public performance of music in the Loop. Read more

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR ARTISTS & CREATIVE WORKERS
Missouri’s self-employed artists, freelancers, independent contractors and gig workers whose businesses have been impacted by the coronavirus are applying for — and some are now receiving — unemployment benefits. Although the application process can be frustrating, we’ve heard that the state’s overwhelmed unemployment system workers are being helpful.Try reaching out to them by e-mail (esuiclaims@labor.mo.gov). More guidance

SURVEY QUANTIFIES WHAT WE ALREADY KNEW
A national survey conducted by Americans for the Arts has quantified what we know anecdotally — the pandemic is having a devastating financial impact on individual artists. Nearly two-thirds of the 11,000 respondents are unemployed, and they are predicting a dramatic drop in their 2020 incomes. Half have no savings, and 80 percent (understandably) said they don’t have a plan to recover from the crisis. While more than two-thirds said they have used their creative practice to raise morale, create community cohesion or generally lighten the experience of the community, 67 percent have done so without being compensated.

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 any comments, questions or suggestions? Contact us

KAF GALLERIES OPEN CALL
The Kranzberg Arts Foundation (KAF) is accepting proposals for its 2021 and 2022 exhibits at The Gallery at The Kranzberg and the High Low Gallery. Apply before May 15. Details here

ART IS US
Erin Warner Prange, executive director, The Big Muddy Dance Company, was grateful to find Dancing Alone Together, a landing site for dance digital content. “The site includes classes, resources and performance clips for every dancer and dance-lover. It’s heartwarming to see the entire national dance community come together,” she said. Do you have a recommendation? Contact us