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Briefly Stated 7.17.20

The Luminary, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, has completed the second and final round of its Futures Fund: Emergency Relief for Artists grants. The following artists received unrestricted grants of $1,000: Eugenia Alexander, Brandon Bandy, Macarena Bieg, Jeanie Bryan, Tiara Burtin, Michael Chang, Sofia (Pia Rene) Consuegra, Vaughn Davis Jr., Taylor Deed, Sara Ghazi Asadollahi, Sajeda Issa, Daniel Jefferson, Kelly Jimenez, Karen Mason, Danielle McCoy, JoAnn McNeil, Deonne Moore, Ashley Moran, Kris Mosby, Myrina Otey, Joseph Ovalle, Megan Rieke, Cameron Rogers, Kiki Salem, Leslie Song, Janie Stamm, Tiffany Sutton, Carol Thompson-Robinson, Paul Tran, and Lacey Turner.

As Congress debates the next round of COVID-19 relief, a proposed bill would ensure that many artists and creative workers, who normally cobble their incomes together through a mix of traditional W-2 jobs and freelance/gig (1099) work, will be able to fully access the unemployment benefit assistance provided in the CARES Act. Volunteer lawyers for the arts organizations located across the country, including VLAA, signed a letter supporting the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act of 2020. Read our letter to Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay

Many low-income artists were slipping through the cracks of our health care system before the pandemic. Now many more have lost their health insurance coverage. According to Families USA, 17 percent of Missouri’s non-elderly adults are currently uninsured. Medicaid coverage would provide them with a critical safety net. Expansion will be on the August 4 ballot, and the deadline to apply for an absentee or mail in ballot is July 22. You can only vote absentee with an approved excuse. If you’re ineligible, you can vote by mail, but you’ll need to have your ballot notarized. Details here

The newly formed Cherokee Community Improvement District Arts Committee just issued a call for proposals for two funded public art projects to be installed later this year. The deadline is August 7.

Although the 2020 One State Together conference will be held online, Arts Alliance Illinois will make two artist project grants of $5,000 for new artworks or projects that engage the statewide organizations, artists, and culture makers who were slated to connect in-person. The deadline is July 31.

Square is seeking proposals for art to be displayed throughout the renovated space at 900 N. Tucker, the former Post-Dispatch headquarters. The deadline is July 31.

City Foundry STL, a mixed-use development, located near IKEA, has issued a call for mural proposals. The deadline is July 24.

Please know that our two part-time staff members, board of directors and volunteers are here to assist you in any way we can. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact us

Tony-nominated actor Rob McClure has been entertaining fans with his #ConducterCam, a series of hilarious videos in which he plays a Broadway conductor. During his 13th must-see episode, McClure passes his baton to Memphis Youth Symphony conductor Kalena Bovell. She recites a Black Lives Matter poem before conducting the final moments of Ragtime’s title song, featuring the show’s original cast. McClure’s Broadway credits include Chaplin, Something Rotten!, Beetlejuice and, most recently, Mrs. Doubtfire. He has appeared in eight Muny productions.