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Briefly Stated: 9.25.20

RAC’S COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEYS
The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) wants to hear from you! Artists and arts organizations in the bi-state area (St. Louis City and County as well as Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, St. Charles, and St. Clair counties) are invited to take RAC’s COVID-19 impact surveys. Access the organization survey here (one per organization, please) and the individual artist survey here. The surveys, which take approximately 15 minutes to complete, will remain open through October 5. Responses will be kept confidential. Questions? Contact Erika Fiola.: erika@racstl.org

ARTIST RELIEF TO DISTRIBUTE ADDITIONAL GRANTS
Thanks to additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and other foundation partners, Artist Relief (an initiative organized by a national coalition of arts grantmakers) will continue to distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19 through the end of the year. Apply here.

COMPLETE THE CENSUS/USE YOUR CREATIVITY 
A federal court just extended the census deadline from September 30 to October 31. The judgment is expected to be appealed by the Trump administration, so please don’t procrastinate. The census can be filled out on-line. Everyone needs to get counted because the census affects the number of representatives each state gets in Congress as well as funding on the state and federal levels. This money supports the arts, education, healthcare, libraries, roads and bridges, housing, school lunch programs, economic development, and more. As noted by Hyperallergic, which offers six ways creatives can engage, “Artists, designers, filmmakers, writers, and the organizations that serve them have a unique power to craft and circulate art and stories that illustrate what is at stake.”

RBG’S COPYRIGHT LEGACY
Add championing the rights of creators to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacies. The Copyright Alliance summarizes her numerous noteworthy copyright law opinions, concurrences, and dissents. The Hollywood Reporter explains how the loss of her fervent pro-copyright voice will be missed when the Supreme Court hears Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc.— one of the most important copyright cases in decades — and other future cases.

DE-ESCALATION IN PUBLIC GATHERINGS
The Missouri ArtSafe webinar series continues on September 30 at 4:00 PM. Learn how to de-escalate conflicts over COVID-19 safety policies and get other guest services tips during this free webinar, hosted by ArtsKC. Register now. Another component of the Missouri ArtsSafe program is safety certification, which requires preparation and public dissemination of a written re-opening plan. Read our plan-writing tips and find sample plans along with other helpful resources.

RACE, EQUITY, AND YOUR ARTS ORGANIZATION: TURNING COMMITMENT INTO ACTION
Monday, October 5 at 4:00 PM
Ready to address race-based disparities and advance racial equity? This call-to-action webinar will include a brief discussion of the contemporary Diversity, Equity and Inclusion movement and ideas and tools for rethinking decision-making, policies, practices, and artistic programing. Our presenter is Rudy Nickens, an arts champion, executive coach, facilitator, educator, entrepreneur, and thought leader with expertise in cultural diversity, business management, and community development. Register for the webinar.

SERVING OUR ARTS 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
Monument Lab, a Philadelphia-based public art and history studio, which was in residence at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation last year, is hosting a free virtual town hall entitled Shaping the Past on October 8 and 9 (11:00 AM–2:00 PM). The conference will include a video presentation by MADAD (Damon Davis, Mallory Rukhsana Nezam, and De Nichols), a St. Louis team that was selected as 2020 Monument Lab Transnational Fellows. The fellows are addressing pressing issues around what, whom, and how to remember in public spaces. Do you have an Arts Is Us recommendation? Contact us.