Celebrating 40 Years Of Service

Celebrating 40 Years of Service

by Sue Greenberg, Executive Director It all began in 1981 with Zia Gipson, who worked for the City’s Arts & Humanities Commission (which later became the Regional Arts Commission). Zia knew our arts community needed access to pro bono legal services. So she asked Saint Louis University School of Law’s dean to help her establish our service organization. Zia, Marvin…

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VLAA Announces “Get Ready” Grant

VLAA Announces “Get Ready” Grant

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) has awarded a $500 grant to Katarra Parson. She was among the artists who attended VLAA’s Get Ready webinar on October 14, when Carrie Cleveland, director of education and outreach at CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund), discussed documentation and safe storage, business insurance, and other natural disaster readiness topics. “The…

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Celebrating The Freedom To Read

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

On September 22, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s weekly High Noon at the High Low lecture series highlighted Banned Books Week with Maxi Glamour and Mark Sableman. Glamour, who has participated in several public library drag queen story hour events, began the program by reading What Riley Wore by Elena K. Arnold, a sweet and timely picture book. Then Mark Sableman,…

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Grants To Support Arts Engagement And Learning

Grants to Support Arts Engagement and Learning

East St. Louis Community Arts Access, a re-granting program run by the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation (JJKF) with funding from the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA), awards grants to local cultural organizations and nonprofits offering arts programming. Schools and individual artists are also eligible for funding. This grants program seeks to provide East St. Louis residents with more opportunities to participate…

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Pro Bono Ethics Webinar

Pro Bono Ethics webinar

Tuesday, September 29 at 4:00 PM 1.0 Hour of Missouri CLE or CPE Ethics Credit While handling a case pro bono means a lawyer is volunteering their time, it does not mean that the representation is free from following all the ethical rules that apply to any case. Using arts-related examples, this program will address the basic ethics that any…

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To Rep. Clay Re: Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Bill

To Rep. Clay re: Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Bill

Dear Rep. Clay: Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Judy Chu are recruiting Democrats in the House to be cosponsors of the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act. I’m writing to encourage you to sign on. The proposed legislation would ensure that thousands of St. Louis creatives, who normally cobble their incomes together through a mix of traditional W-2 jobs and…

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3 Takeaways: Why Medicaid Expansion Makes Sense

3 Takeaways: Why Medicaid Expansion Makes Sense

Health insurance and healthcare policies are quickly becoming an essential part of daily life in America. With the cost of living rising along with medical spending costs, people can no longer afford to be uninsured. Health insurance policies have in turn become diversified and more accessible so that they are more suitable for a variety of individuals. An example of…

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3 Takeaways: Financial Strategies For Creatives

3 Takeaways: Financial Strategies for Creatives

1. Take advantage of available assistance, including unemployment benefits, HealthCare.gov special enrollment (which may be less expensive than COBRA), mortgage relief, emergency grants, and loans. If you have some money set aside to play with then you may want to take a look at westpac Bitcoin services to see how an investment in crypto could yield further financial assistance. Only…

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Unemployment Assistance During The Pandemic: What Missouri Artists And Creative Workers Need To Know

Unemployment Assistance During the Pandemic: What Missouri Artists and Creative Workers Need to Know

Self-employed artists, freelancers, independent contractors and gig workers whose businesses have been impacted by the coronavirus are applying for — and are now receiving — unemployment benefits. Under the CARES Act, those who qualify may be eligible for weekly benefits ranging from $133 to $320 per week, plus a $600 weekly federal supplement. Attorney Tim Mooney (above) provided a step-by-step…

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3 Takeaways: Anatomy Of A Contract

3 Takeaways: Anatomy of a Contract

1. Putting it in writing will avoid “he said, she said,” clarify the agreement, reinforce the commitments, serve as reliable record of the agreement, and may be required by law (e.g. transferring copyright ownership). 2. Before you start negotiating, know what you want (then don’t be afraid to ask for it), know what the other party might want, and know…

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