Briefly Stated 12.18.20

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…

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Briefly Stated 12.11.20

Briefly Stated 12.11.20

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…

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Briefly Stated 12.4.20

Briefly Stated 12.4.20

EVERY ARTIST INSURED Open enrollment on HealthCare.gov runs through December 15. You can’t be denied coverage or be charged more because of a pre-existing condition, and most artists qualify for subsidies. Learn about choosing a plan, estimating your income, and more here. Need help? Get free, in-person or virtual assistance here or call 1-800-466-3213. CREATIVE CAPITAL  Creative Capital supports artists with up to $50,000 in…

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Briefly Stated 11.27.20

Briefly Stated 11.27.20

MAC LAUNCHES FEATURED ARTIST PROGRAM The Missouri Arts Council (MAC) just launched a new program that's promoting and supporting artists and showcasing the depth and variety of Missouri creativity. Check out the inaugural artists and their work here. Selected artists drawn from all disciplines — four each month from around the state — will receive a $300 stipend. Learn more…

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Briefly Stated 11.20.20

Briefly Stated 11.20.20

DON’T GIVE UP! Congratulations to Jessica Baran, who described herself as “thrilled, humbled, and bewildered” after being named a 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grantee. The program supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. She won a whopping $30,000 in the short-form writing category. On Twitter,…

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Briefly Stated 11.13.20

Briefly Stated 11.13.20

MIXED EARNER RELIEF CAN’T WAIT Unless Congress acts during its lame duck session, millions of Americans will see their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits expire on December 31, and many mixed income artists will begin 2020 without enough money to pay their rent or buy groceries. A relief bill could fix the problem that left many creatives unable to access…

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MIXED EARNER RELIEF CAN’T WAIT

MIXED EARNER RELIEF CAN’T WAIT

Unless Congress acts during its lame duck session, millions of Americans will see their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits expire on December 31, and many mixed income artists will begin 2020 without enough money to pay their rent or buy groceries. A relief bill could fix the problem that left many creatives unable to access full unemployment benefits under the…

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Briefly Stated 11.6.20

Briefly Stated 11.6.20

EVERY ARTIST INSURED For artists, the challenges of obtaining and maintaining health insurance often are exasperated by their relatively low incomes, episodic work, and high rates of self- and part-time employment. The pandemic has made these challenges even more daunting. But the Affordable Care Act still provides an opportunity to obtain health insurance with full benefits at a reasonable cost.…

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Briefly Stated 10.30.20

Briefly Stated 10.30.20

EVERY ARTIST INSURED Despite years of political wrangling and multiple court challenges, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. Open enrollment on HealthCare.gov begins on November 1 and runs through December 15 (for coverage beginning January 1, 2021). There are more health plan options in St. Louis City and St. Louis County this year. Preview plans…

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Briefly Stated 10.23.20

Briefly Stated 10.23.20

CREATIVE STIMULUS PROJECT: CALL TO ARTISTS The Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Creative Stimulus Project provides up to three artists or artist collaborations with $1,500 of unrestricted operating capital, the opportunity to exhibit their work in a group exhibition, and participation in the Critical Mass Five Questions podcast. The deadline is November 19. Apply here. INVENTIVE MASKS In Denver,…

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