The intensifiying COVID-19 public health crisis brings particularly uncertain and challenging times for Vermont's creative sector, and the Vermont Arts Council is working to enable artists and arts and culture organizations to respond effectively. There are special considerations related to the creative sector that we want to make sure all of our constituents and stakeholders take into account.
We are also actively exploring options for offering quick-response, emergency grants to mitigate the serious economic impact of COVID-19 on artists and cultural organizations. Updates will be posted on the Vermont Arts Council website in the coming weeks.
We will update this page as the situation evolves. This page was last updated on March 23, 2020.
Public Health Information
General Resources for the Creative Sector
- CDC interim guidelines for community organizations
- CDC interim guidelines for mass events
- New England Foundation for the Arts COVID-19 resources
- National Assembly of State Arts Agencies coronavirus resources
- "Arts and Culture Sector Can Prepare for the Coronavirus in the United States" in Americans for the Arts (AFTA) ArtsBlog
- “From Coughing Fits to Closings, Cultural World Girds for Coronavirus” in The New York Times
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) will waive their service fee for any artist struggling due to the coronvirus pandemic. Contact the VLA office at VLA@artsandbusinesscouncil.org, and read this article on COVID-19 and "force majeure" clauses by Lucas Blackadar, Director of Legal Services for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston.
In the Press: COVID-19 and Vermont's Creative Sector
- Vermont Art Online Brings Exhibits to Stuck-at-Home Viewers | Seven Days, March 25
- Major venues optimistic they can survive shutdown | Times Argus, March 21
- The Flynn Has Laid Off or Furloughed 12 Employees | Seven Days, March 20
- When there's no audience... Coping with rapid change organizations do their best | Brattleboro Reformer, March 20
- How Local Performing Arts Venues Are Reacting to COVID-19 | Seven Days, March 18