COVID-19 and the NWMAC + Resources for you

We are committed to the health and safety of our staff, the public, and the artists we serve. Thus, we have had to make changes to the way we do business.

Office Closing
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office is closed and our staff will work from home until further notice. If you need to come to our office you will need to make an appointment. We are also available by phone or email. Please give us a call at 218-745-9111 and leave a message or email director@nwartscouncil.org. Please stay tuned for any changes or updates!

Routine Grant Activity
We have received some inquiries about grants that had activities during this time. We know that some granted activity will need to be suspended, rescheduled, or canceled. As we field questions and requests from those planning changes to their granted projects and programs, our commitment is to find solutions that will result in the least amount of hardship for all involved. We will be drafting an amendment to those grant reports. Please know that we will do our best to accommodate during this time. Reach out with questions or concerns.

NW Annual Art Exhibit and Of the Year Awards Reception

At this time we have rescheduled our annual exhibit and reception to mid-July. Please stay tuned for dates and information as it becomes available.

Minnesota State Arts Board Survey

The Minnesota State Arts Board wants to know COVID-19’s impact on the creative community & support needed. A message from the Minnesota State Arts Board: “The Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota’s regional arts councils know that people and organizations in our state’s arts and creative sector are being tested and challenged as never before. The physical, emotional, and financial toll that COVID-19 is taking is beyond our ability to measure, at this point. To help us get a handle on what’s happening and guide our immediate and longer-term responses to COVID-19, we need your input.”

Please take FIVE MINUTES to complete a very brief and simple survey. Take the survey here. They will begin reviewing the information on March 25, so please complete the survey by then if possible. However, the situation is evolving every day, so the survey will be kept live and new responses will continue to be reviewed as they are received.

Resources and Sources

The following links provide resources that may be helpful for artists and arts organizations going forward:

Minnesota State Arts Board Guidance to the Arts Community: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/news/COVID-19.htm

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Corona Virus Resource Center: http://artsmn.org/coronavirus/

Springboard for the Arts Corona Virus resource page for artists, creatives, and organizations: https://springboardforthearts.org/coronavirus/

Minnesota Employment and Economic Development; response for workers and employers: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/

Forecast for the Arts: https://forecastpublicart.org/pro-bono-consulting-in-response-to-covid-19/

Forecast has launched pro bono consulting to support public artists and public art program administrators during this pandemic until May 31, 2020. They will provide up to one hour of consultation; where necessary, follow-up consultations may be available FREE of CHARGE. If you don’t need consulting support at this time but have experience, expertise, and time that you are willing to offer to help others, please contact Jen Krava at: consulting@forecastpublicart.org. For questions regarding this initiative: probono@forecastpublicart.org.

Minnesota Department of Health:
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Findex.html

Minnesota Council of Non-Profits (for information about unemployment): https://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/about-mcn/news-detail/2020/03/24/unemployment-insurance-information-and-updates.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. Download a document with more info:

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses:

Good explainers online: “Dear Non-Profits, Small Businesses, Artists, Freelancers, Gig Workers, Self-Employers, Part-Timers, and Solo Shop Warriors Wondering What’s Next: This Money is For You. Please Take It.” https://medium.com/@amandalkool/dear-non-profits-small-businesses-freelancers-etc-this-money-is-for-you-please-take-it-b853196005ce