Ways to support arts and culture laborers in the coronavirus emergency
Whatever happens to the novel coronavirus tumult, the economic emergency is going on now. The requirements for arts laborers — gigging artists, teachers, staff members at arts institutions — are accumulating continuously.
“Those workers are going to have critical needs and really quickly,” said Kate Becker, a creative economy strategist for King County Executive Dow Constantine. “I’m hearing from many, many musicians and artists who aren’t going to make rent on April 1.”
“This is what it looks like to live in a society without an adequate safety net,” David Armstrong, former artistic director of the 5th Avenue Theatre, said. “We’re going to need big ideas.”
What can individuals do right currently to help expressions laborers?
This list incorporates individual fundraising efforts individuals can either apply or donate to (like the GoFundMe for artists led by local writer Ijeoma Oluo which, as of this writing, had raised over $100,000) as well as institutional activities, (for example, the Seattle Foundation’s which, likewise as of this writing, had gathered $9.2 million from people, corporations and foundations). It likewise lists volunteer networks (the Mutual Aid Solidarity Network) and the city’s Small Business Support Fund.
On the off chance that individuals are an artist, Becker stated, monitor their financial misfortunes from canceled gigs or different difficulties. Whatever help packages rise out of this circumstance, documentation of their hardships will prove to be useful.
On the off chance that individuals want to help artists, be liberal. Try not to request refunds on the off chance that they purchased tickets for a canceled show; rather, tell the setting them think of it as a donation. Consider donating, either to one of the associations on the list at Folklife’s site or to artists straightforwardly — it doesn’t need to be a lot.
“If 200 people donated the cost of one ticket right now, that would really help,” said Charly McCreary, co-founder of aerial dance group The Cabiri, which has watched its income evaporate in the previous scarcely any weeks, even before social-distancing commands from the state and province adequately shut down arts and culture sector.
Billy and Piper O’Neill of Glass Eye Studio are likewise marshaling a group of volunteer glassblowers to make 1,000 votives, sell them for $100 each, and donate the returns to the state charitable Artist Trust.
“We want to motivate others to do something to help groups they care about whether it’s homeless or people in the food and beverage industry,” he said. “I hope this will inspire others to lean forward and not retreat.”
If individuals are a landowner, said musician and organizer Eric Padget, consider backing off of their artist-occupants on April 1. “Check in with artist friends and see what their basic-need budget deficits are and provide them with liquid support at the moment,” he said. “Direct support is the best.”
Becker, with King County, agreed. “Donate to Patreon and live streaming events, help our artists who live on the edges,” she said. “Extreme times call for extreme measures. And be kind and compassionate!”
Amid all the current state urgency, McCreary, of The Cabiri, is keeping an eye toward what’s to come.
“When things calm down, show up!” she said. “Go to twice as many events as you normally would’ve. People are going to need help getting back on their feet.”
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