Covid – 19
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on our arts and cultural community – locally, regionally and nationally. For well over a year, arts and culture has risen with resiliency, creativity and commitment.
This page shares updates and compiled links to resources for funding, guidelines, webinars, programming and best practices as they become available. Scroll below to view latest news and resources.
This has been a very challenging time for all and yet, despite hard economics and uncertainty, our regional arts and cultural community has risen to to show amazing response, resiliency and creative collabaoration Kudos to all for your courage, your creativity and your entrepreneurial spirit as we all navigate through these uncertain times.
New to Know & In the News
Michigan Opens to Full Capacity 6/22
All indoor and outdoor settings increase to 100% capacity.
Face masks no longer required
On June 17, Governor Gretchen Whitmer accelerated the end of all COVID-19 epidemic orders on gatherings and masking as COVID-19 cases continue to plummet following increased vaccinations. Effective June 22, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings increase to 100% and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask.
In addition to the Gatherings and Mask Order, additional orders are being rescinded as of June 22. including:
- Temporary Restrictions for Entry into Congregate Care and Juvenile Justice Facilities
- Mandatory Testing for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Juvenile Justice Facility Staff
- Mandatory Testing for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Hospitals and Centers Staff
- Exceptions to Temporary Restrictions on Entry into Congregate Care and Juvenile Justice Facilities
- Exceptions to Temporary Restrictions on Entry into Certain Facilities
- Safe Housing for Housing Unstable Individuals
- Handling of Bodily Remains
- Safe Housing for Michigan Homeless
Additionally, some orders will remain in effect to protect vulnerable populations in corrections, long-term care, and agriculture. Public health measures will continue for reporting requirements and COVID testing to make sure areas where community spread is high are identified, kids are safe in school and free COVID-19 tests are available.
(From: Traverse Connect, 6/17/2021)
Programming Tools & Best Practices
Colleagues in the Network, throughout Michigan and beyond have been sharing resources, tools and best practices as we all pivot our programming and planning in response to COVID-19. Several are noted above, here are some added links to tools, reports and best practices.
- State of Michigan Coronavirus Site: LINK to most current guidelines & resources
- National Association of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) offers resources and best practices for: Reopening; Arts Education; Facilitating Online Programming; Equity; Policy LINK HERE
- Americans for the Arts: Economic Impact of the Coronavirus on Arts & Culture.
- National Endowment for the Arts: The Road Forward: Best Practices Tip Sheet for Arts Organizations Re-engaging with Audiences and Visitors