By the time this article is published, congress may have passed the $2 trillion stimulus package. If not, I strongly encourage everyone to begin contacting your elected representatives and advocate for the inclusion of arts funding.
Sadly, relief funding for the arts and culture sector has become a flashpoint for stereotypical political ideology that either understands inherent value the arts and culture sector provides and those who see it as an elitist luxury.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Trump administration and his supporters in congress have been attempting to cut out all relief funding while liberal members of congress have been placing it front and center alongside requirements that protect workers against being laid off at companies receiving relief funding.
Many of the field’s service organizations have organized advocacy efforts. And given the timeline involved, I’m publishing this article early in order to give as many individuals as possible an opportunity to follow up with options from one or more: