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Europe’s cultural and creative sectors were among the first and hardest hit by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. They will also be among the last. Across Europe, almost all cultural activities have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely, while venues and retailers have closed with disastrous consequences for all creators’ and cultural and creative professionals’ livelihoods, as well as the ecosystem as a whole. Millions of jobs are on the line.
The Amsterdam Museum is making an exhibition about the impact of COVID-19 on the city of Amsterdam and the daily life of its inhabitants.
Today, in collaboration with nine partner organisations working in or on Africa, Freemuse co-launches Amani: Africa Creative Defence Network. The initiative aims to help defend artistic freedom of expression in the region and ensure that creatives at risk can live and work without fear of reprisal.
A new initiative is seeking to raise $1 million to be shared between 1000 independent artists who might otherwise fall through the cracks of existing support networks.
Today, Arts Council of Wales announces that the Freelands Foundation has contributed £0.5million to support the Urgent Response Fund for Individuals, bringing the Council’s total allocated funding for artists and freelance creative practitioners to £2million. The fund is an important part of the Arts Council’s overall support to the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Americans for the Arts is partnering on a new international study to measure the mental health impact of COVID-19 and social distancing on the American public and is seeking volunteers to participate via online surveys.