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AEA Consulting: The Platform

As we've entered week three of dispatches on the COVID-19 crisis, the AEA team has been exploring ways in which the cultural sector can best prepare and respond to the ongoing and future impacts of this pandemic – social, economic, political... How will audiences feel about returning to a theater, how might museums re-open, what happens to all the online content currently being created by our favorite artists and performers? We are pulling the most insightful of the articles and podcasts we've been reading into a foundation for some scenario planning tools to help organizations respond to this pandemic – and create the future of our sector. That effort will be the focus of a forthcoming edition of The Platform.

AEA Team

Does this change everything?

Museum Directors Association Lifts Penalties on Museum Spending During Pandemic

This looks small but is highly significant if you are in the museum sector: AAMD is for the next two years not going to sanction members if they spend proceeds earmarked for conservation and acquisition on other operating costs. Even if these proceeds were generated by deaccessioning. (Hyperallergic)

The Stage is Set for Theatre's Rebirth

This should be above all a period of reinvention. Here’s the beginning of an agenda for theatre. (UnHerd)

Survey Says...

When Consumers Say They’ll Feel OK About Dining Out and Other Activities

New polling from Morning Consult shows that some consumers won’t feel comfortable traveling or heading back to many public spaces at all for at least six months. (Morning Consult)

Coronavirus Theater Survey

A survey of theater goers in US reports around half (49 percent) of those questioned say they will likely wait a few months before returning. Only 25 percent think they would attend right away. (Shugoll Research)

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus on the Arts and Culture Sector

Americans for the Arts’ dashboard reporting on its ongoing survey to capture coronavirus-related economic impact and better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. (Americans for the Arts)


After the Coronavirus Peak, What’s Next?

“Large venues, such as sports stadiums, concert halls and theme parks, are also likely to remain shut or have attendance capped at 10%-25% of prior levels.” (Morgan Stanley)

Coronavirus: After the Lockdown

“The debates about exit strategies seem to focus on two themes: how to manage a staged and gradual reopening of some places of work, education, culture and entertainment; and what sort of ‘test and trace’ regime is needed to detect and suppress new virus outbreaks once the initial wave has subsided.” (Financial Times)

How Chinese Museums are Reopening Post-COVID-19

A list of practical measures Chinese museums are taking as they reopen… (Jing Travel)

'I Don't Think the New York That We Left Will Be Back for Some Years'

"The very features that make New York attractive to businesses, workers and tourists — Broadway, the subway system, world-class restaurants and innumerable cultural institutions — were among the hardest-hit in the pandemic. And they will take the longest to come back." (New York Times)

People Need Art in Times of Crisis. That’s Why Museums Should Be Among the First Institutions to Reopen for Business – Here’s How

András Szántó offers a step-by-step look at how museums could help the public regain a sense of normalcy. (artnet News)


Navigating COVID-19 for Nonprofits: From Financial Triage to Scenario Planning

A webinar hosted by The Wallace foundation focusing on shorter-term crisis management speaking with nonprofit financial experts from Fiscal Management Associates. (The Wallace Foundation)

Visualised #3: National Theatre at Home

One Further offers a great analysis of the National Theatre’s streaming strategy, which currently releases weekly screenings on YouTube every Thursday evening that stay online for one week. Based on hard data, One Further was able to analyze viewer and donation habits. (One Further)

What’s Up With Museum Layoffs, Union Problems, and Untouchable Endowments

Hyperallergic is doing a weekly round-up podcast of US-based arts news with a nice tinge of outrage and umbrage. This episode homes in on the relationship between endowments and layoffs. (Hyperallergic)

Minecraft for Art? Virtual Galleries Grab Gamers’ Attention

On the virtual front, the multiplayer game, Occupy White Walls, allows users to design fantasy exhibition spaces. (New York Times)

Rome: Woman fined for breaking Italy's quarantine to walk her turtle...

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