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U.S. museums begin to reopen while live performance artists, producers, and venues are uncertain about the remainder of 2020. Arts leaders are investigating what is needed for the future and considering what structural changes are needed for the arts and cultural sector to recover. 

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A round-up of articles focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on the cultural sector.


U.S. Museums Are Reopening: To See Monet, Don a Mask

Texas has guidelines for indoor rodeos, but not the arts. That hasn’t stopped the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from being the first major U.S. museum to reopen its doors, with safety protocols in place. (The New York Times)

Letter from Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Director Sabine Haag on How to Reopen Museums With Safety Rules That Are Smart, Not Draconian

The museum’s director gives a fresh first-hand account of reopening responsibly to meet the needs of a new world. (artnet News)

Museums and Social Distancing: A Planning Toolkit

A white paper by CCD and Smartify is intended to begin discussions around reopening with a list of dos and don’ts for museums to consider. (Medium)


The Fall of Autumn: Live Performance Producers Are Giving Up on 2020

There is a strong consensus among US performing arts leaders across all art forms and all regions: nothing is happening until 2021. (The New York Times)

Venice Biennale Postpones Next Two Editions

This year’s international architecture show moves to 2021, and the next art exhibition will also be delayed a year, to 2022. (The New York Times)

Will Cirque du Soleil Rise Again?

The coronavirus has pulverized the famed circus, forcing it to shut down dozens of shows and grounding its small army of circus artists. (The New York Times)

New Models

After the War, the Arts Came Back Stronger. They Can Do So Again Now.

Charlotte Higgins argues it is going to take the same level of structural change and imagination after the second World War to overcome the pandemic. (The Guardian)

How Arts and Cultural Organizations Can Consider Adapting

This report by SMU DataArts and TRG Arts estimates the pandemic’s effect on the nonprofit arts sector and identifies three critical propositions and four prompting questions for consideration. (SMU DataArts)

The Case for the Arts

Save the Arts and Serve All The People, Restore OACCE and PCF Budgets

Artblog has collected testimonials objecting to the proposed cuts to the Philadelphia city budget that would axe the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF). Part 2 features a letter from the former director of OACCE, Gary Steuer, and Joe Kluger, Chair of the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council. (Artblog)

What Comes Next?

Arts Council England’s CEO Darren Henley outlines how the council plans to support the long-term recover of culture and creativity. (Arts Council England)

Written Evidence Submitted to Parliament of the Impact of COVID-19 on Shakespeare’s Globe

As Shakespeare’s Globe faces uncertainty due to the impacts of COVID-19, the institution has submitted a letter to Parliament to contribute to the evidence that, without emergency funding, UK cultural institutions may face closure. (UK Parliament

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