June 2020 Newsletter
June 01, 2020
The arts sector experienced unprecedented loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The estimated total economic impact to date is $5.5 billion, nationally, and $14.6 million in Maryland. 95 percent of all scheduled events were cancelled resulting in 1.3 million Marylanders, and 57.3 million Americans, not attending arts events.
As mentioned in the May newsletter, a response to the data above was the formation of the Maryland Arts Recovery Task Force, composed of representatives from the Maryland arts sector, private philanthropy, and members of state government to provide guidance for the reopening and recovery of the arts in our state. Rather than gathering information to be used specifically as a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Arts Recovery Task Force chose to use the crisis as the inspiration for a reimagining of the work of artists and arts organizations across our state. The Future of Maryland's Arts Sector: Strategies for Stability and Sustainability will be published for use by all Maryland arts stakeholders and will be consistently updated as best practices continue to develop. The objective of the work of the Maryland Arts Recovery Task Force is to motivate an immediate and urgent response to artists, arts organizations, and arts audiences who have an integral and cost effective impact on Maryland’s economy. By proactively investing in the social transformation provided by the creative sector, Marylanders will experience increased health and well-being as the result of an emboldened public spirit.
As always, the staff of the Maryland State Arts Council is here to assist in any way. Please reach out if you need anything, and continue to stay safe.
Ken Skrzesz, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council