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Responding to COVID-19's impact on Boston's arts and culture sector

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The letter below from Mayor Walsh went out to the City of Boston's arts and culture community.

Dear Boston arts organizations, 

It is clear that COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is having a significant impact on our city including Boston’s arts sector. The Governor has announced new restrictions that have led many arts organizations to cancel programming, fundraisers, and other community events. Since the virus first surfaced in Boston on February 1, 2020, the Mayor’s Office has been compiling updates and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for businesses and organizations. We want you to be informed and have access to all that we know about the virus, how to curb the spread, and its impact on the city. 

In addition to the resources and efforts noted below, the Mayor’s Office will connect regularly (via video conference call) with local artists and arts organizations to share resources, and hear your perspective and experiences. The agenda will involve a briefing on the coronavirus from the City, what resources are available to you, followed by time for you to voice your questions, concerns, and suggestions. This call is open to individual artists, representatives from arts organizations, and leaders of cultural institutions.

The next video conference for artists and arts organizations will be a combined call held Friday, October 9, 2020, at 3 p.m.

Register for the video conference 

Our Artist Resource Manager Julia Ryan also held several calls specifically for Boston artists, where she discussed the Boston Artist Relief Fund and other relief funds and resources available to artists, as well as highlighted how some artists are adapting to barriers caused by COVID-19.

 If you have any questions, please contact arts@boston.gov

You can find the most up-to-date information from the City of Boston by using these resources:

Information on COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. The Boston Public Health Commission continues to provide updates to our coronavirus (COVID-19) page. Constituents with individual questions can call the City of Boston Health Line at 617-534-5050 (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or Boston 311 (24 hours for any non-emergency questions). 

We stand ready to support you through this quickly evolving situation, just as you have supported our City through the years. 

Take care of yourselves, 

Martin J. Walsh

Mayor of Boston