Local Arts Indicators For An Equitable Recovery in the Region
To help municipalities chart a path to response and recovery for local arts and cultural organizations, MAPC is working with four communities to document the impact of COVID-19 on:
- artists, arts and culture organizations, and creative enterprises
- events, programming, and activities that make arts and culture a foundation of civic life and social cohesion
MAPC is working with Arlington, Boston, Beverly, and Franklin to identify and amplify response strategies in their local arts and culture communities. Through the course of this project, we will collect data to measure the impact of COVID-19 and use that baseline data to establish metrics and tools to regularly assess the municipalities' arts and culture sectors.
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Recommendations for an Equitable Arts and Culture Recovery
Across Arlington, Beverly, Boston, and Franklin, we heard similar concerns around keeping the arts sector active and artists employed while also addressing cultural equity. Our recommendations are grouped into categories and address both immediate needs and long-term recovery.
Our recommendations center around six topics:
- Providing culturally-inclusive access
- Fostering partnerships to increase capacity
- Transparent and efficient permitting
- Building municipal support capacity
- Improving access to public outdoor venues
- Clear and consistent public health protocols
June 8, 2021
Staff from Franklin, Boston, Beverly, and Arlington discuss a path to response and recovery for artists and arts organizations. Watch for preliminary findings of our regional survey and a discussion on how to provide more outdoor cultural programming as a safe COVID-19 strategy.
Impact on Local Artists
Over 600 artists and creative workers from Arlington, Beverly, Boston, and Franklin took our survey on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted them.
We've compiled some of the results:
Loss of income is putting some artists in crisis even as needs are increasing
6% of participants are unable to provide basic needs for their family.
29% of participants have increased responsibilities caring for dependents.
What Artists are Saying
“We probably need to re-imagine many things. How much it cost to be a creative and own your own business and how much space cost. Also, how much our non-tech, non-biotech, non medical, non financial services contributions are valued in MA. We seem to want arts and culture but no one wants to actually pay for that.”
– Survey Respondent
Town of Arlington
City of Beverly
City of Boston
Town of Franklin