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In April of this year, the unemployment rate for people in the arts and entertainment industry in Ohio was 21%. While employment in the sector improved a bit in May, the damage from more than a year of closures linked to the pandemic is clear. According to a report by Ohio Citizens for the Arts, its members suffered significant financial losses. These are organizations ranging from the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and the Great Lakes Theater to the Zanesville Museum of Art.
Yes, the funding for the CARES Act was funneled into the arts community, but it was a drop in the bucket.
“… Unfortunately, organizations authorized to apply for CARES (Act) funding indicate in this new survey that one-time emergency aid had only kept their institutions afloat for an average of six weeks.” “ said Angela Meleca, executive director of Ohio Citizens for the Arts, in a statement on the report.
This means that the arts organizations we love need help from all directions. Remember, when we were locked up at home, we looked to musicians, comedians, writers, artists, and other performers to keep us company and quiet our spirits. Support for the arts is essential.
Legislators and bureaucrats must therefore ensure that fiscally responsible arts organizations get all the help available to them at the state and federal levels.
“No business can expect to survive, without being responsible, with zero earned income for more than a year, and then be presumed to be able to survive without additional one-off help. “ said Méléca.
But those of us who love and understand the value of these organizations must also show our support. Many try to bring concerts, exhibitions, classes and other offerings back on a shoe string. They are not at full strength. Buy a ticket, sign up for a class, or donate, anyway. If these groups get the support they need, they’ll be back providing the high quality art exposure and education we so desperately need in no time.