For an industry whose long-standing motto is "the show must go on," the events of the past couple of weeks have been shocking. We want you to know we are here for you and will be scheduling calls with Michigan Presenters to keep us connected, supported, and engaged as we work through this unprecedented time. You can contact me at President@MichiganPresenters.org, or call or text me on my cell at 231-690-5130. Like many of you, I am working from home and am available throughout the day.
Over the next several weeks, the board of Michigan Presenters will also discuss plans for our June conference. We are not certain this will take place in Kalamazoo, and if that's the case we will put together a virtual convening to advance our mission and provide professional development opportunities for our membership. Coming together, whether in person or virtually, is critical, especially now as we begin the process to restart ourselves.
Stay safe, be well, look out for one another.
Xavier Verna, President
Michigan Presenters Nonprofit Network
On Sunday, March 22, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-20 , requiring all theatres, cinemas and indoor performance venues (among other similar businesses) to close to the public through April 13, 2020.
On Monday, March 23, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21, the Stay Home, Stay Safe order through April 13, 2020.
Please complete this brief survey for Americans for the Arts to assess the economic impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector: https://surveys.americansforthearts.org/s3/CoronavirusImpactSurvey
Find real-time results with this dashboard.
Here are some resources, including some great suggestions by the epidemiologist from the University of Michigan who spoke at our March 13 conference call:
Journalists to follow, recommended by epidemiologist:
Helen Branswell (Twitter @HelenBranswell) - https://www.statnews.com/staff/helen-branswell/
Julia Belluz (Twitter @juliaoftoronto) - https://www.vox.com/authors/julia-belluz
Kai Kupferschmidt (Twitter @kakape) – https://www.sciencemag.org/author/kai-kupferschmidt
From epidemiologist: "Some academic research centers have been on top of the outbreak since it began. They have good data from around the world and are compiling additional resources."
Johns Hopkins - https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/
Harvard University - https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus-resource-center
Healthmap - https://www.healthmap.org/covid-19/
TRG Arts will be hosting a series of free 30-minute roundtable discussions with their CEO. Sign up here.
DATA UPDATE: How COVID-19 is Impacting Intentions to Visit Cultural Entities – March 23, 2020
Emergency Preparedness Example:
Watch the recording of "Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak", hosted by the Event Safety Alliance ·
Watch the recording of "Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres", hosted by Theater Communications Group
From Michael Kaiser of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, PRACTICAL STEPS DURING A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY.
Association of Performing Arts Presenters:
APAP and the Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences hosted the first in a series of important field-wide conversations. You can now watch it online: "We Are Stronger Together: Navigating Crises and Sustaining Healthy Relationships in the Era of Coronavirus." Also posted is the full transcript and the chat box thread.
Washington Post Article:
The virus has arts groups hanging by a thread. Some ideas about saving them.
Notes from the Michigan Presenters conference call on Friday, March 13:
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