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Boston City Hall, Boston, Massachusetts,

Curated Share the Care virtual exhibition featuring local artists’ response to the coronavirus. Photo: The Journey Home by artist Erin McCarthy, courtesy Boston City Hall.

Arts Alliance Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma,

The HOPE Fence project, a community art project at the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, promoted unity, reconciliation, and peace in response to past and present events that make the Black Lives Matter movement a community-wide cry. Photo: art by Tulsa Community, courtesy Arts Alliance Tulsa.

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas,

Partnered with Dallas Public Library to offer free youth art kits containing supplies and bilingual instructions for at-home activities. Photo: DMA’s community engagement team distributing Art Kits at local library, courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George's County, Riverdale, Maryland,

Took their annual Juneteenth Festival online, featuring educational and interactive social media posts and video content, including a panel discussion on the history of racial violence, artist talks, and musical performances. Photo: Untitled by artist Will Watson, courtesy M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George's County.

Metro Theater Company, St. Louis, Missouri,

Launched the COVID-19 Memory Project to collect stories from the public and leverage the power of theater to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and give voice to youth and families whose lives have been changed by it. Photo: courtesy Metro Theater Company.

Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin,

Turned damage to the building into an opportunity for artistic self-expression related to the protests, social justice, equal rights, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Extended 17 spots around the exterior of their building to artists of color commissioned by the City of Madison to create murals and launched a digital community forum for all community members to voice their heart through the arts. Photo: From Pain to Glory by artists Batenga Obuseh and Kiyem Obuseh, courtesy Overture Center for the Arts.

TDF, New York, New York,

Hosted virtual celebrations, chats for families and students, and events, including a Harry Potter autism-friendly performance reunion, Wendy Wasserstein Project Celebration, and the culmination of the 2020 Young Playwrights Program. Photo: James Snyder on Zoom with families who attended the first-ever autism-friendly performance of the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, courtesy TDF.

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Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska,

Took mobile summer concert series Music on the Move on the road. Partnered with local pedicab company to take a small bicycle-powered stage to local neighborhoods, entertaining 200-300 people during each two-hour ride. Photo: courtesy Lied Center for the Performing Arts.

Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, Ohio,

Created Ohio Arts Beacon of Light, an online place to share, connect, and cope with the challenges presented by the coronavirus, featuring more than 200 works from artists of all ages, including poets, dancers, composers, painters, and photographers, along with weekly artist interviews. Photo: Untitled by artist Arris Cohen, courtesy Ohio Arts Council.

Playhouse on the Square, Memphis, Tennessee,

Created theatre education videos featuring staff and artists to connect with youth/students during the summer, including Musical Mondays and Flashback Fridays. Photo: “Musical Mondays” filming, courtesy Playhouse on the Square.

The Arts Commission, Toledo, Ohio,

The "Hallway of Hope" project for ProMedica enriched the experience of health care workers and patients in ProMedica health system facilities, offering messages of hope, healing, and gratitude. Photo: art by Katrina Niswander, courtesy The Arts Commission.

Britt Music & Arts Festival, Medford, Oregon,

Created virtual video programs to engage patrons, including BrittKids Koncerts, showcasing musicians, artists, and storytellers. Photo: Britt Kids Klub Mascots, courtesy Britt Music & Arts Festival.

Frontline Arts, Branchburg, New Jersey,

Launched the Scrubs Paper Project, featuring handmade paper made from donated scrubs and other medical garments, screen printed on one side with a blank postcard template, allowing healthcare workers on the frontlines an opportunity to share their experiences of battling COVID-19. Photo: Laura Harvey, RN in Phillipsburg, NJ, by Rachel Heberling, courtesy Frontline Arts.

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Lake Worth Beach, Florida,

Shared the #palmbeachculture Chalk Drawing challenge on social media, encouraging locals to get outside and create art. Photo: courtesy Cultural Council for Palm Beach County.

Straz Center, Tampa, Florida,

Created a Virtual Community Sing-A-Long event, featuring the song "Seasons of Love" from Rent. Photo: courtesy Straz Center.

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a/perture cinema, Winston Salem, North Carolina,

Art house cinema used humor to encourage their community to wear masks by adding masks and social distancing messaging to their street side movie poster frames. Photo: courtesy a/perture cinema.

City of Austin/ATXN, Austin, Texas,

City of Austin's Cultural Arts Division/Economic Development Department and Austin Transportation Department supported a community-led project (spearheaded by Capitol View Arts in partnership with Austin Justice Coalition) that featured two large-scale street installations by local Black artists economically impacted by COVID-19. Photo: Black Artists Matter installation, courtesy City of Austin/ATXN.

Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, Madison, Wisconsin,

Created DANG!, the Dane Arts Need Grant relief fund to support independent working artists who have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Photo: courtesy Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.

Texas Cultural Trust, Austin, Texas,

Launched “Home is Where the ART Is!,” including virtual events, activities, and an online collection of coloring pages. Photo: “Stay Home, Stay Safe” chalk art, courtesy Texas Cultural Trust.

KHS America, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee,

Created a Virtual Education Series and teamed up with the International Music Education Summit to present a weekly educational clinic for students. Photo: courtesy KHS America.

Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto, California,

Using vintage radio scripts, shared virtual theater productions from Gallo Center Repertory Company in a readers’ theater style to entertain sheltering-at-home patrons. Photo: Robin Bjerke and Ryan Dziadosz rehearsing The Maltese Falcon, courtesy Gallo Center for the Arts.

Paramount and Stateside Theatres, Austin, Texas,

Used their marquee to amplify messages of community, solidarity, and hope as a “voice of downtown Austin” and to highlight essential workers on the frontlines, share timely and encouraging lyrics from local musicians, celebrate the city uniting to follow guidelines that keep others safe, and clearly stand with protestors. Photo: by Bells and Whistles, courtesy Paramount and Stateside Theatres.

Bihl Haus Arts, San Antonio, Texas,

Transitioned their GO! Arts visual and literary arts program for older adults from in-person to distance learning. Photo: courtesy Bihl Haus.

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Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota,

Organized “Artists Respond: On Plywood” along with the Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Summit-University Planning Council, and Victoria Theater Arts Center, and paid Black artists to create murals and images on their building and other businesses that had been boarded up along the University Avenue neighborhood. Photo: St. Paul artist Ta-coumba Aiken and portrait, photo by Uche Iroegbu, courtesy Springboard for the Arts.

Arts Connection Network, San Bernardino, California,

Curated We Count, an online exhibition featuring work by local artists. Photo: Mask Up by artist Adrianna Gonzales, courtesy Arts Connection Network.

Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur, Georgia,

Created #lookupdecatur, a city-wide art installation along with artist Larry Holland, encouraging people to look up from their screens, engage with the world, and find art in unexpected places. Photo: courtesy Decatur Arts Alliance.

Passion Works Studio, Athens, Ohio,

Hosted a "Parade in Place" community event, featuring Giant Puppets dancing on the lawn of the Zenner House as people drove, biked, or walked by. Photo: courtesy Passion Works Studio.

Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, Las Vegas, Nevada,

Created the Black Kaleidoscope Portrait Project, celebrating Black American culture and diversity through portraiture. Photo: courtesy Winchester Dondero Cultural Center.

Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, Pennsylvania,

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, PCCA member artists immediately got to work creating handmade masks for purchase, to gift or to donate. Photo: PCCA art by Becca Emerick, courtesy Perry County Council of the Arts.

TimeLine Theatre, Chicago, Illinois,

Staff and volunteers created protest signs using recycled foam core from previous dramaturgical displays for TimeLine productions. Photo: by Kellyn Henthorn, courtesy TimeLine Theatre Company.

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Arts North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina,

Created Silver Lining Stories as a platform to share stories of resilience and innovation with each other and with elected officials and decision makers at the federal, state, and local level. Photo: by Patrick O'Hannigan, courtesy Arts North Carolina.

Columbus Area Arts Council (CAAC), Columbus, Indiana,

Launched The Mask Project to engage local artists and designers to create custom fabric patterns for face masks that are not only useful, but also fun and fashionable. Photo: courtesy Columbus Area Arts Council (CAAC).

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago, Illinois,

Launched the #OrlandosWalkChallenge, a social media challenge inviting musicians to solo over an original composition by Co-Founder and Artistic Director Orbert Davis. Photo: courtesy Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.

Group .BR - NY's only Brazilian Theatre Company, New York, New York,

Created the NY Brazilian Artists Fund, supporting the Brazilian artists in New York impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with one-time, first-come-first-served $250 donations. Photo: courtesy Group .BR.

City of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa,

Collaborated with local artist Shelby Fry on her mural, “Solidarity,” done in collaboration with Voice's Productions, and painted by 75+ volunteer painter/community members over the course of a week in late June/early July 2020. Photo: by Bob Felderman, courtesy City of Dubuque, Iowa.

City of Richmond, Public Art Program, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada,

Unveiled #RichmondHasHeart, a campaign aimed at bringing the community, residents, and businesses together to show support for those working to fight COVID-19 and to explore new and meaningful ways to find connection while maintaining social distancing. Photo: Loving: Memory by Marina Szijarto, courtesy City of Richmond, Public Art Program.

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Lansing, Michigan,

As part of their annual ARTpath public art project, featuring the works of 19 Michigan artists, partnered with the City for support of a portrait of George Floyd by ARTpath 2020 artist Isiah Lattimore. Photo: courtesy Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center.

North American Drama Therapy Association, Cultural Humility, Equity, and Diversity Committee, Albany, New York,

Hosted a Virtual Black Lives Matter Protest, gathering together 140 attendees to discuss and witness Black voices within the drama therapy community for a night of healing, action, and artful expression. Photo: courtesy North American Drama Therapy Association Cultural Humility, Equity, & Diversity Committee.

City of Raleigh, Office of Raleigh Arts, Raleigh, North Carolina,

Created virtual exhibit, Creative Quarantine, from over 150 submissions from artists. Featured artists received a stipend. Photo: art by Clarence Heyward, Stacy Crabill, King Godwin, Jeana Eve Klein, Ginger Wagg, and Rachel Campbell; courtesy City of Raleigh, Office of Raleigh Arts.

Broward Cultural Division, Fort Lauderdale, Florida,

Commissioned local artists to create social-distancing signage for County parks and businesses in partnership with the County’s small economic development division. Photo: art by Christian Feneck, courtesy Broward Cultural Division.

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Arts Council of Greater New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut,

Celebrated the arts in their community through coverage of local news and events in The Arts Paper. Photo: coverage of Juneteenth celebration, featuring Raven Blake, co-deputy director of CTCore. Photo by Arturo Pineda, courtesy Arts Council of Greater New Haven.

Educational Theatre Association, Cincinnati, Ohio,

Transformed the International Thespian Festival into a virtual event, featuring two panels dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement: “Racial Equity in the Entertainment Industry” and “Racism and Racial Equity in Education.” Photo: courtesy Educational Theatre Association.

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Virginia,

Masks were made by costumers impacted by the cancellation of the summer season, which will be made available to artists and staff participating in Wolf Trap Opera’s six-week training program, which was modified in response to the pandemic. Photo: courtesy Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, Corning, New York,

Assembled over 100 art kits for under-served youth in their region who were receiving free meals through local youth centers. Photo: courtesy The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Mural Arts Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Through the Hope Medallions project, artists paired encouraging language with floral imagery to remind the public of all the beauty in the community. Photo: "Hopeful," Hope Medallions © 2020 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program/Kala Hagopian, 990 Spring Garden Street, by Steve Weinik, courtesy Mural Arts Philadelphia.

University of Michigan - Arts & Culture, Ann Arbor, Michigan,

U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance re-released “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a choral work by composer Joel Thompson and conductor/U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance professor Eugene Rogers, along with a website devoted to teaching and learning the work. Photo: courtesy University of Michigan/Michigan Media.

Music Forward Foundation, Los Angeles, California,

Adapted their live programs from schools, offices, and venues to virtual learning opportunities and focused on amplifying young, diverse voices and providing a safe space for youth to learn and connect, including their “For The Culture” series featuring conversations with trailblazers in Black and LatinX music virtual panel discussion. Photo: courtesy Music Forward Foundation.

Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council, Largo, Maryland,

Created digital programming to engage audiences, including the Virtual Lunch Break Series, Hidden Gems, Literacy Through Poetry series, Artrepreneur Series: Preparing the Next Level of Creativity and Entrepreneurship, and ArtMoves, as well as a special newsletter edition dedicated to Black Lives Matter. Photo: courtesy Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council.

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Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, Pennsylvania,

Created a friendship bracelet project, Tying Us Together, as a way to engage young (and not so young) artists. Photo: courtesy Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, University Park, Pennsylvania,

Created a series of performing arts-themed activity cards to be included in meal bags for local K-12 students in households with broadband connectivity issues. Photo: State College Area School District Food Services employee Jane Zeigler and Penn State Center for the Performing Arts Education and Community Programs Manager Medora Ebersole, by Stephanie Swindle Thomas, courtesy Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, Wisconsin,

Solicited submissions on social media for original and found art to place in the arts center’s windows in support of the Black Lives Matter demonstrators walking by their building in the heart of downtown. Photo: art by Brian Lemke, courtesy Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

Office of Public Art at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,

Supported local artist Deb Monti’s One Last Thing project, featuring screen-printed postcards that gave Pittsburgh area residents the opportunity to share the one thing they regret not saying or doing for a loved one before the COVID-19 crisis. Photo: art by Deb Monti, photo by Quaishawn Whitlock, courtesy Deb Monti and Office of Public Art.

La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California,

Commissioned and produced online content in their Digital Without Walls (WOW) series, including The Totally Fake Latino News with Culture Clash, a series of 10-minute “news flashes” with Culture Clash’s signature irreverent and hilarious style. Photo: courtesy La Jolla Playhouse.

Florida International University (FIU), College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, Miami, Florida,

Students, faculty, and staff designed and produced face shields for health care workers at Baptist Health South Florida and members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Photo: Baptist Health South Florida healthcare worker, courtesy Florida International University, College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.

New Bedford Creative, New Bedford, Massachusetts,

Pivoted large monthly in-person AHA! Cultural night to virtual due to COVID-19 and updated from a “Pride Digital Block Party” to a “Road to Recovery Community Conversation” honoring the movement for Black Lives and featuring the youth-led Black Lives Matter protest organizers. Photo: courtesy 3rd EyE Unlimited, Queer Arts Council, and AHA! (Art, History and Architecture).

Sierra Nevada Ballet, Reno, Nevada,

Sierra Nevada Ballet company dancers rehearsed outside and online. Photo: courtesy Sierra Nevada Ballet.

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