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Arts and Culture Organizations – Adapting for a New Environment

May 21, 2020

I’ve observed recently that Ontario arts organizations are now moving to an environment where they are trying new ways to communicate their arts mission, how best to respond to the current COVID-19 world we live in.

Plans for the future
TRG Arts has produced a helpful report that may be useful as arts managers and Boards make plans for the balance of 2020, and into 2021 and beyond. It suggests that every organization consider four questions: 

• What might next year look like?
• What is the source of our strength? What do we do that is most meaningful and relevant to the community?
• How will we manage our people and revenue propositions to confront this new reality?
• When our doors reopen, where will we gather?

Helpful articles
The report offers a series of discussion points that every organization can consider and apply to its own specific mandate and place in its local community. Along with the report are links to a series of related articles that can add depth to each of the questions and issues arts organizations face.

It is refreshing to see that, despite the significant challenges, arts organizations are exploring new options for presenting art and supporting our communities during this time of social distancing. This is truly an example of resilience and creativity.

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