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The Times They Are A-Changin'

Keep the Arts Front and Center

It has only been three weeks, and coronavirus (COVID-19) has drastically affected our lives - socially, professionally, and recreationally. Work has shifted to the private sphere and public events are postponed. We're quarantined. While access to the physical world may be cut off or suspended now, the Arts can still bring us together.

This month, our focus is on ways to amplify your voice and engage your mind creatively from the comfort of your home. Resources abound online so we've curated some favorites for your consideration, including tips to work remotely, calls for creative work, webinars, and a downloadable list of a dozen creative learning ideas you can try today.

We hope that you are safe, healthy and at home. With so much at your fingertips, don't fret; instead, get busy.

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Count Yourself In

We know you're already doing your part by staying home. Thank you. If you have a few minutes, consider sharing your take on the current situation.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act was recently passed and will go a long way in assisting our regional nonprofit arts sector to survive the pandemic.

We urge you to say "thank you" to your Federal Senators and Representatives and have created a template letter which you may use.

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Arts & Culture Industry

Artists, agencies, museums, colleges and the rest of the cultural industry can demonstrate how this crisis has effected their operations by completing a survey for Americans for the Arts. Takes 5 minutes.

"However, the theatre community at Muhlenberg did not let that (coronavirus) stop us. The creative team and department accepted the chaos that was, a theme so aligned with the show, and set out to make something happen..."
by Lara Atry

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In order to better understand the impact of COVID-19 to our regions cultural community and life around the world, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council has formed a Resource Hub to centralize information which will be maintained throughout the outbreak.

Working Remotely in the Arts

▪ Resources | Citizens for the Arts in PA
▪ 13 Tips for Working Remotely in the Arts | American Alliance of Museums
Resources | Citizens for the Arts in PA
13 Tips for Working Remotely in the Arts | American Alliance of Museums
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Calls for Creatives

Lend your creative talent to community focused arts projects locally and around the world.

▪ The Morning Call's GO Guide is introducing a new Lehigh Valley music spotlight - #HomeMadeMusic. Join the effort to comfort each other and to connect — through music — at this challenging time,
▪ The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) need art created to help drive awareness. Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by creating art that captures one of the coronavirus key messages.
The Morning Call's GO Guide is introducing a new Lehigh Valley music spotlight - #HomeMadeMusic. Join the effort to comfort each other and to connect — through music — at this challenging time,
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) need art created to help drive awareness. Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by creating art that captures one of the coronavirus key messages.

Find an Outlet to the Arts

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This Spring we were set to host the fifth annual expo of creative learning, Young at Art, but then this virus happened. In that spirit of arts education, we've curated some fun and unique ideas to consider trying while you're at home. Let us know how it goes!

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"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." - Twyla Tharp

“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." - Alan Watts

"Art is the highest form of hope." - Gerhard Richter

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The "Arts Advocate" is a bi-monthly e-newsletter
by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.

Stay in the loop! Conversations on the Arts cross many topics. Look out for our new Arts Calendar, a digital edition of online arts and culture experiences, coming out May 1, 2020. Subscribe to what you're interested in.

 
 
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