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COVID-19 Arts Resources

Creative Compass is a service of Arts Cleveland. We remain available to serve our creative sector – but staff are working remotely until further notice. We will focus our efforts on gathering resources to help our creative sector. We will work with our partners and funders to facilitate information gathering and sharing, and we will continue to educate and advocate on behalf of our creative industries.

Arts Cleveland Weekly Convening During this Crisis

  • Monthly Artist Video Call - The first Wednesday of each month from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. on Zoom
  • Arts Executive Directors Call - Every other Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Zoom

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One of our community partners, CAN Journal/Collective Arts Network, has asked us to pass along a link to their stakeholder survey, which is being used to collect data for their strategic planning process. Respondents will have the chance to win one of three $100 gift cards for one of Northeast Ohio’s many independent restaurants.  Please complete the survey no later than September 25. Survey can be accessed here:

CAN Journal is asking galleries to survey their visitors about post-COVID Lock-down. Take the survey and share


Information and updates

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The Effects of COVID-19 on the Arts

Artists and creative workers are at the core of the creative industries and a significant part of the gig economy. They do not benefit from paid sick leave and other forms of paid time off. Cancelled gigs mean no pay, and with little safety net, that puts our creatives at risk.

We must also remember that many nonprofit organizations and education institutions who are significant sources of employment for creatives rely heavily on endowments. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our markets further exacerbates the earned revenue issue already at play in those organizations because of lost ticket sales. Moreover, ticket sales rarely cover the costs of these events.

Nonprofit organizations rely heavily on contributed income from foundations whose grantmaking is heavily influenced by the market. For our for-profit creative businesses, such as live music clubs, art galleries and the like, access to capital is regularly an issue. However, in times like these, it is critical.


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Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is working to update event cancellations on If you have postponed or canceled an event that is posted, you are welcome to login and update the event by adding " - Canceled" or "- Postponed" to the event title and offering additional details in the event description.

As cancellations and closures are rapidly changing, please visit or contact the organization to confirm activities.

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