Updates and Resources

July 13, 2020
New updates and resources continue to arrive everyday - below are the latest.
Please continue to refer to the COVID-19 Response for the Live Performance Sector document and to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
We're in this together! - The OP Team
In this email (click to jump):

Wage Subsidy Extended to December
Ontario Moves to Stage 3
artEquity Program for BIPOC in Predominantly White Institutions
Canadian Arts Coalition Survey Results
Culture Track Report: Culture in a Time of Crisis
OAC Seeks Program Administrator
Upcoming Webinars
Bright Thoughts: Les Grands Espaces
Federal Wage Subsidy Extended to December 2020 

The federal government announced today that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended to December 2020. The government has indicated that some changes will be made to the program, but have not yet announced details. We will continue to keep our network informed as more information becomes available.
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Much of Ontario Moving to Stage 3 on Friday

Megaphone graphicMuch of Ontario will move to Stage 3 of the province's reopening plan this Friday, July 17, with the exception of the Greater Toronto Area and a few select areas of southern Ontario (see the full list here).

Stage 3 includes live performing arts shows, and allows for gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Physical distancing of two metres must be maintained between all people not from the same household or social circle. Work colleagues, including performers and crews, do not count toward gathering limits.

The Stage 3 framework includes a few additional details for live performance. We will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available:

  • Performers must maintain physical distancing of two metres from every other person, except from other performers where necessary for purposes of the performance.
  • Audiences are subject to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of at least two metres and cannot exceed gathering limits of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors. This applies to the entire facility, regardless of the number of theatres or performance stages within the facility.
  • Performers and staff are not included in the gathering limits.
  • Plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier is required between the audience and singers as well as players of brass or wind instruments
  • Drive-in and drive-through venues, as permitted in Stage 2, are not subject to gathering limits.
  • Concessions stands at drive-through venues may be accessed in-person or by drive-through or delivery to vehicles.

The province's state of emergency has also been extended until July 24, and Health Minister Christine Elliott has suggested that Ontario will remain in Stage 3 for the "foreseeable future."

For Toronto, the move to stage 3 will likely be delayed until at least July 24th. Other regions remaining in stage 2 are expected to move to stage 3 just ahead of Toronto. Read more here.

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artEquity Program for BIPOC Individuals in Predominantly White Institutions

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artEquity is offering a four-part series for Black, Indigenous, People of Color Surviving Predominantly White Institutions. The series is for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour only and will take place every Friday from 1:30 - 3:30 ET, beginning July 17th. Registration is available to all BIPOC here.

In addition, artsEquity is offering Sunday Support Sessions for BIPOC to process being a BIPOC surviving PWIs. Support Sessions will run Sundays from 1:30 - 3pm ET starting on July 19th

US-based organization artEquity offers training and consulting services to individuals and organizations on creating and sustaining a culture of equity and inclusion through the arts and culture.
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Canadian Arts Coalition Survey Results

Survey graphicThe Canadian Arts Coalition has now shared the results of their recent survey of over 5,900 arts and culture organizations and 58,650 individual artists.

Key findings are available here, and a slide deck for federal advocacy purposes here.

The survey reinforces the immediate and ongoing needs of the arts sector, which expects a long and slow recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Key findings include:

  • 61% of respondents still find themselves at the Emergency stage of the pandemic
  • 85% of respondents perceived gaps in the ability of the current emergency programs to meet the needs of their members
  • 69% of respondents also pointed to gaps in the funding being channelled through Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • 87% of respondents agreed that the federal government should offer support for digital creation to ensure artists are fairly compensated and that their work finds an audience
  • 87% of respondents support a basic, guaranteed income for all, especially in light of the current precarity of Indigenous, racialized, the deaf and disabled and other marginalized artists
  • 87% of respondents believe that the government should ensure equitable support across the regions and for Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized artists.
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Culture Track Report: Culture and Community in a Time of Crisis
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Culture & Community in a Time of Crisis: A Special Edition of Culture Track is a new collaboration between LaPlaca Cohen and Slover Linett Audience Research. The first wave of the project was a national, US survey, fielded from April 29th to May 19th, 2020. 

Initial findings from this survey are now available, with recognition that the cultural context has significantly changed since the survey was fielded. Project leaders plan to release further results later this month, and to field a second wave of the survey in September.

The initial results offer a useful overview of behavioural trends and opinions from the American public. While respondents were primarily cultural attendees, a small sample of 2000 individuals representing the broad American public were weighted to create a more representative picture. 

A few key findings include:
  • The cultural sector has an inclusion problem: Audiences remain largely white, older, more affluent, and more highly educated
  • BIPOC individuals are more deeply impacted by the virus
  • Over 50% of people are turning to online cultural offerings during quarantine, but only 13% have paid for an online cultural experience
  • The majority of respondents have turned to individual artists or groups to find their online cultural offerings
  • Audiences (as of April/May) were most eager to return to visiting loved ones, restaurants, and movies, with cultural offerings lower on the priority list
  • Respondents were primarily eager for cultural experiences that are fun and beautiful, offering escapism
  • Organizations control 6 out of 10 factors that will influence respondents’ decisions to return to cultural activities (for example, increased cleaning processes, as opposed to a vaccine)
  • Respondents are looking to cultural institutions to offer support and connection for communities
  • 96% of respondents identify various ways that arts and culture organizations can help their communities during the COVID-19 crisis, but only 1 in 3 report seeing these organizations helping in some specific way at present.
The full report on key findings, available here, offers many additional insights. Useful overviews and interpretation are also available from Art Net News and Butts in Seats.
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OAC Seeks Program Administrator

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is searching for a Program Administrator (Indigenous Arts & Multi-Inter Arts, and Other Programs). Apply by Friday, July 24th at 5pm
Find out more and apply
Upcoming Webinars 
There are many webinars and resources available at this time! Here are a few upcoming:

Friday, July 15 at 9am ET: A Global Conversation on Restarting Performing Arts

USITT and Wenger are sponsoring a global conversation about entertainment in the pandemic. With presenters from Taiwan, Nigeria, Germany, and Colombia, they are taking an opportunity to learn from their colleagues around the world about the state of the industry and how they are seeking to move forward.

The conversation will be recorded and posted for those who can’t make it.

Register here

Friday, July 31 from 6-9pm ET: Divesting from White Supremacy: Unraveling to Rebuild

Offered by b current performing arts, this deep dive, intimate session centres self reflection, locating ourselves and deeply contending with the ways in which we have internalized and invested in white supremacist economic, cultural, social and political ideologies, practices and hierarchies. The workshop explores community accountability practices and models for organizing, as well as ways of knowing and being from the BIPOC margins. Alternative economies, models for justice and ways of teaching, parenting and learning are central themes in the session. This session is ideal for artists, organizers and individuals working on cultivating a strong working knowledge of social justice issues, and who are committed to divesting from white supremacy and decolonizing internally, interpersonally and institutionally.

*Prerequisite: Anti-Oppression 101 OR Anti-Oppression for Artists & Cultural Producers OR working knowledge of Anti-Oppression\Anti-Racism.

Register here

Bright Thoughts: Les Grands Espaces

As featured in previous e-updates, the Alliance of Canadian Dance Networks is now publishing a weekly enewsletter to share positive stories with the dance community.

In the July 8th edition of Bright Thoughts, composer Katia Makdissi-Warren and Société de musique contemporaine du Québec Director of Communications and Education Claire Cavanaugh reflect on a video performance of Les Grands Espaces featuring a virtual choir, and a dance interpretation by Barbara Diabo.

"... our virtual event was met very enthusiastically by our partners and the children, who sang with so much heart in their musical videos. They told us that the project was like a breath of fresh air during this difficult time and many expressed how touched they were that they could gather, albeit virtually, to make music together. Practising music (and dance!) helps us to collectively live better, especially during the pandemic."

Read more Bright Thoughts

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