March 26, 2020 – COVID-19 will have a tremendous impact on the artist-run centres network and its human resources, including artists and self-employed workers. A few days ago, the Government of Canada announced emergency aid to all workers affected by closures and layoffs. ARCA is paying close attention to evolving information relevant.
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ARTIST-RUN CENTRES & COVID-19
This post will be updated periodically on ARCA’s website as the situation evolves.
March 26, 2020 – COVID-19 will have a tremendous impact on the artist-run centres network and its human resources, including artists and self-employed workers. A few days ago, the Government of Canada announced emergency aid to all workers affected by closures and layoffs. ARCA is paying close attention to evolving information relevant to our publicly funded organizations and will keep you updated. Links to the information pages of government agencies, departments and toolkit are included in the web post.
In the interim, Minister’s office and the Canada Council for the Arts are asking that we document financial losses and other effects of self-isolation to help decide next steps for support; in response to this directive, ARCA and her allies have prepared a survey to document and assess the impact of COVID-19 on your communities. The survey link was shared with your regional representatives for distribution to all artist-run centres and affiliate members:
- Eddie Ayoub, representing MARCC, Artistic Director of Art City inc., Winnipeg, MB;
- Catherine Bodmer, representing the RCAAQ, Adjunct Director, RCAAQ, Montreal, QC;
- Lise Leblanc, representing AGAVF, Executive Director of AGAVF in Ottawa, ON;
- Amber Phelps Bondaroff, representating PARCA, Programming Coordinator at Neutral Ground, Regina, SK;
- Ginger Carlson, representating AAARC, Director of Truck Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB;
- Sally Wolchyn-Raab, Interim Atlantis representant, Artistic Director, Eyelevel, Halifax, NS;
- Katrina Orlowski, representating PAARC, Communications Manager, grunt, Vancouver, BC;
- Dermot Wilson, representing ARCCO, Nipissing Curatorial Collective;
- Jonathan Middleton, representing ARCCO, Executive Director of Art Metropole, Toronto, ON;
- Tiphaine Girault-Bath, member at large, SPILL, Gatineau, QC;
- Dayna Warren, Indigenous Consultant, Winnipeg, MB.
Links to regularly updated information
As the situation is evolving rapidly, this message is an opportunity for us to share some resources that could be useful to you and your respective networks:
- For the most up-to-date and authoritative information regarding the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada, please consult the website of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the website of your local public health authorities. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update
- Canada’s economic intervention plan to respond to COVID-19
- A series of questions and answers from Canadian Heritage for recipients of PCH grants and contributions affected by COVID-19
- The Canada Council for the Arts’ gradually updated page for the community
- Provisions and benefits and benefits for self-employed workers
Alberta Foundation for the Arts – AFA response to the COVID-19
Arts Nova Scotia – Extended Deadlines & Updated Instructions for Submitting Applications
BC Arts Council – COVID-19 – FAQ for BC Arts Council Grant Recipients
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec – Message aux artistes et organismes
Conseil des arts de Montréal – Message to oganizations and collectives in all disciplines
Manitoba Arts Council – COVID-19 FAQs
New Brunswick Arts Board – COVID-19 and artsnb
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council – News
NWT Arts Council – Facebook feed
Ontario Arts Council – COVID-19 OAC Activity Updates
PEI Arts Grants Funding – PEI Updates and resources
Saskatchewan Arts Board – Saskatchewan Arts Board Statement
Toronto Arts Council – Press Releases and Announcements
ARCA wishes to thank le RCAAQ, IMAA, Heather Young, Young Associates, ArtsPond, and members of the Visual Arts Alliance for generously sharing their copy and resources for wider sharing.
- Digital Literacy In Six Micro-bites
by Isabelle L’Heureux
From an article published in the “Réseau art actuel” portal, February 18, 2020
Over the past decade, cloud computing has become a well-established trend in the digital world. Defined as a computing model that relies on pooling a large number of networked servers to store and manage data, it allows small organizations and individuals to access a vast amount of processing power at low cost. In concrete terms: rather than working with software installed on computers (where everything is stored locally), users have access to a variety of tools through web applications (i.e., communication happens via a network of servers over the internet).
Cloud computing offers a wide range of services. The most relevant for artist-run centres and other cultural organizations usually relate to information storage and sharing services as well as office automation tools. As many of us are considering a transition toward cloud computing (more specifically, toward services that integrate office, messaging, and document management, such as Gsuite and Office 365), it seems relevant to review what this technology entails. This chapter is a useful resource for understanding what cloud computing services are all about and how they might be useful to artist-run centres. It will also help guide organizations in their choice of service provider and provide step-by-step instructions on how to implement the service within their workforce.
> Read the article here
- Lands to Travel Through
* Due to self-isolation measures, the national conference organizing committee is weighing various options and will keep the membership closely informed.