Advocacy Efforts for Arts & Culture Related to COVID-19


On the Federal Level

Americans for the Arts and Artist Relief have released new versions of their COVID-19 Impact on the Arts Surveys. The findings will power their collective ongoing advocacy work to ensure the arts are part of the billions of dollars in relief and recovery funding.

  • They urge all arts and cultural organizations to complete the new COVID-19 Impact Survey for Organizations. This revised survey enables them to continue tracking the human and financial impacts of COVID-19 on arts organizations as well as understand the challenges with recovery and re-opening. All types of arts and cultural organizations should participate.
  • Americans for the Arts and Artist Relief, with support from the Ford Foundation, have launched a new COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists. This revised survey enables the partners to gauge what is happening to the creative economy and address what is needed to provide relief and spur recovery. All types of creative workers should participate: practicing artists, culture bearers, educators and teaching artists, creative entrepreneurs, and hobby artists.
  • Each week, Americans for the Arts publishes its updated COVID-10 Research Update that tracks the ongoing human and financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the arts. As the virus continues to rage in our communities, so does its devastation of the nation’s arts sector. Cancellations have taken place at virtually every arts organization across the country, 1 in 10 arts businesses doubt their ability to survive, and two-thirds of the nation’s artists are now unemployed. Use this weekly update to keep informed.

New COVID-19 impact Survey for Organizations

New COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists

Americans for the Arts ADVOCATE HUB

Tools, research and training to get involved in and advocate for the arts.

Americans for the Arts 2021 National Arts Action Summit

The National Arts Action Summit, which will be held virtually April 5-9, 2021, is a multi-day digital event bringing together arts advocates from across the country. The following week—April 12-16—will be Arts Advocacy Week, when advocates will meet with their congressional leaders bringing their passion, knowledge, and stories to advance policy.

On the State Level

Arts NC Action Center

Visit for regular updates on legislation and how we can take action to support the arts and artists in North Carolina.

On the Local Level

Check back for updates on how to advocate for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s arts and culture community.