In the Heart of the Beast COVID-19 Update
HOBT Staff and Board are committed to centering deep love and care for our community in the face of COVID-19. Our priority is protecting the health and safety of our community by doing our part to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and protect those most vulnerable. As such we have decided to:
- Postpone all programming including our production of Coming Home to Wild
- Move all staff to remote work beginning March 16th
We will make every effort to restage Coming Home to Wild at a future date. HOBT is committed to honoring our financial commitments to our artists and crew so they do not lose income they had been planning on. All ticket income for Coming Home to Wild will be donated, as planned, to Indigenous Environmental Network. If you would instead like your ticket refunded please contact Brown Paper Tickets within 2 weeks by emailing [email protected]. Be sure to include your confirmation number, if possible.
Starting Monday, March 16th, all HOBT staff will be asked to work remotely. Working remotely supports less exposure for staff and promotes essential social distancing. The Avalon Theatre will not be open to the public and the MayDay Council’s Tea & Treats sessions, scheduled to begin 3/13, have been postponed.
We know this will likely be a very challenging time for freelance artists and have compiled resources (below) both for artists and ways the community can support the arts during this difficult time.
In a time of great fear, we are choosing solidarity. We know not everyone is in the privileged position to work from home, adjust to losing childcare, take unpaid time off work. This is a moment when we must come together, when we must choose new ways forward.
Resources for Artists
- Freelance Artist Resource Page
- 3Arts Resource Page Grants & Funding Opportunities
- Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
- Pollen will be immediately doubling their editorial/art budget for the year and front-loading those resources to commission and support freelancers NOW through #AreYouOKMN
Ways you can support artists, creative businesses and freelancers, from Springboard for the Arts Principles for Ethical Cancellation
- Promote artists work online, encourage your supporters and followers to buy their work.
- Buy gift cards from your favorite venues, artists, chefs, and restaurants — you can make sure the creative businesses that make our community strong can survive AND give yourself something to look forward to!
- Should we Cancel? Maryse Mitchell-Brody offers a list of considerations that are great conversation starters for teams making decisions in this moment.
- Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens medical information, invocations, grounding practices and dialogue centering the wisdom and life experiences of people who live with chronic illnesses and disability.
- Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now Politicians, Community Leaders and Business Leaders: What Should You Do and When?
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty Protecting Mental during the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Coping with COVID: Centering Wellness and Self Care Rhonda Wheatley discusses how artists might rethink productivity, as many attempt to maintain a sense of “business as usual” when things are anything but usual.
- Coping with COVID: Time Management for Artists during Challenging Times This online workshop presents tips, tools, and resources to create a better structure, take control of your environment, manage your time better as we continue to work from home.
- Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Individuals This virtual gathering provides an overview of the financial implications of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is meant to help creative individuals cope with the unique financial challenges they face and provide tangible strategies for coping with the ongoing uncertainty.
More Artist Resources
- MNsure Open Enrollment If you are uninsured in Minnesota, MNsure has opened up a special enrollment period to meet the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Special enrollment is open now until April 21.
- HowlRound Panel: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned): For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines
Ways of Gathering
- Ways of Gathering A Guide to Livestreaming on HowlRound TV
- Workshops, Museum Tours & Puppet Shows Free from home
- Tips for social distancing and the outdoors Suggestions for preventing the transmission of coronavirus while spending time in nature
- Coping with COVID: Livestreaming for Artists how to guide on how to livestream