STATEMENT FROM THE KINGSTON ARTS COUNCIL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Kingston Arts Council is committed to providing support, up-to-date information and resources for our arts community throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency. As Kingston citizens and members of our arts community, our staff and board know firsthand that this is a challenging and emotional time, and the full impact of the pandemic on our arts sector and broader community is still to be seen. We will continue to serve our mission to provide strategic leadership and services for the arts — as funder, leader, advocate, resource and facilitator of opportunities — in Kingston and the surrounding area.
In the coming weeks, we will be offering opportunities for artists, arts workers and leaders to come together online to provide mutual support, share knowledge and continue to strengthen our incredible community. We will be promoting these opportunities on our website and social media, as well as through our e-newsletters to which you can subscribe by following this link.
Our staff also continue to be available by email at the addresses below. We encourage you to reach out if there are ways we can support you during this trying time. We also encourage you to continue to make art and build community (if perhaps at a distance) and we are happy to promote your efforts to do so. We ask for your patience as we navigate these challenging times ourselves, both personally and professionally, but assure you that we will respond to all messages as quickly as we can. Please see below for additional information, including a link to a resource list on our website.
Thank you for all you’re doing to take care of yourselves, your families, your staff and colleagues, and your neighbours. The arts have always provided comfort and connection, and a way for us to tell our human stories…and what stories we already have!
On behalf of the staff and board, I wish you and yours well.
UPDATE FROM THE KINGSTON ARTS COUNCIL
In response to COVID-19, the Kingston Arts Council office located within the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning will be closed until at least March 31st 2020. All Unit 115 Community Arts Space activities are suspended. Staff can be reached via email at the addresses listed below. Please note that we are unable to check for voicemail messages at this time, so please reach out to us by email if needed.
We have put together a list of resources for artists, arts workers and arts organizations. We will regularly update this list to keep it current and comprehensive. You can find it on our website at http://www.artskingston.ca/covid-19-list-of-resources/. We are making every effort to ensure this page is up-to-date and comprehensive. If you know of a resource that would be beneficial for our arts community, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The KAC and the City of Kingston are committed to the continuation of the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF). For more information about this, visit our COVID-19 CKAF Impact page.
Please track the financial impact of cancelled and postponed gigs and events. Potential compensation to be released following the crisis period will likely require documentation of impact; consider spending the time now to track and document revenue loss. Our list of resources includes support in this area.
Continue to support the arts
We are asking the community at large to keep supporting artists and arts workers, whose livelihoods are at risk. If you can afford to do so, we encourage you to take the following steps:
– If an event you had tickets for is cancelled, please consider donating the ticket fee instead of requesting a refund. Contact the organization or the artists to find out how you can do that.
– If you were planning to buy your tickets at the door / later, and the event got cancelled, please consider donating the ticket fee to the artists or organization.
– For arts organizations and businesses that offer memberships or gift certificates, please consider purchasing those now.
– Reach out, check in. These are times of uncertainty for everybody and the decision to cancel an event is extremely stressful, especially as information regarding additional financial support from the government has not yet been released. Send an email, pick up the phone, and find out how you could help. Please have patience with event organizers and groups as they navigate these constantly changing circumstances.
The Kingston Arts Council understands that the outbreak of COVID-19 has brought incredible challenges for artists, arts workers and arts organizations. Please be assured that we will work with you to provide support and information throughout this time.
Please contact us by email and check our website http://www.artskingston.ca/ for more information on how we are continuing to support the community.
Kirsi Hunnakko, Executive Director: Kirsi@artskingston.ca
Laura Chaignon, Programming and Communications Coordinator: Laura@artskingston.ca
Felix Lee, Grants Coordinator: Grants@artskingston.ca
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