With so much on hold because of COVID-19, the arts community in Minnesota is struggling. Theaters are canceling and rescheduling their seasons, musicians are turning to social media to put on virtual concerts and visual artists are losing income because of canceled art fairs.
The pandemic has created short-term and long-term uncertainty for artists and arts organizations, but it has also spurred creativity about ways to make and share art. For example, Art-A-Whirl, an annual art festival in northeast Minneapolis, opens virtually on Friday.
Members of Minnesota's arts community join MPR News host Angela Davis to talk about their new realities and what the future might hold.
Laura Zabel is the executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development organization for Minnesota’s artists.
Leah Cooper is the co-artistic director of Wonderlust Productions, a theater company based in St. Paul.
Shantel Dow is the executive director of the Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Use the audio player above to listen to the program.
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