What will become of Minnesota's arts community?

The halls of the Northrup King building are filled with artists, patrons and families exploring artists' studios during Art-A-Whirl in northeast Minneapolis in 2012. This year, the annual event is going virtual.
William Lager | MPR News 2012

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.


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