Kansas City area arts are still recovering from the Covid recession. At the height, the Nelson-Atkins reduced its budget by $8 million and City in Motion Dance lost 75% of its income. Thus, the town hall will brainstorm recovery resolutions. A panel of art leaders will spur us on. They include directors from the Arts Council of Johnson County, Black Rep Theater, GUILDit Art Biz, and City In Motion Dance.
Kansas City, MO – A town hall discussion on ‘KC Covid Art Recession: Who thrived, who survived, who still needs help?’ will take place on August 22, 2023, 6-7:30pm at the Johnson County Central Resource Library. An insightful panel of art leaders will spur the discussion. They include the Arts Council of Johnson County’s Executive Director Sarah VanLanduyt, the Black Repertory Theater’s Executive Director Damron Armstrong, GUILDit’s Executive Director Susana Bruhn, and City In Motion Dance Theater’s Board President Lydia Knopp.
- 74% of artists lost wages and earnings in March 2020
- Almost half lost 51% or more of their incomes in 2020 and in 2021
- In 2021, 8 in 10 anticipate future income loss
- Income impacts are worse for non-white artists
- 60% reported that creative output was down in 2020 and in 2021
- Advocate for policies that strengthen the Arts in Johnson County and the metro area
- Champion Arts learning opportunities for all ages
- Amplify Johnson County’s voice in the broader metropolitan area Arts discussions
- Contribute to the growth of the Arts within the 21 municipalities of Johnson County
Arts Council of Johnson County recognizes National Arts & Humanities Month celebrations, like this event at the Midwest Trust Center with climate change rap activist Joey Finerhyme.