The Amp

April 8, 2020

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Emergency Assistance for Artists and Cultural Strategists

Artists and cultural organizers have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists who count on live events for their income have seen tours, performances, openings, and events cancelled all over the world. Cultural strategists collaborating with artists on social justice campaigns have also seen their plans and projects halted to a standstill. 

In recognition of the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the generosity of the Pop Culture Collaborative, The Opportunity Agenda is pleased to provide emergency assistance stipends for artists and cultural strategists. Members of The Opportunity Agenda’s Creative Change Network as well as others who meet the criteria below are encouraged to apply.

Artists Respond to COVID-19

Artists and cultural strategists have responded to the COVID-19 crisis by organizing in new ways while following social distancing and stay-at-home orders. Street art, balcony concerts and chants have been organized in support of essential workers or community needs made more stark by this crisis. Other artists have found new ways to bring people together by using technology in their practice, by mobilizing craft and maker groups to make protective equipment. Still others provide solace by reading poetry in livestreams or simply creating art that looks forward to a better post-pandemic world.  

Justice Reform & Human Rights in a Time of Crisis

image by Laurie Jo Reynolds

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the systemic inequities in our country’s incarceration and detention policies. Because there have been an increasing number of infections within the confined spaces of many jails, prisons, and detention centers, it is more important than ever to continue advocacy for justice reform and the release of people who have not had due process.

We have new messaging recommendations to ensure that your communications on this pressing issue is rooted in shared values.


Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

April 9 - 22

Below is a list of upcoming communication hooks as well as events that you can use to reach new audiences and inform existing ones. Click on each link for messaging tools and hashtags. Note that many plans are in flux as communities address the coronavirus crisis. Check parter websites for news on how to participate and support events remotely. 

Events and Cultural Hooks:

Historical Anniversaries: 

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