Philanthropy Now podcast: COVID-19 challenges the local creative sector


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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating economic impact on the nonprofit arts sector. After shelter in place orders took effect in March 2020, it was estimated that the field would have $3.2 billion in financial losses. Thousands of cultural events, art classes and community programs were canceled across the country. Because arts organizations have closed their doors for months to come and many have also reduced their workforce, we can anticipate greater revenue losses for local arts and culture nonprofits.

This episode features a conversation with SVCF’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Mauricio Palma, Musician and Trustee of the Castellano Family Foundation and Executive Director of Quinteto Latino Armando Castellano, Chief Executive Officer if SVCreates Connie Martinez, and Director of San Mateo County Arts Commission Robin Rodricks. These leaders examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts, the tensions between arts and cultural organizations and other organizations providing emergency-related services the correlation between race equity and arts access and education, how these organizations are building awareness around these disparities and advocating for funding the arts, and more.

In SVCF’s Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

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