News to Use – May 12, 2020

News to Use – May 12, 2020

WEBINAR: How COVID-19 is Impacting Intentions to Attend Cultural Institutions – And What Will Make Visitors Feel Comfortable Visiting Again
May 14, 2020 2:00 PM 

At present, the United States is facing a national emergency as it grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. Cultural organizations are closed to the public as much of the country is under stay-at-home orders. IMPACTS is collecting data on intentions to visit cultural entities, the types of organizations that may experience greater demand upon reopening, what people say will make them feel safe visiting again – and many other metrics. During this presentation, IMPACTS will share timely and pressing data to aid in informing strategic direction to maximize engagement upon reopening.

Presented in cooperation with the New World Symphony for South Florida cultural organizations. Register in advance for this webinar:

Locust Projects Miami Artist Relief Fund
Deadline May 15, 2020

Locust Projects’ Miami Artist Relief Fund supports artists experiencing hardships due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The application portal on Submittable is open until midnight, May 15th – grants will be awarded through a blind lottery and grantees will be notified before June 1, 2020.

Florida Humanities CARES Applications Are Now Open
Cultural organizations affected by COVID-19 may apply for emergency relief funds made possible by the National Endowment for Humanities, through the CARES Act. Organizations must have an annual budget of $1 million or less to be eligible to apply. The funds are intended for operating expenses related to the organization, such as staffing and rent. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Questions related to Florida Humanities CARES (eligibility, reporting, etc.) should be directed to Patricia Putman, Associate Director, at Click here to view requirements and apply.

$15 Million in IMLS CARES Act Grants Now Available for Museums and Library Services 
Deadline June 12, 2020

In response to COVID-19, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians.
IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries supports museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.
IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services assists tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the urgent and future needs of their communities. Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcomed.

Upcoming IMLS Webinars
Interested applicants are invited to attend free informational webinars to learn more:
Thursday, May 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET 
IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries

Friday, May 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET 
IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services

These webinars will be through GoToMeeting, and advance registration is required. Recordings will be made available on-demand on the IMLS website.

FIU Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center
Survey for Nonprofit Leaders in Miami-Dade County – Deadline May 24, 2020
Arts, Culture and Humanities Section

The FIU Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center, in collaboration with Miami-Dade County, is conducting a survey to understand how the local nonprofit sector is managing through the COVID-19 crisis. Your responses are anonymous and confidential. The results of this survey will let the community and donors have the necessary information to support the nonprofit sector during this crisis. Results from this survey will be released as part of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Thursday Roundtable webinar series on May 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM.  Click here to respond to the survey.

Legalartlink: Resource for Artists
Locust Projects’ LegalARTLink program offers artists access to legal advice and information, referrals to pro-bono attorneys, and one-on-one legal counseling and professional development workshops on a broad range of legal issues.
Locust Projects is waiving the membership fee for LegalARTLink for the next six months. Click here for information.

MAMP Sessions for Miami’s Arts Community

Arts & Business Council of Miami is hosting small group sessions on Zoom, featuring a business expert with vital information to support the arts and nonprofit industry in Miami-Dade County. Limited to just 10 attendees, these valuable conversations will feature a presentation on relevant best practices and Q&A sessions with an expert.

MAMP Session: PR, Media Relations and More
May 14, 2020 at 10 AM

What has changed since COVID-19? Bring your PR questions, from media relations to building promotional and community partnerships, and everything in between. The webinar will cover the myriad ways available to stand out from the pack. 

Since 1995, Lisa Palley of Palley Promotes has represented a wide range of South Florida-based nonprofit organizations focused on social service, the environment, LGBTQ, Jewish, affordable housing, and cultural issues. Click here to register.

MAMP Session: Keys to Preserving a Brand
May 21, 2020 at 10 AM

This workshop provides an opportunity to reflect on your brand identity alongside peers in a low-stakes, high-inclusion environment. Using creative writing techniques, the session will dig into one crucial aspect of your brand – why you do what you do? What is your purpose or cause? What are your beliefs?
Erin Feldman, co-principal of content, marketing, and design firm Center Content, works through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens, helping her clients reach an expansive audience. Click here to register.

MAMP Session: Maximizing Volunteers Now
May 28, 2020 at 10 AM

Nicole Smith presents: Maximizing the Potential of Your Underestimated Workforce. Learn how to discover and implement the hidden skills of volunteers and interns to maximize the productivity of your organization.

Nicole has prepared more than 500 interns to enter the workforce and has inspired crowds upwards of 2,000. In November 2019, she was selected as one of Legacy Miami’s Most Prominent and Influential Black Women in Business & Industry of 2019. Click here to register.

Still Time to Fill Out Census Online
There’s still time to complete your 2020 Census. Options to fill out the census are available online, by phone or by mail. It is safe, easy and important to have an accurate census count. If you have not received your census invitation by now, you can still go online and fill out the census. Visit
For more information, materials and resources visit the 2020 Census visit

WLRN CALL FOR STORIES. Article:  South Florida Artists Haven’t Slowed Down Their Work. Are You One of Them?
The coronavirus pandemic may have forced arts venues to shut down, but that doesn’t mean South Florida artists have slowed down. Click here for article. To share your story, email WLRN at with the word “Intermission” in the subject line. Or you can call (305) 376-3777. A producer or reporter may be in touch to follow up.

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