Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates, FAQs, and Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates, FAQ, and Resources

This page will be updated and timestamped as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Ohio Arts Council understands the connection of community, art, and culture in cities and towns big and small. We are also acutely aware that the current health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) present unique challenges that impact the arts and cultural sector.

As the situation is constantly evolving, we will use this page to provide answers to frequently asked questions, keep you apprised of agency news and updates, and share resources to assist you in your operations and planning.

Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov if you are looking for general information on the coronavirus that is not specific to the arts. The website is updated daily to provide information on the status of Ohio’s public health; resources for parents and families; tips and checklists on prevention and preparation; general resources for economic support; news releases; updates from Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH; and more. To speak with someone directly regarding the coronavirus, please call the state’s hotline at 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

STATEWIDE UPDATE 04/02/2020: OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DIRECTOR'S ORDER THAT ALL PERSONS STAY AT HOME UNLESS ENGAGED IN ESSENTIAL WORK OR ACTIVITY

On Sunday, March 22, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, issued a director’s order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. On Thursday, April 2, Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton announced that this order will be extended until May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state.

For more information, visit the links below:

Read the Stay at Home order
Stay at Home order information sheet
Stay at Home order FAQs
Find contact information for local health departments

AGENCY UPDATE 03/24/2020: Sustainability and SASO Off-Year Update Deadlines Extended

Please see below for important information regarding Sustainability and SASO off-year updates:

Sustainability Mid-Size and SASO grantees: FY 2021 awards will be calculated using financial materials submitted in 2019. DataArts funder report submission deadline extended to October 30, 2020, but the remainder of the off-year update is due in ARTIE by April 30, 2020.

Sustainability Large grantees: DataArts funder report submission deadline extended to October 30, 2020, but the remainder of the off-year update is due in ARTIE by April 30, 2020, including required Income Verification form, a cross-referenced audit, and auditor's letter.

AGENCY UPDATE 03/13/2020: Ohio Arts Council issuing partial payments for FY 2020 grantees

With event cancellations and other social distancing measures being implemented rapidly across the state in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ohio arts and cultural community now faces a potentially grave and extended cash flow shortage which may directly affect the state’s nearly 290,000 creative industries workers, their families, and communities. The Ohio Arts Council is taking unprecedented steps to address this issue. As of March 13, the OAC has begun proactively issuing partial payments for nearly all current FY 2020 operating and project support grants that have not already received them. These are grants that have already been extensively reviewed via rigorous panel processes and awarded funding by the OAC board. Partial payments are typically awarded only upon request, but by taking this action the OAC will quickly inject over $3.5 million directly into arts and cultural organizations around the state, which can then be put immediately to work within the Ohio economy.

This page was last updated at 3 p.m. on April 2, 2020, to include additional links in the "Resources" section.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Updated 03/31/20 at 1 p.m.)

Ohio Arts Council Grants, Deadlines, and Funding

1. My organization received Ohio Arts Council funding for an event. Should we continue to hold the event amid COVID-19 concerns?
On Sunday, March 22, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, issued a director's order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020.
On Thursday, April 2, Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton announced that this order will be extended until May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state.

For more information, visit the links below:

Read the Stay at Home order
Stay at Home order information sheet
Stay at Home order FAQs
Find contact information for local health departments

2. If we choose to cancel or amend our OAC-funded event/project, do we need to let the agency know?
Probably not, unless those changes affect activities specifically mentioned in your Grant Agreement.

Grantees receiving general operating support (Sustainability and Arts Access), which have generalized Grant Agreement descriptions, will not be affected. Grantees receiving project and other types of support (ArtSTART, ArtsNEXT, Arts Partnership, etc.) may wish to review the specifics of their Grant Agreements and email their program coordinator with any questions.

We are often able to adjust the terms of Grant Agreements on a case-by-case basis, extend project end dates, or make other accommodations. As a last resort, if activities cannot take place as planned and no reasonable substitutions can be made, grants must be cancelled.

3. Have any upcoming grant application deadlines been extended or changed?
Please see below for spring deadlines for FY 2021 funding:

  • March 16 - application deadline for Traditional Arts Apprenticeships
  • NEW: Extended to April 30 (from original deadline of April 1) for Sustainability and SASO off-year updates as follows:
    Sustainability Mid-Size and SASO grantees: FY 2021 awards will be calculated using financial materials submitted in 2019. DataArts funder report submission deadline extended to October 30, 2020, but the remainder of the off-year update is due in ARTIE by April 30, 2020.

    Sustainability Large grantees: DataArts funder report submission deadline extended to October 30, 2020, but the remainder of the off-year update is due in ARTIE by April 30, 2020, including required Income Verification form, a cross-referenced audit, and auditor's letter.
     
  • April 1 - application deadline for ArtSTART
  • May 15 - application deadline for Ohio Artists on Tour
  • June 1 - application deadline for Artists with Disabilities Access Program, Building Cultural Diversity, and Capacity Building
As always, applications to the OAC are submitted entirely online via the ARTIE system.  ARTIE access is not impacted in any way. OAC staff remain accessible via phone or email to assist applicants completing proposals or updates. If you are preparing an application, we strongly encourage you to plan to submit it a minimum of five days prior to the deadline to allow for technical difficulties.
 

4. Will any upcoming Final Report deadlines be extended or changed?
Final Reports for current grants with upcoming end dates will be due 30 days following their completion, as usual. These should be submitted via the online ARTIE system. ARTIE access is not impacted in any way. The OAC will continue to process payment requests and partial payments throughout the spring.

5. Will OAC grant panel review meetings still be held as scheduled?
Scheduled OAC public panel meetings for TeachArtsOhio, ArtsNEXT, ArtSTART, and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships planned for April, May, and June will be held as planned, but the agency may host them virtually rather than in-person. A list of upcoming panel meetings can be found on the
OAC grants calendar. Updates and public access instructions will be shared on the OAC website and social media when available.

6. Do I qualify for unemployment compensation?
Cases vary widely depending on your status as a freelancer, independent contractor, commissioned artist, full- or part-time employee of an arts organization, and so on. The Ohio Arts Council is not in a position to provide guidance regarding your particular eligibility for unemployment compensation.

The DeWine Administration has expedited the unemployment process, if you quality; more details specific to coronavirus and unemployment can be found on the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website. In addition, the State of Ohio has a general website with FAQs on unemployment, which we would also encourage you to review before filing a claim.

7. How does the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act support arts organizations and artists?
A $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief bill was signed by President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts intended to assist nonprofit arts organizations "to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally." The CARES Act also includes additional support for nonprofit cultural organizations, museums, libraries, and public broadcasting. Furthermore, expanded Unemployment Insurance includes coverage for furloughed workers, freelancers, and "independent contractors like 'gig economy' workers such as actors, musicians, and artists and nonprofit organizations and small businesses, including those working in the creative economy," as described in an Americans for the Arts media release. Read more about how the CARES Act assists the arts on the National Endowment for the Arts' website and the Americans for the Arts' website.

Additional guides for navigating what the CARES Act means for individuals and nonprofits have been shared by Independent Sector and the National Council of Nonprofits.

Ohio Arts Council Operations and Events

1. Is the Ohio Arts Council open?
The Ohio Arts Council is open during its normal hours of operation: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ohio Arts Council staff members can be reached via phone or email

2. Have any upcoming Ohio Arts Council events been rescheduled?

2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio (originally scheduled for March 25)
After consulting with the Governor's Office, and out of an abundance of caution, the Ohio Arts Council has made the difficult decision to reschedule the 2020 Governor's Awards. The health and safety of our arts community is always our top priority, and although we will miss seeing you on March 25, we look forward to celebrating this wonderful group of winners once we have rescheduled!
Stay tuned for more information and the announcement of a new date. Current ticket holders and table sponsors are encouraged to hold their registrations for the rescheduled date. Those who choose not to retain their registrations may contact Katie Monahan at katie.monahan@oac.ohio.gov for refund options.
Ohio Teaching Artist Roster Professional Development Day (originally scheduled for April 2)
In accordance with State of Ohio directives banning large gatherings and out of an abundance of caution, the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster partner organizations (including the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, OhioDance, Art Possible Ohio, and Center for Arts-Inspired Learning) have made the decision to reschedule the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster Professional Development Day, originally planned for April 2 at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio. We look forward to holding the one-day professional development event in its entirety in Wooster as planned at the earliest possible date, likely in fall 2020. Current PD Day registrants are encouraged to hold their registrations for the rescheduled date. Those who choose not to retain their registration may contact Emma Parker, artistic director at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, at emma@arts-inspiredlearning.org for refund options.
2020 Arts Impact Ohio Conference (originally scheduled for May 6 - 8)
In accordance with State of Ohio directives banning large gatherings and out of an abundance of caution, the Ohio Arts Council has made the decision to reschedule the 2020 Arts Impact Ohio conference and preconference, originally planned for May 6-8, 2020, in Akron, Ohio. We look forward to holding the two-day event in its entirety, including the one-day arts learning preconference, in Akron as planned, at the earliest viable date. We intend to include every one of the dozens of fantastic presenters, session leaders, performers, trips to local arts institutions, and exciting networking extras that we had originally planned for May.
Visit the Arts Impact Ohio web page for more information. The page will be updated as new details become available. Updates will also be shared via social media channels and directly via email with attendees and registrants. We look forward to visiting, celebrating, and learning with you very soon.

3. I have a meeting scheduled at the Ohio Arts Council’s office. Should I still plan to attend?
Going forward, our agency will not be scheduling in-person/face-to-face meetings. If you already have an existing meeting on your calendar with an OAC staff member, please contact that staff member to make alternative arrangements.

4. An Ohio Arts Council staff member had previously planned a site visit or on-site meeting with me and my organization. Will this meeting still occur?
Per recommendation from the Office of Governor Mike DeWine and out of an abundance of caution, state employees are unable to attend on-site meetings at this time. Please contact the Ohio Arts Council staff member with whom you had planned to meet to discuss options.

5. How do I know if an art event, craft fair, or community festival I was planning to attend is still taking place?
It is always best practice to check event websites or contact the event organizer prior to traveling to any event to confirm dates, times, and locations.

Please be mindful when referring to the Ohio Arts Council's Festival Directory resource (available in both print and online formats) that starting March 2020 the DeWine Administration issued multiple orders and directives to prohibit mass gatherings, including many types of events and festivals, in order to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19. Listings in the Ohio Arts Council's Festival Directory were compiled in fall 2019 before the coronavirus outbreak and are based on information supplied by proprietors and promoters of the individual festivals and competitions at that time. It is likely that many events and festivals for spring or summer 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. 

As noted in the online and print Festival Directory, the OAC is not responsible for the accuracy of this information, and information may be subject to change. Please confirm dates and locations of events by visiting events' websites or contacting the organizers listed in the directory, and please be mindful of the state's efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery


RESOURCES (Updated 04/02/20 at 3 p.m.)

The following websites include information to help you stay informed about COVID-19 and how you can be prepared.

About Ohio's Stay at Home Order

On Sunday, March 22, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, issued a director's order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. On Thursday, April 2, Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton announced that this order will be extended until May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state.
 
For more information, visit the links below:
 

Resources

GENERAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Ohio Department of Health | coronavirus.ohio.gov
This website is updated daily and provides helpful tips on preventing infectious disease, educational videos, and news releases with updates from the Department of Health and the Ohio Governor’s Office, and more.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

Please be advised that on Sunday, March 22, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, issued a director’s order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. On Thursday, April 2, Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton announced that this order will be extended until May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state.

For more information, visit the links below:

Read the Stay at Home order
Stay at Home order information sheet
Stay at Home order FAQs
Find contact information for local health departments

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | cdc.gov
The CDC’s website has many resources, including information specifically for schools, businesses, healthcare professionals, and travelers. Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 provides interim guidance for event organizers.


NATIONAL RESOURCES

Americans for the Arts: COVID-19 Resource and Response Center | americansforthearts.org
Americans for the Arts has developed a 
hub of information that includes valuable links to funding/grant opportunities throughout the country. It also features a link to a five-minute economic impact survey aiming to “capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers triumphed and survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses.”

NEW: Americans for the Arts released a dashboard that shows data collected from the organization's ongoing economic impact survey. Using this tool, you can view  data at a national level, as well as localized state and ZIP code data. View the dashboard here.

Arts Midwest | artsmidwest.org
Regional arts organization Arts Midwest has assembled a page of resources that includes links to the websites of public health departments in the Arts Midwest region (which includes Ohio), a list of resources for arts and culture organizations, and answers to questions from recipients of Arts Midwest grants.

CARES Act Resource for Individuals and Nonprofits (provided by Independent Sector) | independentsector.org
Independent Sector has put together a guide that helps individuals, small nonprofits, and large nonprofits understand various components of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including eligibility criteria, timelines, how nonprofits can apply for relief funds, how individuals can navigate expanded unemployment insurance, and more.

National Endowment for the Arts | arts.gov
The National Endowment for the Arts offers COVID-19 resources for artists and arts organizations, as well as a list of updates and frequently asked questions for applicants and grantees of its programs.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Low-Interest Loans | SBA.gov/Disaster
Nonprofits and small businesses in Ohio are eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans of up to $2 million through the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The loans may be used by Ohio nonprofits and small business owners to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid because of the coronavirus pandemic's impact. The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75 percent. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. To keep payments affordable, the loans are long term, with up to 30 years for repayment. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on each borrower's ability to repay.

NEW: The federal CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, provides additional assistance for small business owners and nonprofits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For more information on the advance, how to apply, and other SBA assistance in response to the coronavirus, visit sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19


FOR NONPROFITS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

American Alliance of Museums | aam-us.org
AAM offers a directory of resources compiled to assist museums in internal and external preparations relating to COVID-19.

ArtsReady | artsready.org
ArtsReady is an online emergency preparedness service that collects and shares resources that help arts and cultural nonprofits plan for and respond to a crisis. ArtsReady published a newsletter detailing actionable steps for preparing for the potential impact of COVID-19,
which can be viewed here.

DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland | devosinstitute.umd.edu
The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland announced on March 24, 2020, that it will offer pro bono consultations to U.S.-based arts and culture nonprofits. Interested organizations can submit a request for support in order to schedule one hour of free consultation with the Institute between March and June 2020. 

League of American Orchestras | americanorchestras.org
The League of American Orchestras provides a page that includes travel considerations for musicians and orchestras, funding resources for communities impacted by the coronavirus, and sample communications that can be tailored to convey important messaging regarding program rescheduling and wellness precautions.

Local and National Resources for Nonprofit Organizations (compiled by Janus Small Associates) | janussmallassociates.com
Janus Small Associates, based in Cleveland, provides a list of local and national resources, including emergency funds, loans, grants, and credits, for nonprofits and community organizations.

National Council of Nonprofits | councilofnonprofits.org
The National Council of Nonprofits highlights key provisions of the federal CARES Act and explains how these impact the nonprofit sector.

North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents: Coronavirus FAQs | napama.org
NAPAMA has put together a list of frequently asked questions relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts field. The site will be updated regularly as more information becomes available and includes a list to additional resources for agents, managers, and self-represented artists.

Ohio Museums Association's COVID-19 Response Resources for Museums | ohiomuseums.org
The Ohio Museums Association has created a list of resources for both museums and museum professionals. In addition to a list of Ohio community foundations that are offering COVID-19 emergency response funds, OMA has also started a guide to Ohio museums that are offering virtual programming.

 

FOR ARTISTS

Arts Administrators of Color | aacnetwork.org
AAC has compiled a page to share ways to connect through Facebook groups and other virtual meet-and-greets, links to access available resources, and information on the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, which is currently accepting donations and applications.

Artists Thrive | artiststhrive.org
Artists Thrive has compiled resources, tools, and opportunities for artists and those who work with artists. In addition to links to various funding sources and grants, the Artist Thrive COVID-19 page includes tips for self care and opportunities to engage in digital creative prompts and challenges.

Alliance of Artists Communities | artistcommunities.org
The Alliance of Artists Communities' Emergency Relief Programs page offers support to artist residencies and artists as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The web page includes links to resources, including emergency funds, grants, and programs.

Capacity Interactive | ideas.capacityinteractive.com
Capacity Interactive, which provides digital marketing consulting for the arts, has put together a guide to specific digital marketing suggestions that show how you can maintain a presence on social media, in your audience's inbox, and online
even when in-person plans change.

CERF+ | cerfplus.org
CERF+ calls itself "the artists safety net," and it has put together a page dedicated to helping artists and organizations find assistance as they respond to COVID-19. CERF+ also wants to hear from studio-based artists to learn more about the challenges they are facing in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Responses can be submitted in the COVID-19 national impact survey

COVID-19 Resources for Freelance Artists | covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com
This site is specifically designed for freelance artists seeking free preparedness resources, links to online platforms, temporary/remote employment opportunities, financial relief options., and more. The website also features a link to a recorded panel discussion, "Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic," which highlights more best practices for freelance artists and independent contractors as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Creative Capital | creative-capital.org
Creative Capital has developed a list of resources, including emergency relief funds and grants, for artists working in all disciplines, arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. They will continue to update this page and provide links to additional resources as they become available.

 

WEBINARS

Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences webinar | apap365.org
The Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences hosted a free webinar that virtually gathered presenters, agents, artists, and legal and emergency response experts to discuss navigating crises and sustaining healthy relationships in the performing arts presenting, booking, and touring industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

NEW: Americans for the Arts CARES Act webinar | April 8, 2020, at 3 p.m. | artsu.americansforthearts.org
In this webinar, Americans for the Arts Government Affairs staff and guests will lay out the various pieces of legislation included in the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and how it pertains to the arts sector. Register for "How the CARES Act Supports the Arts Sector" here.

Association of Teaching Artists' COVID-19 Community Conversation webinar | teachingartists.com
View a free recording of the Association of Teaching Artists' COVID-19 Community Conversation. This presentation discusses topics relevant to teaching artists, such as contingency planning, best practices for modifying teaching during a public health crisis, and working options for teaching artists.

NEW: Dexibit coronavirus webinars | dexibit.com
Dexibit, a software company that serves visitor attractions such as museums; galleries; zoos; and other arts, cultural, and entertainment destinations and organizations around the world, hosts webinars that share COVID-19 response resources and strategies for managing visitor attractions and retaining audiences through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event Safety Alliance webinar | eventsafetyalliance.org
The Event Safety Alliance has made a recording of its free "Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak" available to watch at the link above. This presentation aims to help increase understanding of the COVID-19 situation and encourage the development of continuity plans and crisis management processes.

NEW: National Guild for Community Arts Education | nationalguild.org
The National Guild for Community Arts Education has a COVID-19 resource page that includes links to ongoing webinar series focusing on themes such as "Transitioning Arts Programming for Shelter in Place Audiences" and "Human-Centered Approaches in a Time of Crisis." The page also includes opportunities for virtual engagement through general and specific Facebook and Slack groups and video-enabled "Community Conversations."

Theatre Communications Group: Coronavirus Preparedness Webinar | vimeo.com/396031559
Visit the link above to watch a free replay of the Theatre Communications Group’s webinar, which discusses resources for preparedness for theatres by touching on topics such as insurance, budgeting, and outbreak prevention.

 

WEB PAGE UPDATE LOG (Updated 04/02/20 at 3 p.m.)

Web Page Update Log

April 2, 2020, 3 p.m. - The page was updated to include additional links in the "Resources" section.

April 1, 2020, 4 p.m. - The "Resources" section of the page was updated to include additional information about assistance available to small businesses and nonprofits provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

March 31, 2020, 1 p.m. - The page was updated to include more information and links to resources about the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. These changes were made in the "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Resources" sections.

March 31, 2020, 11:30 a.m. - The page was updated to include additional information about the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in the "Resources" section.

March 30, 2020, 9:20 a.m. - The page was updated to include information about the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section.

March 25, 2020, 2:15 p.m. - The page was updated to include additional links in the "Resources" section.

March 24, 2020, 2:05 p.m. - The page was updated to include the extended deadlines for Sustainability and SASO off-year updates. This information is reflected as an "Agency Update" and in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section. The "Resources" section was reorganized for improved readability and additional links were added.

March 23, 2020, 1:20 p.m. - This page was updated to include information and links related to the Ohio Department of Health's Stay at Home order.

March 20, 2020, 10:45 a.m. - This page was updated to include information and links related to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Low-Interest Loans and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website in the "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Resources" sections. Other funding and preparedness resources were also added to the "Resources" section.

March 18, 2020, 5 p.m. - This page was updated to include information about the rescheduling of the Ohio Teaching Artist Roster Professional Development Day, originally planned for April 2 in Wooster, Ohio. The change is reflected in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section. Additional links were added to the "Resources" section. 

March 17, 2020, 4:40 p.m. - The page was updated to include information in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section about the status of events listed in the Ohio Arts Council's Festival Directory. 

March 16, 2020, 3:35 p.m. - All references to "mass gatherings" on this page have been updated to state that a "mass gathering" is defined in the Ohio Department of Health order as "an event that includes 50 or more people convening in a single space at the same time."

March 16, 2020, 1 p.m. - The page was updated to include new information regarding the postponement of the 2020 Arts Impact Ohio Conference in Akron.

March 16, 2020, 12:15 p.m. - New information regarding the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery's hours of operation was added to the "Frequently Asked Questions" section. Additional links were added to the "Resources" section.

March 13, 2020, 4:25 p.m. - The page was updated to include the Ohio Arts Council's announcement that the agency has begun proactively issuing partial payments for nearly all current FY 2020 operating and project support grants that have not already received them. Additional links were also added to the "Resources" section.

March 12, 2020, 6 p.m. - The "Resources" section was updated to include a link to the Ohio Department of Health's order prohibiting mass gatherings in Ohio. Answers to questions regarding events that have received Ohio Arts Council funding have been updated to reflect the content of the order. 

March 12, 2020, 4 p.m. - The "Frequently Asked Questions" section was updated with new guidance for scheduling meetings with Ohio Arts Council staff.

March 12, 2020, 9:51 a.m. - A web page update log section was added. Links to the Association of Teaching Artists' COVID-19 Community Conversation webinar; the League of American Orchestras' coronavirus page; the Event Safety Alliance's "Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Outbreak" webinar; and ArtsReady's emergency preparedness newsletter were added to the resources list.

March 11, 2020, 10 a.m. - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates, FAQs, and Resources page created and published.