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Friday, May 21 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
2 PM ET: Once Upon a Pandemic: Tracking Artists and Arts Managers During the COVID-19 global pandemic

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For each of the world’s great pandemics, historians have tracked the impact on society at large, centered usually on leading powerful figures, and large group dynamics. Very little is known, before the 16th century, of the direct impact of these global health catastrophes on artists, and even less on arts managers. This project began early in March 2020 as a way to capture the voices and experiences of artists and arts managers worldwide as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world. Through interviews, web searches, media tracking, and participation in public discussion fora, we created a database tracking the evolution of thoughts and actions of artists and arts managers from the beginning of the pandemic. Although our project was conceived initially as a way to record the impact of the pandemic on artists and arts managers, a preliminary analysis of our data has shown us that the sector underwent a series of distinct phases. This paper a) presents our database tool, b) explains how we constructed (and continue to contrast it), and c) shares preliminary findings over the course of one year of data tracking.
The paper is relevant to the following conference themes and questions:
Reconnect- What is the "new normal" now?
Renew- Post 2020: A new arts world
- Surviving and thriving
- Creativity during isolation

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Ximena Varela

President, Association of Arts Administration Educators, Director, Arts Management Program at American University
Ximena Varela is a researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in arts management curricular design (both on campus and online), museum management, international cultural policy, management practice, marketing strategy, arts management research, and... Read More →

Friday May 21, 2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
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