We held our first Member Monday Virtual Meet-Up on May 4th, 2020!
The first meeting discussed how a ‘Public Art Gallery Relief Fund” could help institutions during the COVID-19 crisis.
The discussion focused on funding needed for survival, adaptation, and the digital.
Funding needs to focus on Survival and Adaptation, however, survival means something different to various institutions. Survival in the future for galleries will heavily depend on their ability to go digital and adapt to new health and safety protocols.
Many institutions were not equipped to go digital before the COVID crisis, and already working with ‘obsolete’ technology. Funds for equipment would significantly help the sector move towards being able to engage with each other and with their audiences. Digitization of collections is also difficult, and showcasing these collections.
Galleries won’t be adapting to the ‘new normal’, they will be adapting to the ‘next normal’. The path after COVID will not be linear, and they will need support when they begin to reopen their institution. New health and safety protocols such as plexiglass, gloves, and masks will be required but how will galleries equip themselves? How will they dispose of medical waste
Retaining volunteers is crucial but also proven difficult during these times. Many volunteers do not have the technology or knowledge to facilitate virtual programming. This leaves galleries to wonder how will they engage and retain volunteers?
We ask you, what components of a prospective Public Art Gallery Relief Fund would best help your institution? Do you need relief in:
Infrastructure (Facility Maintenance, Care of Collections, etc)?