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AcA offers resources for artists and families

Posted at 12:35 PM, Mar 24, 2020

Their doors are closed, but the Acadiana Center for the Arts is working (remotely!) to offer assistance and resources to the arts and cultural community. They're also offering their award-winning PACE program online for families with children at home.

They're curating groups dedicated to performing arts [] and visual arts [] through social media, and will continue to share new ways of connecting with art and community—if remotely, for the time being.

"We encourage everyone to remember in these times of isolation to invest yourself in art, music, creative expression, and the people who provide it. We are privileged to serve this community, as one that is bound together and made resilient by its culture," a release states.

Here are some resources:

PACE: In response to school closures, AcA is taking one of its most distinguished in-school programs and adapting it for remote learning. Now kids in grades K-2 can enjoy arts-integrated learning activities led by AcA's teaching artists from the comfort of home. Click here to view the PACE Online on YouTube Channel. []

New PACE Online lessons will be added every weekday at 10am for each age group. Receive these videos and more tools for families by joining AcA's Arts-in-Education Facebook group [].

COVID-19 Louisiana Art Field Survey: The Louisiana Division of the Arts and AcA are conducting a survey of the current health crisis' impact on the cultural economy. AcA strongly encourages artists, musicians, arts organizations—anyone whose creative livelihood is tied to arts and culture—to complete the short survey.

AcA and our partners will use the data to direct initatives for emergency relief and recovery. Click here to take the survey. []

Lost My Gig Fund: With the sudden and immediate cancellation of large and small events in Acadiana, many local musicians that make a living primarily from playing music are in a financial crisis. AcA is partnering with Social Entertainment to raise money by March 31 to provide immediate and direct support for musicians in Lafayette Parish who have lost gigs due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

If you are a music lover looking to support, check out the information on this donation page []. If you're a musician looking for support, see the link for instructions on how to apply.