Announcing New Blog Series Highlighting the Impact of COVID-19 on Intentionally Marginalized Artists

2020 reinforced just how much we depend on data and storytelling to drive conversation, make decisions, and take action.

Throughout 2020, Americans for the Arts collected data and stories from over 20,000 artists and creative workers across the country whose personal and professional lives were upended by the coronavirus pandemic. What we’ve found has been sobering, such as 95 percent have experienced a loss of income and over 60 percent are unemployed.

Though the crisis rages on, it is important to reflect on how artists and creative workers fared in 2020, and especially emphasize the experiences of those who are and have been intentionally marginalized.

A chart showing data about COVID-19 and Unemployment in Artists & Creative Workers. BIPOC creatives are 69% unemployed and 28% employed, while white creatives are 60% unemployed and 40% employed.

Over the next few months, I will share research highlights in a blog series called The Impact of COVID-19 on Intentionally Marginalized Artists and Creative Workers. This series will delve into the financial, social, and creative impacts of COVID-19, as well as present stories of resiliency, and how artists and creative workers stepped up to help their communities in times of need. Crucially, I will investigate differences in experience based on factors such as race, gender, and disability.

I’m excited to share this series with our members and beyond. If there are specific data points you’re interested in, I’d love to hear from you! Comment below or send an email to ifitzsimons@artsusa.org.