Craft Alliance Atlantic and our craft industry partners in Atlantic Canada are working to advocate to both the federal and provincial governments on behalf of the craft community in response to the current COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 crisis has hit Atlantic Canada and has created the need for emergency measures to be implemented; from the closure of craft organizations, craft shops, craft centres, galleries and exhibitions, as well as markets and trade shows. The craft community is being hit hard by this global event.
Following the lead of the Canada Council for the Arts and their suggestion to artists across the country to maintain documentation of losses of revenue due to COVID-19, we have developed templates to help craftspeople and organizations track their losses during this challenging time. We will additionally be collecting estimates from artists across the region to present to our government funding agencies as part of our efforts to lobby for financial relief for the sector.
Please follow the link below to read our full statement about COVID-19, in coordination with the provincial and regional craft councils across Atlantic Canada, and to access download files for the documentation templates as well as a list of other resources aimed at supporting the craft community in the wake of this global pandemic.
Full statement available: https://craftalliance.ca/covid-19/