Arts Groups, Facing Their Own Virus Crisis, Get a Piece of the Stimulus

By Julia Jacobs
Estimating a $100 million shortfall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is pushing for substantial government support for arts nonprofits in the upcoming stimulus package.Credit...Ashley Gilbertson for The New York Times
The so-called coronavirus curve is far from flat, but for many of the country’s arts organizations, revenue certainly is. Ticket sales are practically nonexistent. So, like other sectors of the economy, arts organizations have been turning to local and federal taxpayers for help, trying to make the case that American culture needs a bailout, too. The $2 trillion federal stimulus deal, which was approved by the Senate on Wednesday.... includes $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $75 million.... Another $50 million was designated to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which distributes funds to museums and libraries. [More]