Understanding the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Culture
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Understanding the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Culture

In partnership with Arts Council of Windsor & Essex, Workforce WindsorEssex and Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, a survey has been developed to obtain information regarding the financial impact of COVID-19 on the region’s creative work force.

“Artists, makers and creators give us the stories, works and experiences that shape our city. Like everyone right now, they are facing extreme challenges. With venues closed and large gatherings on hold, local artists have had to adapt and find creative ways to connect with audiences. This survey will help us understand the real impact of COVID-19 on our regional cultural community and will help inform recovery efforts down the road. Since the start of the global pandemic, I’ve been encouraging everyone to support this sector any way we can – participate in an online art class, purchase work from your favourite artist, donate the value of a show or experience back to the artist or group, share resources online, purchase gift cards, participate in live streams, share stories about what you love about Windsor’s creative community. And now, as many gradually begin to reopen sites, please visit and explore.”
—Mayor Drew Dilkens

The cultural community of Windsor and region has been hard hit through the pandemic. With restaurants, store fronts, performance venues and the border closed, creative workers are facing a significant loss of employment.

While none of us know how long these public health measures will be in place, we want to be understand how short- to long-term COVID-19 related closures and cancellations will impact your ability to stay afloat, at home and in your business or organization.

We know there are many surveys circulating. The more information we’re able to compile, the better we will be able to understand the regional economic impact on our cultural community. The data collected will be confidential and will only be reported in an anonymous and aggregated form.

Please complete the survey, open until August 7, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

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