Housley co-drafts legislation supporting cultural community rescue grant program

Senator Karin Housley (R-Stillwater) joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers last week to champion legislation that funds the Cultural Communities Rescue Grant program. The proposed legislation would provide one-time credit to help arts and culture groups recover from the lasting effects of Covid.

As a result of Covid, arts and culture organizations in Minnesota lost a total of $2.2 billion in revenue, resulting in over 60,000 layoffs across the industry. This bill would use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to fund grants to the roughly 1,400 nonprofit and cultural organizations in the state that have been impacted by the pandemic.

Arts and cultural organizations have been instrumental for millions of Minnesotans across the state, and sadly amid Covid, 57% of creative workers lost their jobs as theaters closed, museums closed and hearts of our communities stopped in time, ” said Housley, who co-authored the legislation. “I was pleased to join a bipartisan group of lawmakers as we discussed important legislation that revitalizes arts and cultural organizations across the state.”

Grants funded by this legislation would re-employ the thousands of people who have been laid off and provide a springboard for a cornerstone of Minnesota’s economy.

“The arts are so important to our state – not only do they play a key role in our economy, but they bring together diverse people and communities. As the legislative session draws to a close, we must not forget the arts and artists who are woven into the fabric of our communities,” Housley said.

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