Webinars & Reopening Guidelines

Please review this daily updated list of Webinars and Reopening Guidelines  June 5, 2020

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Tues. June 9, 12pm
Reopening CT Arts Venues – Science Based Safety: Risk Reduction Planning and Air Handling
Drs. Sten Vermund and Krystal Pollitt will offer arts organizations, venues, staff and boards science-based guidance on risk-reduction planning, air handling, and maintenance. This state-wide convening offers clarity, practical scientific advice, and an opportunity for you to ask questions related to your risk reduction strategies. Public health scholars will offer advice on when and how to open leading to consumer confidence and ensuring success and long-term viability.


Tues. June 9, 12pm
Going Virtual, Part 2: How to plan your fall events
With apprehension around large gatherings, nonprofits have canceled the majority of in-person fundraising events this year. However, fundraising events are often a big source of donations for nonprofits, requiring them to come up with new, creative ways to hold events online and effectively engage supporters. Patrick Schmitt, the Co-CEO of FreeWill, will be joined by special guest, Tiffany Parnes, the Director of Capital Campaigns and Special Events at Perry Davis Associates. They’ll discuss tips and strategies that nonprofits can use to plan effective, virtual fall fundraising events.


Tues. June 9, 3pm
SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Issues for Museums and Libraries
The Institute of Museum and Library Services will host its second Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) webinar Tuesday, June 9 at 3:00 PM featuring Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Development Coordinator Noah Brod to discuss the SBA’s and the Treasury Department’s recent interim final rule providing guidance on aspects of the loan forgiveness process, with a focus on the issues most relevant to museum and library communities.


Wed. June 10, 3pm
Working with Your Board During a Crisis
Working effectively with boards is especially important during times of crisis. Join Cathy Fields, Irene Rodriguez, and Norman Burns as they discuss how they have been working with their boards to tackle the every-changing challenges of the current pandemic. They will discuss the importance of communication, adaptability, and the changing dynamics of how to govern properly moving forward.  An AASLH Conversation


Tues. June 16, 11am
Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPP) Clarification Guidance
TANGO presents Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina (FML)’s Amber Tucker, Director of Assurance & Advisory Services and Bill Claffey, Partner Tax Services, as they discuss the next steps for nonprofits who have been approved for the Paycheck Protection Program Loan. Topics addressed include, but are not limited too: Approval parameters; Bank obligations around forgiveness; The newly released information from SBA; Specific reporting and compliance requirements.


Thurs. July 23, 2pm:
Digital-first events are the new normal. Are you prepared?” 
Join us for VIRTUALIZED, a special live online event designed to prepare you for our digital-first future. Kicking off with a special live keynote webinar featuring leading experts in webinar and experiential marketing, it’s followed by a 5-part on-demand webinar certification course that will teach you how to build amazing digital experiences for your audience that engage across the entire customer journey. Hosted by ON24.


Notable Recorded Webinars

ProBono Partnership
Getting Back to Work: Considerations for Returning to the Workplace After COVID-19 Shut Downs
Though it is still not clear when most nonprofits in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York will be able to open, we know that when they do, it will not be business as usual. Please join us for a complimentary webinar as we discuss some of the issues nonprofits will likely face when they are able to reopen their doors. Topics include: Staffing Considerations; Remote Work; Social Distancing; Safety Protocols; Leaves of Absence/Requests for Time Off; Testing Protocols.




CT Office of the Arts & CT Arts Alliance:
Arts & Culture Industry Guidelines for Operating During COVID-19
These guidelines are key considerations to help creative organizations make decisions about operations and programming while the pandemic persists. These guidelines are designed to aid organizations as they plan to reopen in accordance with the guidelines of both state and federal government. These guidelines are not intended to be exhaustive or comprehensive in scope and not every consideration will apply to every organization. In addition, we encourage you to use these guidelines as the foundation for your work moving forward. Feel free to adapt to the needs of your specific organization.

CT Department of Economic & Community Development
Small Business Reopening Guide
The guide provides a starting point for resources to help small businesses in the reopening process, and will be updated as new information and guidance become available.

Reopening Decision Trees

The purpose of this tool is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.


American Alliance of Museums
Considerations for Museum Reopenings
The American Alliance of Museums recommends that museums build flexible plans for reopening that are regularly reviewed and refined based on the latest science. This guidance is based on the best available information as of publication and is not intended to supersede guidance from public health officials, medical experts, and federal/state/local governments. Museums are encouraged to seek legal and other expert advice on their specific circumstances.

Connecticut Libraries
Roadmap to Re-Opening and Recovery
Connecticut’s Libraries have been closed to the public since Covid-19 impacted Connecticut and Governor Lamont issued the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Executive Order. Most libraries have posted, “Closed until further notice.” We all need to think strategically and plan accordingly about how to return to full service in a safe and healthy manner and in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders and local government directives. Libraries should be nimble in their planning and developing of  scenarios in the event of a virus outbreak flare up requiring quick response.


Event Safety Alliance
Reopening Guide
The Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers. Since there is still insufficient testing, no contact tracing, and no vaccine against COVID-19, this guidance is particularly detailed. The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to reopen first.


American Repertory Theater/Harvard School of Public Health
Roadmap to Recovery
This roadmap is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It outlines factors to consider regarding the general operation of theaters in an effort to reduce the risk of disease transmission, specifically novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The roadmap is not intended as a set of directions. Each theater’s situation is different. Each will need to devise its own plan, based on its particular circumstances and informed by applicable governmental and public health regulations and guidance, other resources and information, and expert advice specific to its situation.

Actors Equity
Four Core Principles Needed to Support Safe and Healthy Theatre Productions
Producing live theatre requires close physical contact that increases risk of transmission among performers, musicians, theater staff and depending on the venue, the audiences. With rare exceptions, theatre performers cannot utilize the most effective forms of disease prevention – physical distancing and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) – to protect themselves from COVID-19.

The source of COVID-19 exposure is individuals infected with the virus. The objective should be that no one involved in the production (and ideally no one in the audience) is infectious. While it is difficult to ensure that no individuals who are shedding virus enter the theater, source elimination must be a primary component of any exposure prevention effort. The success of this approach will depend on development and application of new technologies, improved understanding of the disease and immunity and the state of case tracking and disease prevention in the community. All of these three are improving, but none are at the point where it could be said they are adequate.

Equity is working on a comprehensive program to ensure the safety of its members and others involved in theatre production. However, given the inevitability of members being in close proximity to each other, other workers and audience members, there are a series of considerations that need to be addressed before it will be safe to mount theatrical performances. Presented below are several general considerations that must be addressed before theatrical productions can be launched safely. Once a specific production is being contemplated, extensive additional work will need to be done to further minimize risk of exposure. Actors’ Equity continues to work on recommendations in this area.