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Be An #ArtsHero Plans Arts Workers Unite | Labor Day of Action

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • September 1, 2020

The intersectional grassroots movement Be An #ArtsHero, is planning demonstrations to take place on Labor Day, September 7, 2020 in support of emergency relief for arts workers idled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The demonstrations are scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. local time to each demonstration.

The Be An #ArtsHero campaign aims to get the U.S. Senate to pass emergency Arts relief with its nationwide Day of Action called Arts Workers Unite, calling for proportionate relief to the Arts & Culture sector.

Across the country, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Arts Workers will assemble to call on their Senators to advocate for Arts & Culture Workers and institutions. These demonstrations will include Arts workers singing “Will I?” from the musical Rent , giving voice to the millions of unemployed Arts Workers and suffering Arts Institutions that have been left out of the Federal relief conversation.

The largest (socially distanced and masked) demonstration will take place in Times Square in New York City, where Broadway luminaries will join. A dynamic and diverse cross-section of 100 New York Arts Workers will briefly assemble in Times Square to sing “Will I?” from Rent. The song’s pointed questions ‘Will I lose my dignity? Will someone care. Will I wake tomorrow from this nightmare?” will be followed by 100 seconds of silence: a second for each U.S. Senator. Participation is STRICTLY limited to 100 participants for symbolic and safety reasons. This event is endorsed by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

In addition to Times Square, demonstrations will be held at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., and in front of Senators’ offices in all 50 states. Also, The Be An #ArtsHero Team will host a series of Instagram Live broadcasts with Arts Workers, Celebrities, and Arts Institutions throughout the day demonstrating how easy and important it is to call a Senator and ask for support.

The day will culminate in a streamed panel—The Ghostlight Panel: Changing The Conversation About The Creative Economy. This panel takes place at 8:00 p.m. EDT, discussing the socioeconomic impact of the Arts & Culture sector in the United States. Confirmed panelists include: Annaleigh Ashford (Tony Award-winning Actor/Singer), Peter Marks (Chief Theatre Critic, Washington Post), Nataki Garrett (Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Michael Seman (Co-author of Brookings Institution’s Lost Art: Measuring Covid-19’s Devastating Impact on America’s Creative Economy), Kenney M. Green (Producing Artistic Director, Depot Theatre/Musician/Nightlife Entertainer), and Nikkole Salter (Chair of Political Engagement Committee, Dramatists Guild/Obie Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated Actor and Playwright).

Be An #ArtsHero Labor Day of Action will be held on Monday, September 7, 2020, starting at 8:00 a.m.

You can follow the action online: @BeAnArtsHero1 on Twitter; @BeAnArtsHero on Instagram, and Facebook Live;

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