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“Be An #Artshero: Arts Workers Unite” Plans Demonstrations on Labor Day

FOH Staff • News • August 27, 2020

NEW YORK – A grass roots movement, “Be An #ArtsHero,” is planning demonstrations to take place on Labor Day, Sept. 7, in support of emergency relief for arts workers idled by the Covid-19 pandemic. Demonstrations are planned across the U.S., with the biggest taking place in NYC’s Times Square.

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What: “Be An #ArtsHero,” an intersectional grassroots campaign to get the U.S. Senate to pass emergency Arts relief, has dedicated Labor Day as a nationwide Day of Action called “Arts Workers Unite,” calling for proportionate relief to the Arts & Culture sector.

Demonstrations: 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. The largest (socially-distanced and masked) demonstration will take place in Times Square, where Broadway luminaries will join. This event is endorsed by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Instagram Live: Arts Workers, institutions, and celebrities will call their Senators on Instagram Live.

“The Ghostlight Panel: Changing The Conversation About The Creative Economy”: the day will culminate in a streamed panel of Arts Workers, Arts leaders, celebrities, and economists discussing the socioeconomic impact of the Arts & Culture sector in the United States.

Who: Arts Workers, Labor Leaders, Arts Organizations, Arts Advocacy Organizations, Arts Charities, Arts Business Leaders. Celebrity participants to be announced next week.

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


Online: @BeAnArtsHero1 on Twitter; @BeAnArtsHero on Instagram and Facebook Live;

Demonstration sites: Times Square, The Capitol Building in Washington D.C., in front of Senators’ offices in all 50 states.

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