Helping Hands | June 3rd, 2021 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET
Helping Hands
A newsletter to help you make decisions
during and after the COVID-19 crisis
Resources for WFEA & ASSET Members
Port Angeles’ Juan de Fuca Festival seeks
applicants for Executive Director position
Applications due tomorrow! Life has many twists and turns and it is time for our current Executive Director, Kayla Oakes, to move in another direction. Kayla will remain at the helm through the 2021 Juan de Fuca Festival and continues to be deeply supportive of the organization and community.

Bellevue is recruiting for a
full-time Arts Community Manager
From City of Bellevue

Bellevue is recruiting for a full-time Arts Community Manager to help us grow the capacity in our arts & cultural ecosystem. The manager will help our creative organizations navigate the end of the pandemic and build for the future as we see an increasing demand for creative experiences from residents, workers, and visitors.

Canon sues Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
over requested refund for sponsorship

After the pandemic shutdown the 2020 Balloon Fiesta, now one of the annual event’s major sponsors is suing for a refund. Best known for making cameras, Canon is seeking reimbursement of $250,000 and accusing the Fiesta of violating the terms of a three-year endorsement deal.

Sequim’s ‘George Washington’ selected
for Independence Day event
From Peninsula Daily News

This July, the Sequim resident will head east to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, where he will portray Washington during Independence Day weekend, July 3-4.

Concert Packing Guide: What to Bring to
Your First Music Festival Post-Covid
From Rolling Stone

Concert venues and live music festivals are slowly returning, but safety measures mean a few changes to what you can bring. Here’s what to pack for your first post-vaccinated concert.

CDC’s new rules create big headache
for Disney’s theme park operations
From Theme Park Insider

While it's great news that science has confirmed that vaccinated people can gather in public without masks without danger of spreading Covid-19, unvaccinated people remain at risk. That creates a challenge for any responsible business - including theme parks - that welcomes people from both the vaccinated and unvaccinated communities.

As pandemic wanes, event organizers
plan for return of many Chicago festivals

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that Lollapalooza will return at fully capacity July 29-Aug. 1. The massive fest was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic.

Local organizers welcomed the news as they plan their own events.

America’s unmasking brings liberation
but also trepidation as questions loom
From CNN

Americans stripped off their masks Thursday as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the sudden announcement that vaccinated people no longer need to wear them indoors or outdoors. It was a great moment of liberation after a year of intense stress and fear, but also one of trepidation for many as the policy created a whole new set of complex questions for parents, employers, business owners and the millions of Americans who are still hesitant to get shots.

Uneven vaccination rates across US
linked to coronavirus case trends 
From CNN

Vaccination rates across the United States are uneven -- a worrisome trend that could obstruct efforts to end the Covid-19 pandemic. Rates range from more than 78% of adults in Vermont with at least one vaccine to less than 45% of adults in Mississippi.

COVID-19 booster shot will likely 
be needed within a year: Fauci
From CNN

A booster Covid-19 vaccine for people who have already been vaccinated may be needed as soon as eight to 12 months after their second shot, according to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

King County Creative Handbook:
The Event Community's Complete Guide
It is a critical time to slow the spread of COVID-19, support our medical system, and save lives. It’s also a critical moment for the creative community as individuals, organizations, and businesses. And we’re all working to adapt and move forward in the new reality.

This handbook is being rapidly updated to bring together resources to take care of yourself and your family; to support the arts and culture community; and to prepare for recovery.

Follow University of Washington
“Chris Murray” COVID-19 Model
Referenced in a White House press briefing as the “Chris Murray Model,” IHME’s COVID-19 projections show demand for hospital services and peak numbers of COVID-19 deaths and cases. 

Washington State’s Whipsmart Resource List
Whipsmart, a new creative economy-focused nonprofit that gives creative professionals the tools they need to succeed, has assembled a resource list that provides a comprehensive list of resources for creatives that will be updated in real time by a dedicated staff member to ensure that the information is timely and relevant. 

This is our 35th issue of “Helping Hands,” a newsletter designed to include articles that might help you with your decision making during COVID-19.

If you have story ideas, please let us know, as we’d like to share how you’re dealing with the crisis in future issues.
Helping Hands | June 3rd, 2021 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET