The April 2020 Report

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Angela Merkel and Germany’s culture minister Monika Grütters, photo: Christian Marquardt/Getty ImagesGermany has rolled out a staggering €50 billion aid package for small businesses that boosts artists and galleries and puts other countries to shame. “Artists are not only indispensable, but also vital, especially now,” said the country’s culture minister, Monika Grütters. The German federal government is stepping in with a sweeping aid package for the country’s creative and cultural sectors. According to a press release shared by the ministry of culture, a phenomenal €50 billion (US$54 billion) in backing will be provided specifically to small businesses and freelancers, including those from the cultural, creative, and media sectors.

“We know the hardships, we know the desperation,” said Grütters in the statement. “The cultural sector in particular is characterized by a high proportion of self-employed people who now have problems with their livelihoods.” She said that the federal government is “wholly aware” of the importance of the creative industries, adding that “help is coming as quickly and with as little bureaucracy as possible!” Read the full article[16] from artnetnews.

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Courtesy of designboomdesignboom welcomes submissions of work, including jewelry, for publication on its website, saying, “Society today depends on cultural discourse. Through designboom’s reader submissions, creatives and makers—regardless of place, position or prestige; religion, nationality, or gender—are invited to communicate their work to a huge, international audience. This horizontal distribution of information means that cultural conversations are developed directly by our readers, and do not follow any fixed hierarchical systems or chains of command.” Priority is given to submissions that haven’t been featured online before, which grants designboom a few days of online exclusivity. This appears to be free; artists don’t appear to be paid for the content. Get more information.[17]

JEWELRY IN THE NEWS

Photo courtesy of J. weeklyBay Area artist Aimee Golant has long been known for her jewelry and Judaica, but her recent work has sent her in a new direction: trying to bridge the gap between Orthodox Jews and the non-Orthodox. As The Jewish News of Northern California reports, Golant, an AJF member, recently told J. weekly, “One of my driving goals is to create more peace in the world. And in going out of our community to share Judaism, I suddenly realized I needed to turn toward our community, to heal some of the polarity there.”

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