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Midwest Artists Stop Creating | Academy Awards Pandemic Style

Andrea Tudhope
The pandemic means some artists have put aside their creative work for jobs that are providing more income.

A new survey reveals one impact the pandemic has had on Midwest artists. Plus, a look at the challenges and opportunities COVID-19 has provided the film industry.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: An Artist Inc. survey revealed that nearly 60% of artists surveyed in the Midwest have experienced a decrease in their production.

COVID-19 has done more than take money out of the pockets of artists. It’s also robbed many of their creative output. We get a breakdown of the bigger picture provided by thesurvey and ask what financial relief has been available for those in the arts.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:27: It’s going to be a different kind of Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday with greater diversity than previous years.

The Film Critics say this year's awarding of the gold statuettes will be "one of the most exciting years in a really long time" as a number of bigger directors held off on releasing films opening the door for smaller films to find screen time. They join Steve Kraske in offering their picks for who will take home the Oscars.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.