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Dial Back at ECRAC

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The ECRAC Office is open by appointment only.

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With the rising public health concerns and cases in Region 7E of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is committed to the health and wellness of our constituents, panelists, board members, and employees.

We are paying close attention to the national and local news about COVID-19, so that we can stay informed and provide a supportive, responsive, and safe environment for our community.

What is COVID-19?
According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are estimated to cause about a third of all cases of the common cold.  COVID-19 is a strand of the coronavirus causing respiratory illnesses that have not been found in people before. Because COVID-19 is so new, there is much unknown about the virus, and currently no vaccination to prevent or cure it.

The minute-by-minute updates can raise awareness but can also cause anxiety and fear- not just about the virus, but about who may have it and is spreading the disease. It is important to remember that COVID-19 is not racially or culturally specific.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most vulnerable populations are the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

What we know about COVID-19 in Minnesota
As of this morning, 82 people have been tested and there are 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), both cases are travel-related. The first case was confirmed to have, “no community exposure concerns” meaning the person self-quarantined to prevent any spread of the virus. They were reported to be “stable, at home, and doing well.” The second case is still under investigation. Testing is ongoing including people residing in East Central Minnesota.

What is ECRAC doing?

Currently ECRAC is following Governor Walz's orders and we are temporarily closed again until December 18, 2020, at least.  We are hopeful that COVID-19 will be contained soon, so we can get back to our daily lives!

We are also working our regular hours - remotely!  All grant information sessions, grant deadlines, and meetings are online.  We have initiated an easy grant to assist constituents: Artists Resiliency Grant and Resiliency Grant for Arts Organizations 

We are here for questions or to talk. Regular grant deadlines and grant payments continue.

 

Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. We at ECRAC will continue to do our best to respond accordingly and proactively.  

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March 11, 2020
Watch here for additional resources.  We will add them as available. - updated April 30, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for the Arts    What is COVID-19?
March 10, 2020
ECRAC is temporarily closed again as of November 20, 2020, however, staff is available and working remotely.  Call or email us for assistance or any questions you have. The Minnesota arts community is using Springboard for the Arts' to…
March 5, 2020
Today, March 5, 2020, from noon to 6 pm the Regional Arts Council Grant Program office hours will be at the Anoka Ramsey Community College in Cambridge, MN!
February 21, 2020
The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is pleased to announce 3 funding opportunities!  ECRAC has funding available for artists of all ages, and for non-profit arts organizations, with an application deadline of …
February 19, 2020
On February 18, 2020, the East Central Regional Arts Council Board of Directors allocated almost $15,000 in grants to artists, an art organization, and schools.  These grants are for the creation and production of arts activities that will…
February 7, 2020
Two projects in Chisago County and two in Isanti County will bring music and art to the area!
November 25, 2019
On November 19, 2019, the East Central Regional Arts Council Board of Directors allocated grants in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to an artist, arts organization, schools, non-profit institutions and a public agency for the creation and…
November 18, 2019
At the office in Hinckley or throughout Region 7E! Meet with ECRAC Staff: In-Office Hours, Remote Office Locations & Grant Info Sessions
September 26, 2019
Join us as we celebrate the new East Central Regional Arts Council Office and Gallery in Hinckley! We are also honoring the 10 year anniversary of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund! Open House September 28, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.…