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How Creative Workers Can Help Idaho Get Through The Coronavirus Crisis

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A dancer attends rehearsals at the Cincinnati Ballet studios, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Cincinnati.


The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting every facet of our lives. With a recession on the horizon and unemployment through the roof, the survival of entire sectors of the economy are now at risk. Arts organizations and other creative businesses like restaurants and tech startups are facing challenges similar to the 2008 Great Recession.  

Boisean John Michael Schert says now is the time to lean on creative folks to get through the crisis. He studies the relationship between arts, business and innovation. As a former professional dancer, Schert taught classes at the University of Chicago's business school that combined artistry and social entrepreneurship. Schert joins Idaho Matters to share his understanding of how to move forward from this historic crisis. 


As COVID-19 cases spread through the U.S. and Idaho, we’re committed to keeping you updated and informed. You can get updated info on cases, closures and how to stay healthy at any time on our Coronavirus news blog.


Idaho Matters is working on a story about how families are dealing with school closures during the coronavirus outbreak. Parents: What do your days look like now? Are you creating structure, or are you letting your kids have an extended spring break? Kids: What do you like about being at home, and what do you miss about school and being with your friends? Using your smartphone, please send us a voice memo with your family. Tell us about your daily routine, or about what your’e doing to stay distracted or learning. Send the voice memo to idahomatters@boisestate.edu. We might use your message in an upcoming show.


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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.

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