Comparative Policy of the Response to COVID-19

This virtual study group (VSG) focused on how COVID-19 has disrupted arts and culture research and policy.

Date: June 17, 2020

CRN hosted two VSGs over two days. Diversity/Equity/Inclusion and COVID-19: Options for Cultural Research and Public Funding occurred on June 16th.


Cultural researchers, arts agencies, arts organizations, and artists around the globe are grappling with the COVID-19 crisis, how it is affecting the arts field now, and how it will change the future of the field. As an international forum for cultural research practices, CRN is convening the collective brain power of the network to discuss topics relevant to the crisis. Objectives for this conversation are to allow for shared learning, to understand challenges, to share relevant research, and to provide ideas for future research.

How are different nations implementing policies in response to COVID that serve artists and arts organizations? Michael Rushton (Indiana State University) moderated this conversation, with Jackie Bailey (BYP Group) and Christen Cornell (Australia Council for the Arts) joining Michael and attendees as discussants in bringing expertise and questions to this session.


Please view notes from the discussion here.


Panel Bios

Jackie Bailey is the founder and Principal of BYP Group and has 18 years’ experience in the Australian government and non-profit sectors. She has worked in executive policy and research roles for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Health and Ageing and the Australia Council for the Arts. In her research and evaluation work, Jackie uses a combination of desk research and literature reviews, qualitative interviews, focus groups, questionnaires and surveys. She has interviewed hundreds of people over the course of numerous evaluations and research projects. She has also worked extensively with statistical reports and designing data collections and evaluative frameworks. Jackie is also a writer of creative fiction and non-fiction.

Christen Cornell is a Researcher, Writer and Project Manager. Her primary areas of research include cultural studies, cultural policy, Inter-Asia cultural studies and urban studies, while more recently she has become engaged in applied research on the social and cultural impacts of investment in the arts. Currently, she is the Research Fellow and Manager of Research Partnerships at the Australia Council for the Arts, while also holding a position as Honorary Associate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. 

Michael Rushton (@RushtonIU) is Professor, and Director of Arts Administration Programs, at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has published work on various aspects of arts economics, management, law and policy. He is the Editor of Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development (Brookings Institution, 2013) and the Author of Strategic Pricing for the Arts (Routledge, 2014). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia.