tv Student Cam- Second Prize High School Central CSPAN April 15, 2021 10:03am-10:11am EDT
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winners. oiler second hies high school central win certificate sean baker, a 10th grader from lincoln high school in sioux fall, south dakota, where c-span is avoidable through medco. america's creative economy, the impact of covid-19. >> most of the adult year i ever had. >> it has raised the red flag and said hey, we are not going to make it through this. ♪ >> there was a lot of feedback going on about who is essential and who is not. artists are not essential.
when you think about what those people ended up doing while being stuck at home during this pandemic is they watched, they listened. you can ask anybody what would their life be without art. and they might not realize it would be very hard and empty for them to survive. without it. >> the arts are different. it's a different form of necessity. it's one that you have to use your imagineation a little bit to see what -- imagination a little bit to see what you're getting back from it. ♪ >> if we are listening to music together, our hearts are going to start to beat in sync. the arts do that better than anything else. they help us find each other.
>> cans manyations have taken place at virtually every single arts organization in this country. artists and creative workers are among the most severely affected by the pandemic. if you just look at the financial losses of arts organizations themselves, we are estimating them to be $13.8 billion to date. 99% of organizations have had to cancel something. so effectively all of them had to close the doors a little bit. less than half are opened. what does that mean in terms of people going to an arts event and going through the turnstiles ?
we are estimating 484 million lost admissions to date so far. sews staggering. -- it's staggering. >> it's partly the fact that a lot of states you can't gather at all. it's a law. a lot of the customers that would go to these shows are afraid to go out. they are just not -- it's all of the above. that business just stopped on a dime here. >> i think what happens is it's like i ain't going out there even with a mask. it's not safe. >> the battle of live audiences artist venues have been struggling to hold on. they have been severely impacted financially due to financial performances. the cares act and p.p.p. program didn't work for many artists. the scommat commerce subcommittee mens commenced a hearing for business abouts their business struggles and
issues with the payment protection program. a due to airborne transmissions of covid-19, many states and localities have implemented bans on large gatherings of people. this has placed obviously a tremendous strain on the entertainment sector which relies on the garg of large groups of people for concerts, live sports, plays, comedy shows, movies, and many other forms -- >> there are some performing arts organization that is have opened. you really have to spread people out. and so that's just a challenge to make a business model work. >> we have every single cost associated with running a business. we have no assistance from the government. there is no business that can possibly sustain in restrictions like this. it just didn't economically feasible. it just isn't possible to be able to run a business where all you are doing is spending money. there is no income coming in. >> one of the things we are seeing in america is the need to reimagine how we support a
creative entrepreneurial gig-based work force. the arts are necessary as anything else. as any other facet in society. but it's invisible. you have to believe a little bit. you have to have a little faith. ♪ >> what you are putting in to the arts in the way of money support is an investment that's going to come back. in the form of better people. >> i think what the arts do are create a conduit, a safe place where people can go to a deeper understanding of our shared existence as human beings. >> having value to the society what when i'm doing music and what i love to do. i'm a little stubborn about it. so right now i choose to be
optimistic because i think there is a way out of this. ask me in six months. >> all winning entries are available online at state of the unioncam.org. -- studentcam.org. up, we are jy congressman garret graves from the louisiana. he is also a member of the transportation and infrastructure committee and sits on the select committee on the climate crisis and took part in the discussions at the white house the other day with the president and members of the administration on the president's plan. congressman graves, good morning. guest: thank you for having us. host: you were in on the meeting at the white house. we see these gatherings of republicans and democra,