Red Alert RESTART to light Bemidji red

The Sanford Center, the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, NLFX and other music venues and studios will light up red this Tuesday in solidarity of the performing arts industry in Red Alert “RESTART”.

According to NLFX Professional’s Ben Stowe, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected the arts industry.

According to the “Be An Arts Hero” Coalition, the arts and culture sector employs 5.1 million people and provides $877 billion value added to the U.S. economy. Due to COVID-19, 62 percent of arts workers are fully unemployed and 94 percent report income loss.

There is bipartisan legislation, the RESTART Act, pending in Congress which may provide some relief to the industry.

Minnesota’s Senator Amy Klobuchar also introduced the “Save our Stages” bill to fund independent venues struggling in the pandemic.

The Red Alert RESTART, an initiative started in the U.K., will take place Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 9 p.m. to midnight, with major cities across America participating.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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