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‘Overlooked’ – Artists, theaters hanging by a thread say they need COVID-19 relief

Suzanne Cahill, president of the Wall Street Theater, was one of dozens of participants in the meeting. She says the arts have been largely overlooked in terms of stimulus money.

News 12 Staff

Dec 10, 2020, 3:25 AM

Updated 1,288 days ago

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal held a virtual roundtable with some of the state’s premiere venue operators who say they need help after months of empty stages and stalled art projects.
Suzanne Cahill, president of the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, was one of dozens of participants in the meeting. She says the arts have been largely overlooked in terms of stimulus money.
She told News 12 that she hopes new COVID-19 relief aid can help pay workers and keep the institution going until the vaccine allows operations to return to something resembling normal.
Theaters say they are relying on mostly livestreamed performances and fundraising.
Blumenthal says that aid package is making its way through Washington. On Wednesday, lawmakers grabbed a one-week government funding extension that buys time for more talks — though there is considerable disagreement over who is supposed to be taking the lead from there.


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