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IU experts available to comment on coronavirus' impact on craftspeople, artisans and farmers

April 24, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, federal and state governments are providing relief to keep small businesses' workers employed or support people who have been furloughed or laid off. The impact of stay-at-home orders on the American economy, however, reaches workers who are self-employed, including craftspeople, artisans and farmers who may depend on public gatherings like markets and festivals to make their living. How might the pandemic be affecting self-employed citizens in the arts, crafts and culture sector? Indiana University researchers are available to speak on the subject. For more information, contact Mary Keck at 812-856-2148 or marykeck@iu.edu.

Jodee Ellett

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Local food supply chains, food value chains, farm to consumer sales models, farm to institution, farmers markets, institutional purchasing, food councils.

IU Bloomington

Email: ellett@iu.edu

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Jodee Ellett directs the community engagement efforts for the Sustainable Food Systems Science research group at Indiana University. She has been active in research, education and outreach in the Indiana Food System for 10 years in multiple capacities, including farming, extension work and research and implementation projects. (more)

Jon Kay

Indiana folk art, traditional arts, Indiana heritage, arts and aging, public arts.

IU Bloomington

Email: jkay@indiana.edu

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Jon Kay directs Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University, where he also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He is the author of "Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers" and the edited volume "The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging." He also creates exhibitions, hosts public programs and produces documentary videos about Indiana’s traditional arts. (more)

Michael Rushton

Cultural economics, policy and administration, nonprofit organizations, tax policy, current research concerns cultural districts and tax policy toward nonprofit organizations and charitable donations.

IU Bloomington

Email: mirushto@iu.edu

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Michael Rushton’s expertise and teaching is in economics, management and public policy of the arts. His publications include articles on such topics as public funding for the arts, the role of nonprofit organizations, taxation, copyright, freedom of expression, and arts and local development. (more)

Shellye Suttles

Food systems, food policy, food access, food insecurity, local foods, agricultural transportation, agricultural energy, agricultural land use.

IU Bloomington

Email: shelsutt@iu.edu

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Shellye Suttles is an assistant research scientist with Sustainable Food System Science in IU's Ostrom Workshop. She is an agricultural economist whose research encompasses local and regional food systems, municipal food policy, agricultural transportation, agricultural energy production and climate change's impact on agricultural land use. (more)

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