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Rijksmuseum director Taco Dibbits, standing in front of Bartholomeus Spanger's

In COVID-19 darkness, gift of a `Moment of Light' to museum

Jun. 3, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — If not for the pandemic, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum would have missed out on a classic Dutch 16th century painting it so badly craved. Instead, the work now graces a central hall of one of the world’s most famous cultural institutions -- all because a wealthy...

In this May 7, 2020, photo, an electronic highway message board in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, encourages people to wear masks during the coronavirus public health emergency. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Some New Mexico counties feel pinch as police issue warnings

May. 29, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico counties have seen visitor spending collapse while others have seen revenues in the construction and agriculture industries grow in recent months, according to data released Friday by the state Economic Development Department. The numbers for the third quarter of...

Michigan arts groups losing money amid pandemic

May. 25, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan arts groups are struggling to operate as people divert their donations to needed services during the pandemic, community leaders said. Arts organizations are dealing with the same challenges as restaurants or other businesses that need large gatherings to operate, the...

Raffle organizers Peri Cochin, left, and Arabenne Reille put the painting

An antidote to coronavirus blues? A Picasso on your wall

May. 19, 2020 6:44 AM EDT

LE PECQ, France (AP) — How’s this as an antidote for coronavirus blues: A genuine painting by Pablo Picasso on your wall. After an eight-week delay caused by France’s COVID-19 lockdown, the Christie’s auction house in Paris is hosting a raffle draw Wednesday for “Nature...

FILE - In this file photo taken on April 5, 2017, Max Liebermann's

Lives Lost: Holocaust survivor reclaimed Nazi-looted artwork

May. 15, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — With the Nazis murdering Jews and ransacking their property outside on the infamous nights of Kristallnacht in 1938, 13-year-old David Toren sat in the sunroom of his wealthy great-uncle in Germany admiring a favorite painting depicting two men on horseback on a beach. Within a...

This image released by Disney Theatricals shows Ciara Renee as Elsa in the musical

Stopped cold: 'Frozen' musical on Broadway not to reopen

May. 14, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The big budget musical “Frozen” will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart, marking the first time an established show has been felled by the coronavirus pandemic. The Disney show opened in March 2018 and placed among the top five Broadway productions for both gross and...

A help wanted sign is posted outside Cyr Lumber in Windham, N.H., Thursday, May 7, 2020. Roughly 33.5 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the seven weeks since the coronavirus began forcing millions of companies to close their doors and slash their workforces. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

New jobless claims drop; task force hears from arts sector

May. 7, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The task force on reopening the economy heard from the performing arts sector, and new unemployment claims dropped again last week. Here are the latest coronavirus-related developments in New Hampshire: ECONOMIC TASK FORCE The head of one of New Hampshire’s largest theaters...

Bike Week delayed, panel hears from arts, child care sectors

Apr. 28, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Industry sectors hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic continued to make their case for financial help Tuesday, while a signature summer event — Bike Week — was postponed. Developments in New Hampshire: SPENDING DECISIONS One of the groups figuring out how to spend New...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020 file photo, two visitors wear masks due to the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus as they walk through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The institution is bracing for a $100 million shortfall in revenue due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Amid pandemic, charities and nonprofits face huge challenges

Apr. 22, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — While celebrities and billionaires have announced huge gifts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, many charities and nonprofits are still struggling. Donations to some churches have plummeted, and many charities have had to cancel crucial fundraising events such as galas, bike races and...

Donation will expand, rename University of Maine art museum

Apr. 16, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — A pair of longtime Maine residents has donated more than $1 million to the University of Maine to help grow its art museum. The museum has been renamed the Linda G. and Donald N. Zillman Art Museum - University of Maine, college officials said. The Zillmans, who now live in New Mexico,...