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GOPAR stands for Greater Orlando Performing Arts Relief. (Image: GOPAR)
Central Florida News

GOPAR: Artists Help Artists Survive Central Florida’s Pandemic Recession

Central Florida’s artistic community has been hit hard by the pandemic recession as theater doors stay closed to audiences and theme parks pare down on live entertainment. Many performing artists have found themselves out of work and struggling to pay bills, hamstrung by a state unemployment system they feel is ill-equipped to understand a performer’s “gig worker” status. So, leaders in Orlando’s artistic community have stepped in to help fill the need with the newly-formed GOPAR, which stands for Greater Orlando Performing Arts Relief.
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Intersection Podcast

Intersection: Osceola County Grapples With The Pandemic

On this episode of Intersection, we’re joined by Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez and Osceola County School Board Member Kelvin Soto, talking about how Osceola County is coping with the economic turmoil triggered by the pandemic. Later in the show- Rev. Mary Lee Downey, CEO of the Community Hope Center in Osceola County talks about the impact of the crisis on affordable housing. 
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