Small businesses in D.C.’s arts and heritage sector have long been major drivers of the capital’s tourism and revenues. Many are non-profit and rely on government funding, combined with donations and admission fees. Everything from museums to theaters to historical monuments rely on public attendance for their survival. So, when COVID-19 came along, many of these small businesses feared they wouldn’t pull through. How bad was the damage? Let’s take a look at the state of small arts and heritage organizations in Washington, D.C., before, during, and after the pandemic.
Before the pandemic
The creative economy is divided into two