I don't have alot to say about the government shutdown that became effective at 12AM this morning. If you're in the dark about the hows and whys, take a look at this overview from Brad Plumer for the Washington Post: Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work
How does it affect arts organizations? Kate Ostrander addresses this in her article Déjà vu: The Federal Government Standstill’s Implications on the Arts. There is an update posted at the bottom of the article, which links to contingency plans for specific agencies.
As artists, it is our responsibility not only to create, but to also be educated and involved in what is happening in the world around us. Stay informed!