Resources for Artists During Covid-19

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty and public concern, Burnaway has compiled a list of useful resources for artists and their supporters below. This list will be updated as new opportunities or resources become available.

Liu Shiyuan, As Simple As Clay, detail, 2013; C-prints, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles. As seen in Frost Art FIU’s Liu Shiyuan: Opaque Pollination, January 21, 2020 — Sunday, April 12, 2020.
Illustration by Dianna Settles for Inhabit.Global.

General resources

List of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. [Creative Capital]

Emergency DIY Mask Guide: Easy how-to guide for assembling your own protective face mask, featuring illustrations by Atlanta-based artist Dianna Settles. [Inhabit.Global]

How to prevent loneliness in a time of social distancing. [Scientific American]

Taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty. [American Foundation for Suicide Prevention]

How We Should Reimagine Art’s Mission in the Time of ‘Social Distancing’ [Ben Davis, artnet news]

Resources for individual artists and writers

Artist Relief, formed by a coalition of national arts grantmakers, will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19, serve as an ongoing informational resource, and co-launch a survey to better identify and address the needs of artists.

Burnaway’s Emergency Writer Grant – offering 500$ to art and culture writers in the South affected by COVID-19.

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Emergency Grants: one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.

Gottlieb Emergency Grants: provides interim financial assistance to artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident.

Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant: This program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 & Freelance Artist Resources

Useful resources for artists [Georgia Council for the Arts]

COVID-19 Relief Fund for Experimental Artists [Foundation for Contemporary Arts]

Queer writers of color relief fund [Shade Literary Arts]

Writers’ emergency fund [PEN America]

Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund: Providing financial assistance to Atlanta area artists who have unmet needs due to lost revenue from cancelled upcoming events and gigs, this fund is open to arts workers of any discipline, including arts administrators, visual artists, craft artisans, musicians, writers, and others. [C4]

New Orleans Gig Worker Relief Fund [New Orleans Business Alliance]

New Orleans Platforms Fund: Providing $2,000 individual emergency relief grants to creators in the greater New Orleans metro area.

North Carolina Artist Relief Fund: Musicians, visual artists, actors, DJs, dancers, teaching artists, filmmakers, comedians, and other creative individuals and arts presenters are experiencing widespread cancellations due to this global pandemic.

Charlottesville Emergency Fund [Virginia]

ArtsGreensboro: money in money out fund for individual artists in North Carolina

Atlanta Artist Relief Fund: Provides free meals and medicine pick up and drop off for artists unable to work in the Atlanta area

Resources for arts organizations and nonprofits

Preparing for potential impact of the coronavirus: Make a plan in the event that, in the interest of public health, your organization needs to delay or cancel events or temporarily close. [ArtsReady]

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Resources for arts advocates

Americans for the Arts Action Fund: Request your members of Congress ensure legislators will include $4 billion—to be distributed through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)—to help offset the losses of the nonprofit arts industry.

Online museum experiences and virtual artworks

Crystal Bridges eMuseum: Explore collections at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges VR: Experience virtual reality renderings of works including Kerry James Marshall’s Our Town (1995).

New Orleans Museum of Art Online

Ogden Museum of Southern Art Online

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Digital Archive

Flux Projects presents Over the Bent World, a short film by Whitney and Micah Stansell

For parents and educators

Lesson Plans from The Studio Museum in Harlem

Stay At Home And… : A Coloring Book from the Artists at NIAD [NIAD Art Center]