COVID-19 Resources for Artists, Arts Organizations, and Students

In these uncertain times, NCECA is here for you. Using information provided by arts organizations, artists and educators, and learners, we’ve curated this resources page to link you with thoughtful information and relevant responses. Our resources page will continue to be updated as we receive new content, so please return often! Organizations and artists: If you would like to share your own virtual tours, online performances, donation links and more to this page, please send links and information to communications@NCECA.net.

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING:

WatchNCECA
NCECA has created a YouTube channel that provides free access to dozens of videos captured during NCECA conferences since 2014.

VirtualClay™ Archives
92Y provides OnDemand access to past sessions that feature a vibrant community of artists, designers and art historians speaking on important topics in ceramics. The conversations challenge preconceptions and explore new territory, inspiring you to think about the world in fresh and different ways.

Ideas for Teaching Clay Online Folder
This Google Drive folder organized by Stephanie Rozene of Hartwick University (NY) includes information presented in an earlier collaborative document, that grew to 30-pages long. Uploaded into this folder are assignments that Rozene has delivered or gathered to date for teaching online. 

Z.O.M.B.I.E. Survival Guide for VCUArts
Offers valuable and well organized guidance for those immersed in the processes, tools, and challenges of reimagining arts learning in the virtual world. We appreciate that this file integrates technical know-how with applicable philosophical vision and values that strive to maintain focus on the learner and the experience.

Teaching Clay Online
An evolving collaborative Google Doc; new users will need a google account and request permission for sharing access. 

The Clay Studio: Clay At Home Online Tutorials
The Clay Studio’s YouTube channel provides access to informative Clay at Home tutorials.

The Studio Potter: Educational Resources
The Studio Potter provides an array of resources for teaching and learning, discussion forums, and more

Socially Engaged Craft Collective: Virtual Arts Center
A Zoom video chat series based around guiding principles of Connection, Creativity and Access to support educators, craft artists, and everyone else.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA FORUMS:

Online Art & Design Studio Instruction in the Age of “Social Distancing”
A Facebook resource/discussion page for faculty of studio based art and design instruction to share strategies, pedagogy and support for instruction in the age of “Social Distancing”.

Covid-19 Response for the Craft + Maker Community
A Facebook group organized and administrated by CERF+

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Artist Relief Fund
A $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers provides $5,000 no-strings-attached grants for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. Working with Americans for the Arts, Artist Relief co-launched the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward.

CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund
CERF+ emergency assistance is available to established artists working in a craft discipline who have earned the majority of their livelihoods from artmaking and are in need of immediate financial assistance. CERF+ grants typically total around $3,000.

CERF+ — the Artists Safety Net
CERF+ — the Artists Safety Net is pleased to announce the launch of a COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis.

As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing, and/or health insecurities. The grants will be awarded in two cycles: the deadline for the first round will be July 29, and the second will be September 9. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
A fund setup to support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.

GENERAL RESOURCES:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
Americans for the Arts provides a wealth of resources, field tools, and research.

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource and Response Center includes links to webinars, studies, helpful blog articles, and a running list of opportunities some of which are limited by geographical region or artistic discipline.

Coronavirus Resources
State arts agencies will be essential facilitators of the art field’s COVID-19 response. Resources on this page are tailored specifically to the needs and roles of state arts agencies. The also offer guidance for state arts agencies and other public arts funders as they develop policies and practices to address the COVID-19 landscape. This link provides a directory to State Arts Agencies & Regional Arts Organizations Contacts

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists
An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

Blog post on COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies
Artist Residencies often operate in communal contexts. This blog article from the Alliance of Artists Communities considers how COVID-19 affects artist mobility and general program operations.

COVID-19 Resource Page
Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. This page gathers a growing list of resources from members and partners.

Information for the Museum Field
The American Alliance of Museums has compiled a guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities and navigate the broader impact of COVID-19.

Survey on Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Country Tourism
Out of deep concern and focus on the health and well-being of Tribes, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians as the impact of COVID-19 unfolds, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) has created a survey to gather information on impact to its communities.

Resources for Responding to COVID-19 in New York City
A.R.T./New York is compiling resources for companies, independent producers, artists, and the public in light of the spread of COVID-19 in New York City. Regular updates will include resources from the City and peer institutions, as well as with pertinent news developments.

COVID-19 Resources
The Arts Education Partnership, we’ve started to receive requests from our partners for additional resources that can help them shift operations to online platforms for telework situations, serve their constituents in new ways and care for their employees.

AES Resource list during COVID-19
Arts Extension Service- UMass Amherst supports artists and arts organizations through education and information. This resource page includes a continually updated list of opportunities for artists, arts managers, and arts instructors.

Information During the Impact of the Coronavirus
ArtsReady is an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

Social Distancing Festival
The Social Distancing Festival is one of several emerging online platforms being organized to address connections between artists and communities in this socially distanced time.

Higher Education Student Responses to COVID-19
Posts from students at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Columbia University provide examples of how those among thousands pursuing higher education in the arts around the US made efforts to organize and advocate for basic rights in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

This story from The Daily Iowan investigates experiences University of Iowa MFA candidates including Donté Hayes as they negotiated the completion of thesis projects and sought ways to exhibit the work and head into careers at this uncertain time.

This story from the American Philosophical Association blog sets out specific examples of the ways that policies in academia might need to adjust to graduate students’ new realities.

 

READINGS TO INSPIRE MINDFULNES AND HOPEFULNESS:

To Survive the Challenges Ahead, Cultural Institutions Will Need to Redefine the Value of Art. Here’s How They Can Do It
Deborah Fisher, director of A Blade of Grass explores how the lockdown era might present an opportunity to change the way the art ecosystem functions.

Rebecca Solnit: On Letting Go of Certainty in a Story That Never Ends
How fairy tales can help us connect and what we can learn from them in uncertain times

That Discomfort You are Feeling Is Grief
Why it’s important to acknowledge what you may be feeling, how to manage it, and how we will find meaning in it