Covid 19 & Freelance Artist Resources

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

Resources for Artists in the COVID-19 Crisis

Emergency grants, freelance resources, legal aid, and more. In the wake of pandemic quarantining and social distancing, museums are closing, exhibitions are canceling, and the jobs that so many artists rely on to supplement their creative practices have suddenly dried up. We know our community is vulnerable right now—and we want to do everything we can to support you.

CUE Covid Resources

CUE Art Foundation is a dynamic visual arts center dedicated to creating essential career and educational opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists of all ages. CUE provides resources for financial support, community resources, teaching and learning, and online accessibility.

Creative Capital’s List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

In times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected. In addition to health concerns, this is a challenging moment for many in our community as we deal with cancelled income and trying to make plans during uncertain times. Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and we believe that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all of us.

Artist At Risk Connection

Artists are losing income, museums are shuttering, residencies are going dark––but resources exist to help redress these challenges. Below, ARC has compiled a (growing) list of resources for artists and art-related professionals and organizations to find support in these trying times

Times Square Arts

At Times Square Arts we are closely monitoring developments concerning COVID-19, and are sending well wishes to our community here in New York City and around the world as we pause, slow down, and reassess how best to take care of ourselves and one another.

Adobe Blog of Resources During Covid

As the global response to COVID-19 intensifies and our world is turned upside-down, many workers in the creative sector are finding it harder and harder to get by. Budgets are being rolled back, and social distancing policies are taking a toll on everyone depending on face-to-face interactions for income. 

Resources for NYS Arts and Cultural Organizations re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) continues to monitor developments regarding the novel coronavirus that causes a disease called COVID-19. NYSCA will also repost resources and links provided by the arts and cultural sector from time to time on this blog. 

AIGA Community Resource Hub

AIGA is committed to advancing the future of design within our communities, among our members, in small businesses and corporations, in educational institutions, and for individuals. We are in an unprecedented time, where change takes place every minute of the day. Please use this resource hub as a guide to some of the most critical needs our community faces today, and will face in the coming weeks and months. 

Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

Online classes, demos, and professional development courses are being offered through Zoom. These resources are “pay what you can” and sign-ups are unlimited. Check back regularly to see what is new.

Brooklyn Rail conversations

“The New Social Environment” was launched Tuesday, March 17 in response to the idea of “social distancing” daily lunchtime conversations at 1pm (ET) with one unified aspiration: utilizing technology as a platform to welcome and bring together our friends and colleagues from all the creative fields in the arts and humanities while infusing front and center the impending and critical issues of our current social and political lives.

Hyperallergic podcast

A weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world with host Hrag Vartanian, cofounder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic. Recent topics have included “How the US is treating the Arts during the Pandemic, the #CancelRent Movement,” and “The Boom in Online Exhibitions during the Pandemic.”

Protecting Your Kids and Home

The latest news on the spread and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is sobering, especially for caretakers of the young or elderly. Although the uncertainty surrounding the virus is a source of anxiety for everyone, it is particularly important for parents to remain calm and help their children understand the steps they need to take to stay safe.