Two primary resources to reference:

Virginia Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control

National Resources

National Endowment for the Arts American Alliance for Museums
COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources & Information for the Museum Field, contains advice applicable to museums and other cultural venues.

Americans for the Arts |
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has developed a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center, that includes an Impact Survey. Take part in the survey, and see the multitude of resources (including many listed below).

Also, be advised that this year’s Arts Action Summit has been canceled.

ArtsReady |
ArtsReady is an online emergency preparedness service that collects and shares resources that help arts and cultural nonprofits plan for and respond to a crisis. ArtsReady has circulated practical examples of measures being implemented by cultural organizations, including this March 6 New York Times article and this February 26 ArtsReady Alert.

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) |
CERF+ is readiness, relief + resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create.

Event Safety Alliance® (ESA) |
As municipal officials begin to allow small groups of people to gather in public even while the fight against COVID-19 continues, there is a tremendous need for guidance how small events and venues can reopen as safely as possible under these incredibly challenging circumstances. In response, the Event Safety Alliance today released The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide.

NCAPER (National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response) has created a list of resources for arts organizations and artists.

Theatre Communications Group’s Coronavirus Preparedness Webinar and the Event Safety Alliance’s Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak—may be of particular interest to performing arts groups.

The League of American Orchestras coronavirus resources page includes examples of sample audience communications as well as other readiness recommendations.

COVID-19 and Freelance Artists

Art Education Tools and Resources

Official Information for COVID-19 and Virginia Public Schools
VDOE works closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and other state and federal authorities to provide the latest information and guidance on COVID-19 to the commonwealth’s public schools.

Resources for Fine Arts Virtual Learning and Enrichment

  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka (@studiojkk) , a popular children's author is doing free art lessons for kids on YouTube. He's popular for the "Lunch Lady". and "Young Jedi" series of books among others.
  • Chrome Music Lab is an excellent way to experiment with music at home. Anyone can create musical patterns and learn about the science of sound in an easy, kid-friendly format. Accesible on tablets, phones, or computers!
  • Davis Publications is offering free access to digital resources including an image library and student and teacher editions of digital textbooks.
  • Google Arts & Culture offers 11 Dramatic Virtual Tours of Stages Around the World.
  • See this resource and info page from NAfME for music educators, including music instrument hygiene:
  • Dance educators can connect with the online forums of the National Dance Education Association. You are able to view the discussions without membership, but will need a membership to post in the forums.
  • The Met will stream a different opera every night for the foreseeable future.
  • offers online music theory lessons.
  • Are you or a teacher you know interested in learning about recording lessons for distance learning? Research shows that videos created for online learning should be kept short (under 6 minutes), informal, and the instructor should exude enthusiasm. Break up long lessons into a series of shorter videos for better engagement. Many teachers feel camera-shy, or that they want videos to be production-quality, but the reality is that informal, imperfect videos provide better connections with students and deeper engagement! Here's the research:
  • Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustration. There are books about music and art.

Free Resources to Support Virtual Learning
For the remainder of the 2019–2020 academic year, Virtual Virginia will offer 81 online resources in all subject areas at no cost for your teachers and students to use in online delivery via the Virtual Virginia LMS. The resources contain fully developed lessons aligned to state and national standards, videos, interactive applications, and assignments. Teachers using the resources will have access to free training and ongoing support through a professional learning network of Virginia educators.

Visit the Virtual Virginia website for complete course descriptions.

Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Efforts

Commission Board Meeting Effective March 13, we have moved our Commission Board Meeting, scheduled for March 19, 2020, has been postponed. Presenter Touring Assistance We are extending Presenter Touring Assistance grants, such that any current contracts that are postponed could be honored through to November 30, 2020. This means that if you can reschedule the performance to take place before November 30, 2020, you do not need to return the first payment you have received. We are working to determine whether we can still provide your final 15% payment, into the new fiscal year (FY2021).
Deadlines As our grants portal currently remains unaffected, our upcoming grant deadlines remain.
  • Artists in Education grants due April 1, 2020, 5 PM.
  • Creative Community Partnership Grants due April 1, 2020, 5 PM.
  • Technical Assistance and Organizational Assistance grants will open April 1, 2020, for activities taking place between July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.
For our part too, I can say that as the state’s arts agency, we are working at local, state and federal levels to assess the current and future impacts to arts organizations, artists, and communities as a whole (as the arts serve integral roles in myriad aspects of individual and community living); and actively trying to identify resources to meet the needs. We are also working to identify (and advocate for) potential resources--particularly funding--that could provide unrestricted operating support or living wages (in the case of individual artists/freelancers).

We will continue to share relevant information with you as the situation evolves. We send our best to all those affected by COVID-19 and hope that everyone stays healthy and safe in these uncertain times.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at

Stay safe! Stay healthy!

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