UPDATED MAY 29, 2020
Resources for Re-opening
Virginia CARES Emergency Relief Grant
Virginia Commission for the Arts continues to review nearly 200 grants applications from organizations across the state in response to the Virginia CARES Emergency Relief Grant program. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Endowment), has developed a program to expedite funds to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to organizations that add value to Virginia's economy and bolster the creative and cultural vitality of our communities. The VCA aims to begin disbursing funds by the end of May for those organizations who were not eligible to apply directly to the Arts Endowment. The VCA anticipates distributing a second cycle of funds in late June/early July as organizations who were eligible to apply directly to the Arts Endowment are notified of that application.
Resources from the National Endowment for the Arts
COVID-19 (General Information) Resources
Forward Virginia - Governor Northam's Plan for Re-opening
Virginia Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control
SBA Disaster Loans Available for Qualifying Nonprofits (Including Arts)
Following a request submitted by Governor Northam on March 18, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Virginia. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Commonwealth affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million from the SBA to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses. To submit a loan application through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, please visit disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
Other Business Impacts - from the Governor's Office 4/19/20
Emergency Declaration – Public Events and Gatherings
The Governor has requested that the Department of Taxation to extend the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.
On Thursday, March 12, Governor Northam declared a state of emergency that extends to June 30, 2020. The length of time is to enable resources, supports and recovery to continue as needed for the duration. Of specific note to arts organizations and artists--in his declaration, the Governor urged localities and non-profits to limit large public events, effective immediately. Localities should make these decisions in coordination with their local health departments and the Virginia Department of Health. Highly populated localities and those with close proximity to positive cases are strongly encouraged to announce updated event guidance by Friday, March 13, at 5:00 PM, in advance of the weekend.
- 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 | https://www.americansforthearts.org/
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 | https://www.artsready.org
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) |https://cerfplus.org/covid-19-steps-you-can-take/
CERF+ is readiness, relief + resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create.
- Event Safety Alliance® (ESA) |https://cerfplus.org
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 | https://www.ncaper.org/
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
- Arts Administrators of Color has created an Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund. Funds will be distributed weekly via microgrants of $200 to every applicant - first come, first served.
- Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation - Resources for Artists and Organizations Navigating COVID-19 .
- The Lewis Prize for Music - $1 million COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Creative Youth Development leaders and youth music programs to support their responsive and adaptive efforts during COVID-19. This fund will distribute over 20 grants of $25,000 to $50,000 to youth-serving music programs. The application opens on Monday, April 20 and closes on Friday, May 8 with grants distributed on June 16.
Resources for Individual Artists
- VCA Individual Artists Listening Session, Archived Slideshow from Friday, May 8, 2020
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts
The foundation provides emergency grants ranging from $200 to $2,000. The grants are not limited to natural disaster relief.
- Freelance Artist Resources
This is a compilation of resources for advocacy, emergency funding options, etc. (Please note that some of these resources are also listed here.)
- Gottlieb Foundation
Funding is available to painters, printmakers, or sculptors who have been working for at least 10 years and have recently undergone an unforeseen catastrophic event, such as a fire, flood, or medical emergency.
- National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response
Formed in 2006, NCAPER offers preparedness information and emergency response for arts organizations to achieve recovery for the creative industry, including resources for artists.
- New York Foundation for the Arts
NYFA provides a variety of emergency grants for artists living and working in the U.S.
- Artist Relief Fund
Artist Relief Fund is a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. Alongside the grant opportunity, Artist Relief co-launched the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. More information can be found at www.artistrelief.org.
- Jazz Road, a program of South Arts
Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund grants are available to freelance jazz musicians who have lost work throughout March, April, and May 2020. A limited number of $1,000 grants will be distributed to jazz musicians across the country to offset significant lost gig revenue.
Resources for Organizations
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! https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com
- 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:https://nafme.org/covid-19
- 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.
- Musictheory.net 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: http://up.csail.mit.edu/other-pubs/las2014-pguo-engagement.pdf
- 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.
Since the start of the current Covid-19 crisis, artists and arts and culture organizations have been proactive in reaching out to their audiences and communities with webinars, livestreamed performances, and virtual visual art collections and museum tours. The National Endowment for the Arts does not endorse any vendors, but during this national emergency, the Office of Accessibility believes it is important to provide these resources to the arts community, including some examples of vendor options, HERE.