Updates to VCA Operations/Grant Programs(COVID-19) (March 19, 2020)

  • 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
    Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due tomorrow, March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.

    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.

    Two primary resources to reference:

    Virginia Department of Health
    Centers for Disease Control

    Emergency Declaration – Public Events and Gatherings

    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.

  • Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Your Virtual Events for People with Disabilities

    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.

  • 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 | 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
    CERF+ is readiness, relief + resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create.

    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 https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com

    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.

    • 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.
    • Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
      The foundation offers financial assistance to individual visual artists of established ability through an emergency relief grant.

  • 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.