Resources for Re-opening

  • 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
    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.


  • Resources for Artists

    • After raising $20 million, the Artist Relief initiative will continue to accept applications and distribute unrestricted $5,000 grants to U.S. artists in all disciplines facing dire financial situations through December. Applicants demonstrating the most severe needs in four categories—rent, food, medical, and dependent care will be prioritized. To date, Artist Relief has received over 130,000 applications and distributed $13.5 million in funding to 2,700 artists (including 250 artists working in craft disciplines who’ve received a total of $1.25 million). CERF+ is proud to be a Field Partner of this relief effort.
    • ARTPLACE Virtual Summit - ARTPLACE AMERICA is bringing together an extraordinary community of artists, community developers, culture bearers, designers, government officials, philanthropists, and researchers for a 5-day virtual summit from October 26 - 30. The summit is free to attend, but registration is required. Learn more, HERE.
    • The Event Safety Alliance's Reopening Guide addresses the many issues that artists and event planners need to consider as they move to reopen their businesses and bring people together for in-person gatherings. The guide is free and easy to download. As it says on the cover, "Please share this Guide - We all want to reopen safely." Download the Guide, HERE.
    • Artist Finances: Getting Through the Pandemic and Beyond Workshop - 10/21/2020 - This workshop, hosted by Creative Capital, will cover financial essentials for artists and focus on managing cash flow, long-term budgeting, planning, and financial management, taking into account the continued uncertainty and new economic reality. Elaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA-PFS, AFC, will lead the workshop. Elaine is the Founder of Minerva Financial Arts, a company devoted to building financial literacy and empowering creative individuals and organizations. The workshop takes place Wednesday, October 21, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM EDT and costs $25. Register, HERE.
    • Make Your Vote Count - The Americans for the Arts Action Fund has created voter fact sheets for every state and U.S. territory to help registered voters learn about all the new election rules and deadlines that have been created in each state as a result of COVID-19. These fact sheets provide the latest details and deadlines on vote-by-mail ballots, early voting, in-person voting, and more. Learn more, HERE.
  • 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.

  • 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.