Resources for artists and arts organizations during COVID-19

This list of resources will undoubtedly grow, please email [email protected] if you have a suggestion for a resource or opportunity to add.

California Arts Council

Earlier this month, CAC said it will continue to support local arts infrastructure and programming throughout the state through grants, initiatives and services. Three funding opportunities are open now, their Arts in Corrections, Innovations + Intersections, and Art & Accessibility programs. Find links to each program under “Latest Updates” via arts.ca.gov/news.

“With public events canceled and revenue sources for organizations and individual artists severely threatened, we are among the most impacted sectors in the U.S.,” said Executive Director Anne Bown-Crawford in a statement. “But we are also one of the most innovative sectors, and together we will find our way through this moment.”

Learn more about CAC at arts.ca.gov.

Virtual opportunities for artists/writers to connect

Our columnist Nancy Lynee Woo is in touch with Long Beach’s literary community and was able to compile a list of resources, including virtual open mics and writing prompts, for anyone and everyone to use at home. Scroll to the bottom for even more resources for artists and writers.

Creative closeness in a time of social distance

Arts Council for Long Beach

If you’re a local artist, add your profile to the Arts Council for Long Beach’s Artist Registry at artslb.org/artist-registry, then those looking for art will be able to hire you.

The ACLB has also begun commissioning artists for their new project launched Tuesday, March 24, “Keep Arts Working.”

The project will involve nightly engagements with artists working under the stay-at-home order. Check out artist Jose Loza’s recent “Self-Care” series and learn more about the project here.

“We are seeing artists of all genres respond to this difficult time,” said ACLB director Griselda Suarez in a statement. “We wanted to begin with a visual that would comfort and encourage.”

Common Field

This arts advocacy nonprofit has shared an open-source document that nearly 100 people are adding to as we write this, full of resources for arts organizers, including grants, teaching and tech opportunities. You can add to it or use it here: COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field (thanks to KCRW for pointing us in their direction).

Resources for Freelance Artists

If you’re a freelance artist, this COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources page is being widely shared among the artist community; it has financial relief options, free resources and other opportunities listed.

KQED has a list for freelancers, find it here: Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus.

National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA has a helpful list of links to arts service organizations that are providing updated resources, find it here.

Creative Capital

In support of artists across the country, Creative Capital is keeping a list of artist resources for those affected by COVID-19. Find it here.

Americans for the Arts

This organization is keeping a blog on the quickly changing situation and how arts organizations can respond and get organized. Read it here.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

The FCA has created a temporary fund to support experimental artists impacted by the economic fallout from canceled performances and exhibitions in the form of $1,000 grants. You can apply here, or keep scrolling to find additional resources the FCA is highlighting.

Grants and resources for artists and nonprofits

The Artery, WBUR’s arts and culture team, published this list Tuesday for artists struggling financially; check out their “National Funds” list for opportunities for artists living anywhere to apply for relief.

Artwork Archive

There’s a financial relief list Artwork Archive put together recently, some opportunities are localized, but you can still find grants, funds and foundations that are up for grabs for artists across the country. Read it here.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.
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