COVID-19 Resources

Please contact ASCA Community Arts Program Director Charlie Sears at charles(dot)sears(at)alaska.gov. Stay well, and we are grateful for all that you do! (lastest update: 6/11/2021 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)


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Alaska Resources

  • Alaska Plan Safer Events Site hosted by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) This site is designed to help Alaskan event planners, venue owners, and gathering coordinators hold safer events by reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. Examples of events and gatherings where it would be appropriate to implement these strategies include conferences, meetings, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, faith-based gatherings, and other types of assemblies. This website offers the most recent guidance from medical experts on ways to reduce COVID-19 transmission; as well as coronavirus mitigation plans and tools, templates, trainings, checklists, and links to other resources. Alaskans can request free individualized consultations and submit plans for review by our COVID-19 mitigation advisors. You do not need to ask the state permission to host a gathering. Visit the site at https://plansaferevents.com/ 
  • Alaska Performing Arts Mitigation Plan (COVID-19) Framework – In summer 2020 a group of concerned arts leaders from across the state joined together to gather in one document the resources needed to create safety and mitigation plans for performance venues. Representatives of arts organizations, venue managers, and other interested arts leaders came together as a working group to harness their collective experiences and best thinking to develop this framework. The goal is that this framework will benefit organizations and communities across Alaska.As hosts of events, we have a duty to keep our communities safe when they gather in our spaces. The work contained in this document was created with that in mind. As you consider hosting events, it is important to give your organization ample time to develop your mitigation plan. While having large gatherings may still be far off, this is a good time to consider and create your own plan, with this framework as a resource.This is not a specific safety and mitigation plan for your community or organization. Rather, it is a framework and a resource that can assist you and guide you in the creation of your own safety and mitigation plan and protocols. The design of the framework is meant to help all communities and organizations across the state regardless of size.AK_Performing_Arts_Mtigation_Plan(COVID-19)_Framework_December 2020.pdf
  • State of Alaska Reopen Responsibly Plan Page (including mandates, guidance, and resources for various businesses and organizations in Alaska) https://covid19.alaska.gov/reopen/ 

National Resources

Arts and Culture Resources

  • Small Business Administration Launches site for The Shuttered Venues (SVO) Grant Program including Information about Who Can Apply, Allowable use of Funds, and FAQ’s The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.  SBA is in the process of setting up the grant program and is not yet accepting applications. Those who have suffered the greatest economic loss will be the first applications processed. The SVO landing page on the SBA website is at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant 
  • Americans for the Arts – resources and response center – Americans for the Arts continues to closely monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal and D.C. governments as developments evolve concerning the coronavirus. Our organization cares about the health and safety of our members, stakeholders, staff, and board in communities across the country, and we understand that health, work, and travel require personal decisions that individuals must make for themselves. https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-topic/disaster-preparedness/coronavirus-covid-19-resource-and-response-center  
  • Artists Thrive – COVID-19 Resources – A compilation of resources, tools, and opportunities that we hope will provide artists and those who work with artist’s support to be able to thrive in the wake of these challenging circumstances. https://artiststhrive.org/covid-19  
  • ArtPlace America – Running List of Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic – In times of crisis, it is often hard to find the resources, information, and help we need. From the loss of income and canceling of events to shifting to online meetings and more, the COVID-19 virus is affecting many artists, nonprofits, and communities across the globe. While not comprehensive, we hope the running list of resources below is a start to help mitigate/navigate the effects of the virus (whether it be financial, health, etc) going forward. https://www.artplaceamerica.org/blog/running-list-resources-during-covid-19-pandemic  
  • Arts Education Partnership COVID-19 Resources – A round up of Arts Education Resources sourced from AEP partners, across the national landscape of teaching and learning in and through the arts. https://www.aep-arts.org/covid-19-resources/ 
  • Billboard.com – a state-by-state guide for music professionals – The coronavirus pandemic has left countless members of the music community facing an uncertain future, as festivals and tours are canceled, studio sessions are called off and business travel is restricted. To help music professionals and their loved ones navigate the crisis, Billboard has compiled a list of resources at both the national and state levels, including more than four dozen relief funds. https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/9337908/coronavirus-resource-guide-music-professionals-help  
  • Covid19 Freelance Artist Resource  This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc. https://www.freelanceartistresource.com/  
  • Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide – 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 released The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide. https://www.eventsafetyalliance.org/esa-reopening-guide 
  • National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response—visit “Current Crises” page for information specific to the COVID-19 situation, and for other resources related to recent events. https://www.ncaper.org/  
  • National Endowment for the Arts on COVID-19As America continues to confront this period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, we want to assure you that one thing will not change: our support for the arts across this great nation.  The National Endowment for the Arts is open for business. Our staff, while working remotely is available to you via phone or email, as usual. https://www.arts.gov/about/nea-on-covid-19  
  • Native Arts & Cultures Foundation – COVID-19 Resources As we move through these unparalleled times, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is concerned for the welfare of everyone, and especially committed to the well-being of Native communities, artists and culture bearers. Native people in every community, town, and state across America have been affected by the pandemic due to the complete shutdown of life as we were accustomed to. We hope that these resources, while not all-encompassing, may help in identifying available support for artists and communities, as well as offer some insight and perspective during this critical period. https://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/covid-19-resources  
  • SoundExchange – resources for music creators during the coronavirus outbreak – The swift reaction from organizations across the music industry to extend aid and assistance to music creators in need is an important step as our industry mitigates the impact of coronavirus. Music creators across the world are feeling the economic impact of this pandemic as a result of the widespread cancellation of festivals, tours, and concerts. https://www.soundexchange.com/2020/03/18/resources-for-music-creators-during-the-coronavirus/  
  • Springboard for the Arts – Coronavirus Resources for Artists, Creative Workers & Organizations – In the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, artists as independent workers, arts organizations dependent on gathering groups together, and creative people engaged in travel and exchange may be especially affected. Springboard for the Arts is committed to creating, amplifying, and sharing resources to support artists and communities, always as part of our mission, and at this time especially. https://springboardforthearts.org/coronavirus/  
  • Teaching Artist Guild: COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ARTISTS – On Friday, March 13, 2020, Teaching Artists Guild joined with the Association of Teaching Artists, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Creative Generation, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and the Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic to present a webinar for teaching artists bracing for the impact of COVID-19 on the United States. During the webinar, many excellent resources were shared by panelists and participants alike, and there were numerous requests for a “master list” to be collected and published for the benefit of everyone in the field. https://teachingartistsguild.org/covid-19-resources/