Part of this has been transitioned from the WAA Roundup: Novel Coronavirus & the Performing Arts. Please note that all future updates will be made to this page.
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Managing Stress from Home | 4/8/20, RSVP Now!
This workshop is designed to impart basic tools, tips, and aids to participants to help them navigate current mandates to shelter in place or stay home. Participants will learn tactics and best practices for communicating with others when stress is high across the board. The instructor will cover creating new routines, managing child and elder care, keeping work/life balance in harmony, and maintaining productivity and positivity for those new to working from home. The session will allow for participants to share their thought processes in a safer space, free of judgment. This session is presented by Performing Arts Readiness.
Join a group of industry experts to discuss the legal and operational impacts of widespread COVID-19 closures on the performing arts industry. Submit your questions in advance for panelists to prepare answers for. The question submission form will appear onscreen once your registration for the webinar is complete. Topics to be discussed include immigration issues, contract and labor law, and insurance issues. This session is presented by the Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences (APAC).
We Art Stronger Together: Navigating the Coronavirus | Recorded 3/18/20
A sector-wide town hall meeting specific to COVID-19 organized in collaboration with Arts Midwest, Arts Northwest, Arts Ready, Association for Performing Arts Professionals, Folk Alliance International, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, North Carolina Presenters Network, International Performing Arts for Youth, South Arts, and Western Arts Alliance.
Howlround: Livestreaming Panel, Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic | Recorded 3/16/20
For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines.
Financial Resources for the Performing Arts
How to Access CARES Relief Funding | 4/6/20
- Details on time-sensitive resources available to the arts sector - both for-profit and nonprofit organizations and independent contractors.
- To help small business owners and entrepreneurs better understand the new programs that will soon be available to them, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has created a comprehensive guide to many of the small business provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress.
- Grants up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.
- Deadline: late May/early June 2020.
- Open to visual and media artists and choreographers.
This comprehensive, crowd-sourced resource page for freelance artists includes links to:
- General resources and preparation.
- Advocacy for freelancers.
- Emergency funding.
A growing list of resources that include:
- Emergency financial support.
- How to host virtual events via Facebook.
- Closure news specific to the arts.
A brief synopsis of the implications of the relief bill on the arts. As an email from the Alliance of Artists Communities states, the bill includes:
- Mandated emergency paid leave for employees for qualified sick leave, family and medical leave, and to care for a child whose school has closed"
- "Refundable payroll tax credits for required emergency paid leave provided by employers with fewer than 500 employees (nonprofits are eligible for relief)"
- "Emergency funding to states for unemployment compensation"
- "Refundable individual tax credits for leave taken by self-employed workers for qualified sick leave, caring for a family member, or caring for a child whose school has closed"
- "Additional provisions related to nutrition assistance and cost-free COVID testing provisions for the uninsured"
- Emergency Funds
- Financial Support
- General Info
Arts Advocacy Organizations by State
- Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts have provided this page as a space for information and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak: https://www.akarts.org/covid19
- Arizona Citizens for the Arts is making frequent updates on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaCitizensfortheArts/
- State art agency, Arizona Commission on the Arts has also published their COVID-19 resource page: https://azarts.gov/news/covid-19/
Californians for the Arts
915 L Street, C-422
Sacramento, CA 95814
- Californians for the Arts has created a COVID-19 resource page, which includes action letters, petitions, surveys, and information on relief grants and webinars: https://www.californiansforthearts.org/covid19-resources
- Recent updates have been made on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/artsforcolorado
- The state arts agency, Colorado Creative Industries has published a COVID-19 resource page: http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/resources-to-support-the-arts-during-coronavirus/
- The Hawai'i Arts Alliance has published a COVID-19 resource page: https://www.hawaiiartsalliance.org/covid-19
- They are urging art creators and organizations to take the American for the Arts survey: https://surveys.americansforthearts.org/s3/CoronavirusImpactSurvey
Currently, Idaho does not have a central arts advocacy organization, instead, the Idaho Commission on the Arts offers its COVID-19 resource page for artists and arts organizations: https://arts.idaho.gov/opportunities/covid-19-info-resources-for-artists-arts-orgs/
- The Montana Cultural Advocacy has not made comments on COVID-19 yet. Instead, you can refer to the Montana Arts Council's Facebook page, where they are sharing COVID-19 resources: https://www.facebook.com/MontanaArtsCouncil/
- The Cultural Alliance Nevada has not made comments on COVID-19 yet. Instead, you can refer to the Nevada Arts Council's COVID-19 response and resource page: https://nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil/response-to-covid-19/
- Create New Mexico has not made comments on COVID-19 yet. Instead, you can refer to the state art agency, New Mexico Arts: http://www.nmarts.org/
- New Mexico Arts has put together a COVID-19 resource page: http://nmarts.org/assets/files/COVID-Related%20Resources%20for%20Artists%20and%20Arts%20Organizations.pdf
- New Mexico Arts are also encouraging people to take the American for the Arts Survey: https://surveys.americansforthearts.org/s3/CoronavirusImpactSurvey
- Cultural Advocacy Coalition is urging people to take the American for the Arts survey: https://www.oregonculture.org/covid-19-call-input/?fbclid=IwAR3RdV39G7eSeobXMl59dYkqSej6lqnZ119Es7gJ8fpXoM5gj7jVuFltKSE
- The Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust has released a statement on March 24 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.oregonartscommission.org/we-are-all-together
- Texans for the Arts has put together a COVID-19 resource page: http://www.texansforthearts.com/covid_19_resources
- Utah Cultural Alliance has published its recent survey results regarding COVID-19. The survey results and resource page can be found here: https://www.utahculturalalliance.org/covid19
- COVID-19 News and Information Updates: https://kingcountycreative.com/king-county-creative/news-and-information/
- COVID-19 Advocacy and Resources: https://inspirewashington.org/covid-19-advocacy-and-resources
- Wyoming Arts Alliance has shared recent COVID-19 updates on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wyomingarts/
- You may also refer to the Wyoming Arts Council's COVID-19 resource page: https://wyoarts.state.wy.us/resources-and-information-for-arts-and-culture-organizations-dealing-with-the-impacts-of-covid-19/
Health Authority Offices by State
- As of March 24, WAA has canceled the Tijuana Pre-Conference. WAA plans to proceed with the 2020 Conference in San Diego until further notice. Read the full announcement.