COVID-19 Weekly Roundup: Finding Support Locally

May 21 2020

With many different COVID-19 resources inundating our inboxes every day, we’ve launched a weekly series to help you mentally make sense of the available information. Each week we’ll share a themed collection of articles and links that we found useful.  

This week’s roundup focuses on the importance of connecting with local opportunities and information. As we’ve all witnessed, federal, state, and local officials are responding to the coronavirus and its implications differently, and it’s critical to stay informed on the local level. For this reason, we’ve reorganized our COVID-19 News & Resources page to include state-specific resources that we'll update as needed. 

We’ve also seen a groundswell of smaller, often community, and individually supported relief funds and resources.  

A few things that caught our eye this week:  


// Last week San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts launched the Artist Power CenterThe platform includes resources on funding, educational tools, information on contributing, as well as a community forum.  While the platform orients towards bay area-based artists, many individuals may find it a helpful tool.  

// The City of Santa Fe anticipates opening Round 3 of their artist relief fund on June 1, 2020. The City established the fund to support artists adversely affected by COVID-19. Details on who is eligible and how to apply. 

//The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed two motions to reallocate developer fees that were slated to go to cultural events, to micro-grants for artists and non-profit arts organizations. Read Hyperallergic's coverage. 

//Western Nevada College partnered with Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company to create a virtual choir, Broadway Rising!. Watch their virtual rendition of Les Misérables One More Day. 


What are your communities doing to support artists? Let us know by emailing us via staff@westarts.org, or tweet us @westarts!