In the days since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, events have been cancelled and resources have become scarce. For artists and arts organizations, that often means a dangerous loss of funds. Some are struggling with how to move forward during this time of uncertainty.

Many of us may not be personally vulnerable to the worst symptoms of the virus, but we all have loved ones who are. We all bear the responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following advice from the CDC to wash our hands often, stay home when we can, and practice social distancing until the danger has passed.

As state captains for Americans for the Arts, we are asking creators & arts organizations who are affected by this crisis to fill out the Coronavirus Impact Survey.  It is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts the pandemic has had on the creative community. The results of this survey will help us better advocate for artists and organizations at the local, state and national levels.

A wealth of online resources for the creative community can be found at the COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources page.  We also recommend the Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic webinar by Howlround.

Resources for advice and assistance:

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

CERF+ Emergency Assistance

Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations

Creative Capital List of Arts Resources

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource & Response Center

NEA COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

Arts Education Partnership COVID-19 Resources

Fight rumors by checking official resources:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control

National Institutes of Health

State of Hawaii Department of Health

Honolulu County (Oahu) Resources & Information

Hawai‘i County Resources

Maui County Resources

Kaua‘i County Resources

As artists, we disperse ideas and create communities. If you are able to teach or share your art online, please do so. Let's use our talents to spread the word on how to keep safe and sane during this crisis. Take care of yourself, your family, and friends. Keep your community in mind, and remember that we are all in this together, on these islands in the middle of the Pacific.