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.
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance has signed on to a 15-point proposal to put creative workers to work. We urge you to review the proposal & advocate for your creative community. 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.
Americans for the Arts has put together a chart detailing the Federal Arts Funding Opportunities for Nonprofit and Commercial Arts Organizations and Individual Artists.
Resources for advice and assistance:
Fight rumors by checking official resources:
A few ideas to #KeepMakingArt at home:
Arts Education for All:
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.
We at the Hawai‘i Arts Alliance are also being greatly affected by the shutdown. Please consider helping us advocate for & support the local creative community by donating what you can: