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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:

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

Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations

Hawaii Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (for self-employed/contract workers)

Oahu COVID-19 Hardship Relief Program

Maui County Financial Assistance for Essential Needs

Aloha Connects Innovation

Artist Relief Fund

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

Resources for Hawai'i During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Resources for the Performing Arts by Doris Duke Foundation

Resources for Actors, Creators + Performing Artists from Backstage COVID-19 Financial Guide 

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

A few ideas to #KeepMakingArt at home:


Arts Education for All:

Call to Art: an Un-Conference for Arts Educators

Free Arts & Humanities courses from Coursera

Ivy League courses you can take online for FREE

Bamboo Ridge Press back issues

Barnes Take Out daily Art Talk

Hawaii Alive - Bishop Museum

Creative class suggestions from My Modern Met

State Foundation for Culture & the Arts: Arts Activities & Resources

Virtual Venues:

Museums, Zoos, & Theme Parks with virtual tours & live cameras

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

Google's Arts & Culture

The Metropolitan Opera's Nightly Opera Stream

The National Theatre at Home

NPR's list of virtual/streaming concerts

HPR's list of local streaming artists

Hawaii International Film Festival at Home

Rent Books or Stream Movies with your Hawaii State Library card

Creative Kids:

Free stories & classic books for kids from Audible

Daily Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Honolulu Theatre for Youth's "The HI Way"

Art Explorium "Creative Reuse" lesson plans

The Metropolitan Museum for Art #MetKids

Art for Kids Hub daily lessons

ART APART - art education ideas you can do from home from KID smART

Living Room Learning from the Center for World Music

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:

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