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Arts Council COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource List

COVID-19 Resource List

*All resources on this list were compiled from other arts organizations, public information about resources, the CDC, USDAC, and many others.

Stay Up-To-Date about COVID-19

Resources for Arts Organizations

Up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field: Americans for the Arts (AFTA) continues to closely monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal and D.C. governments as developments evolve concerning the coronavirus. Our organization cares about the health and safety of our members, stakeholders, staff, and board in communities across the country, and we understand that health, work, and travel require personal decisions that individuals must make for themselves. While the situation continues to unfold, we will keep this page updated daily as news and information becomes available.

AFTA is gathering data and impact stories through this survey link. The survey will capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers triumphed and survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses. We encourage you to share this survey with your communities.***If you are an arts organization, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County highly recommends that you fill this out.***

The NC Arts Council, state arts agency, has a listing of statewide resources for arts organizations and individual artists.

Arts NC is North Carolina’s statewide advocacy organization for the arts. They have compiled a list of resources for NC arts organizations.

The NC Center for Nonprofits has a state-wide listing of updates and resources to help nonprofit organizations take steps to safeguard your employees, operations, and NC communities

ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

Artists Thrive aims to raise the value of artists in every community, set conditions for improvement, and ensure that artists are thriving with support from every sector. They have compiled online resources, tools and opportunities to provide artists and those who work with artists support to be able to thrive in the wake of these challenging circumstances.

The Foundation is offering support to organizations serving Forsyth County whose operations have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. This grant program assists organizations in adapting their operations to avoid or mitigate disruptions in their service delivery. Grants are intended to help organizations adapt their work in these uncertain times, not to replace lost revenue.  Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 for adaptation ideas on a rolling basis through April 30.  Examples include: Investing in technology to allow staff and participants to engage remotely, Making modifications to a facility to keep employees and those they serve safe, Providing prepaid cell phones to clients to allow them to continue to receive services remotely, or Continuing to provide community education through streaming video services

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today its guidelines to swiftly distribute funding to nonprofit arts organizations from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the spread of COVID-19.

The Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers.  Since there is still insufficient testing, no contact tracing, and no vaccine against COVID-19, this guidance is particularly detailed.  The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to reopen first.   

Resources for Individual Artists

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

The list also includes links to virtual events and happenings to support the continued effort in providing education and resources to artists.

A compilation of resources, tools and opportunities that we hope will provide artists and those who work with artists support to be able to thrive in the wake of these challenging circumstances.

For additional information, please contact

Jordan Medley

Manager of Grants & Support Services

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County


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