RESOURCES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
These are difficult times for everyone. There are many ways support is being coordinated at all levels. In this section, we will pass along resources at the local, regional, state, and national level for financial assistance. Our goal is to support and help you, the art leaders of Boulder, sustain your workforce and your business through this crisis.
- Americans for the Arts is archiving their very informative webinars on COVID-19 policy updates and resources.
- The 2020 Fires Relief Fund has been established, in partnership with Boulder County, to support individuals, families, and nonprofit organizations affected by the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon Fires. If you are not impacted but looking to help, donations are also being accepted.
- The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations the Coalition helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.
- CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985 and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers.
- The Boulder County Arts Alliance has established a ‘Seeking Collaborators’ section on their bulletin.
- The Wallace Foundation has published a scenario planning toolkit is designed to help arts organizations think through how to respond to various future conditions: Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario Planning Toolkit for the Arts and Culture Sector.
- For businesses including nonprofits who have received funds through the PPP (Payroll Protection Program) program, the applications for loan forgiveness are available now. There have been changes to the key tests which may make more businesses eligible for 100% forgiveness. It is recommended you contact your bank or the Boulder Small Business Development Center to find out more.
- Downtown Boulder is hosting a Lights of December Holiday Motorcade on Dec. 5, 2020. Participation is open to community groups, non-profit organizations, and local businesses. Deadline Nov. 18.
- The NoBo Art District seeks creative work such as words, poems, handwritten letters, songs and other expressions in this ongoing project to share a collective farewell to 2020 and welcome in 2021 for an upcoming exhibition, “An exhibit of “Letters”, lightweight 2-D and 3-D creations in all media. Deadline Nov. 15.
- The call for original and locally-based dance films for inclusion in Life in Motion: A Colorado Dance Film Festival‘s 2021 film festival is now open! Deadline Dec. 12.
- Artspace Consulting is now providing up to two hours of free consultations and technical support to any arts and culture organization or municipality as a response to the mounting effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
- As venues, businesses, and events begin to reopen under the Safer at Home and upcoming Protect Our Neighbors rules, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce has posted a number of resources including downloadable posters about rules for customers and a sample script to help your audience with mask regulations.
- The Wallace Foundation has published an analysis of the CARES Act by Education Counsel, including information about Federal funding for after school and summer programs.
- The Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Action Fund is maintaining an updated table of programs to track the changing situation with the CARES Act.
- Colorado Creative Industries has updated their COVID-19 response programs, including new deadlines and funding for things like the CO CARES Grant, CO Creatives Relief Grant, and more. Check their COVID-19 resources website to check in on these and other resources across the state.
- The Boulder Library is now offering remote access to the Colorado Grants Guide, an online tool for grant funding research. Use your library card to access it today.
- Federal support is being made available to nonprofits through loans, unemployment, and other programs. The Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is providing a list of resources on their website. Nonprofits and small business owners are encouraged to consult with the SBDC for guidance on these programs. Visit bouldersbdc.com and select Consulting on the top menu.
- National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness Response (NCAPER) Resources for Organizations
- Philanthropy Colorado lists of resources
- Americans for the Arts Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
- Corona Insights is offering free consultations with arts nonprofits to help them create a strategy for sustaining the organization through the crisis.
- The Boulder Chamber of Commerce is hosting a website with detailed resources for businesses and nonprofits.
For Artists and Small Business Owners
- The Leeds School of Business at CU-Boulder and Jeff Nytch at the Entrepreneurship Center for Music have expanded the COVenture Forward program to cultural nonprofits. This “management triage” connects free expert mentorship to help small businesses and, now, the arts and culture sector survive the COVID-19 crisis and plan for a thriving future.
- CERF+ Coronavirus Resources
- The Federal assistance described above may also be helpful for small business owners. Visit bouldersbdc.com and select Consulting on the top menu. Fill out the Request Initial Assistance form.
- Emergency Grants – Foundation for Contemporary Arts
- Emergency Grants – Women Arts
- Emergency Relief Programs – Alliance of Artists Communities
- AGMA Relief Fund
- Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance (not just for actors)
- Shade Literary Arts Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund (national)
- The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. At this time, they are temporarily limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with immediate MEDICAL emergencies and their aftermaths.
- Beauty Changes Lives and the Horst Rechelbacher Foundation are offering relief grants for beauty professionals or students of beauty programs.
In Support of our Arts Community
- Contact Boulder County Arts Alliance or the Community Foundation of Boulder County to donate for direct support of artists in our community.
Arts and culture are essential to Colorado’s economic and social vitality. It’s undeniable that artists, cultural organizations and creative businesses need your support, now more than ever, as they face major economic challenges due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many ways you can help the arts sector survive this challenging time, as well as continue to be enriched by Colorado’s artistic vibrancy. You can do so by Forgoing Ticket Refunds, Donating Today and Supporting Colorado Artists. Arts through it All is a result of collaborative efforts amongst a coalition of the state’s leading arts and cultural organizations, including Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), and several local and regional arts agencies, including Denver Arts & Venues, City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), and others.
There are many more resources available. A great list is found on the Grantmakers in the Arts website. Staff at the Office of Arts and Culture is participating in a city-wide response to the emergency. And, we continue to monitor the ongoing state and Federal response. We will add resources to this newsletter as they become available.
CITY OF BOULDER
- Boulder Arts Commission Grants
- City of Boulder Public Art
- Dance Bridge
- Boulder Public Library Concert Series
- Boulder Public Library Cinema Program
- Boulder Public Library Exhibitions
- Boulder Public Library Calendar of Events
- Arts Incubator of the Rockies
- Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA)
- Colorado Association of Funders
- Colorado Creative Industries
- Colorado Dance Education Organization
- Colorado Visitor’s Bureau
- Community Foundation Boulder County
- Denver Actors Fund
- Kroger Community Foundation
- Presenting Denver
- Rose Community Foundation
- Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
- Social Venture Partners
- Think360Arts: Teaching Artists
- Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
- Artwork Archive
- Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
- Americans for the Arts Public Art Network
- Call for Entry (Café)
- City of Longmont
- City of Loveland
- Denver Arts and Venues
- Town of Lyons
- Fund for Writers
- New Pages
- Poets & Writers Magazine
- Poetry Writing and Analysis Guide
- The Ultimate Freelance Writing Career Guide
- Disney/ABC Television Group
- Film Festivals Calls for Entry
- Film Independent
- Movie Bytes
- No Film School
- New York Television Festival (NYTVF)
- Vision Maker Media
- Art Cantina
- Art Deadlines List
- Call for Entry (Café)
- College Art Association
- Professional Artist Magazine
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