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.
- The most comprehensive list can be found on the Colorado Creative Industries website.
- Americans for the Arts is archiving their very informative webinars on COVID-19 policy updates and resources.
- The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state and local arts organizations, and other agencies. They 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. It 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 Colorado Artist Relief Fund supports artists experiencing economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund provides grants of up to $1,000 to individual artists living in Colorado, working in multiple disciplines. Rolling deadline.
- Open Studios seeks artists for the 2021 Open Studios Tour.
- The Arts in Society Grant is open for application. Administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center, the Arts in Society grant-making program fosters cross-sector work through the arts by supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans. Deadline Sept. 14.
- Boulder County Arts Alliance in partnership with King Soopers, a division of the Kroger Company, will commission a professional artist to create indoor artwork for the Table Mesa King Soopers grocery store. Deadline July 20.
- CBCA’s Leadership Arts program is open for application. Leadership Arts is a nine-month training program that prepares people to serve on nonprofit boards of directors and increase their civic engagement in the arts. Deadline Aug. 13.
- The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced a program to distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. These programs are open to nonprofit arts and culture organizations, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past. Visit their website for guidelines and application information.
- The Colorado Recovery Plan, Developing Our Workforce, expands COSI’s grant opportunities to support Coloradans displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those laid off or furloughed, experienced decreased earnings, had job offers rescinded, or could not enter the workforce because of adverse economic conditions. The Back to Work grant is funding non-profits, state agencies, and community partnerships to provide eligible participants wraparound and financial supports to access and complete their credential or degree within the grant term. Visit the Back to Work website for additional information and access to application materials.
- Artist opportunities with upcoming deadlines in July and August, 2021 courtesy Creative Capital.
- BMoCA is hiring multiple Visitor Services Representatives. Deadline July 19.
- BMoCA seeks ceramicists and potters to share their work at Open Wall: Ceramics & Pottery, a week-long self-curated community art exhibition and sale at BMoCA. Event July 23.
- The Federal Communications Commission announced that eligible households will be able to enroll in a program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) will provide eligible households with discounts of up to $50 a month for broadband service, and up to $75 a month if the household is on Tribal lands.
- The Boulder County Arts Alliance has established a ‘Seeking Collaborators’ section on their bulletin.
- 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.
- 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)
- UC Berkeley has created a Mental Health Resources Guide to help prevent creative and professional burnout
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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