Creative, Educational, and General Resources in Response to COVID-19

In support of our Ryman Arts community, we have compiled a list of resources that provide creative, educational, financial, and general support during this time of need. We will continue to update this list as we find more resources to share with you.


Artists and Arts Organization

 

Art21
Art21 provides unparalleled access to the artist’s voice to diverse audiences around the world, using the power of digital media to introduce millions of people to contemporary art and artists. 

At Home Learning
Curated resources from the Los Angeles County Office of Education to support all arts education. This is for teachers and administrators to access and adapt in online learning environments.

Adobe Creative Cloud
For creatives and freelancers who need editing software while working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, Adobe is briefly offering two free months of Creative Cloud access—but only for existing subscribers.

Americans for the Arts: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
Americans for the Art is providing up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field, including resources for funders, relief funds and financial assistance, training and webinars, and more.

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

California Arts Council: COVID-19 News & Resources
The California Arts Council has created a COVID-19 resource page, including emergency funding opportunities, emergency preparedness best practices, and webinars featuring arts leaders and artists from the national arts community. The COVID-19 emergency has highlighted the power of collaboration within the arts community at every level, and this list showcases that network.

CERF+ Artist Safety Net: COVID-19 Response Fund
CERF+ Artist Safety Net created the COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines, focusing on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
This COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources page is an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Creative Capital: Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
In times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected. In addition to health concerns, this is a challenging moment for many in our community as we deal with cancelled income and trying to make plans during uncertain times. Creative Capital has created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.

National Endowment for the Arts: COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
National Endowment for the Arts’ list encompasses arts service organizations that are providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations.

Prepare. Respond. SERVE
This resource website with ideas contributed by TechSoup and many community members contains information about philanthropies using technology to tackle the challenges of suddenly working remotely.


Creative and Educational Activities

 

Brooklyn Art Library: 28 Day Challenge
Join the Brooklyn Art Library’s 28 day challenge and get an automatic email every day for 28 days with a creative prompt. In order to make this accessible to everyone, they’re making this a “pay what you wish” model.

Create CA: #CreateAtHome
Through social media, weekly emails, and their website, Create CA will provide curated resources that encourage arts integration for students learning at home, celebrate the power of creativity to help us all cope, and provide ways to continue to create.

Google Arts & Culture: Free Digital Museum Tours
Google Arts and Culture teamed up with over 500 museums around the world to offer free digital tours, including MoMA Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Musée d'Orsay, and more.

Imagineering in a Box
Imagineering in a Box is a free online program through Khan Academy that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. The lessons are designed to pull back the curtain to show students how artists, designers and engineers work together to create theme parks. The goal is to make students aware of careers they never knew existed and deepen their understanding of the process, concepts and terminology of the creative workplace.

The Kennedy Center: Lessons and Activities
The Kennedy Center provides digital, arts education resources and guided lessons for K-12 students. From lessons on making advertisements to Irish folkdancing, there’s something for every student.

MoMA Learning
From themes of “Pop Art” and celebrity culture to “Movement and Migration”, MoMA Learning offers mini-courses filled with videos, activities, and reading materials centered on modern and contemporary art.

NASA Image and Video Gallery
NASA has made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. Its 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.

PBS and PBS Learning Media
PBS, and their local stations, partnered with California school districts to provide free learning resources across the state that align with daily education programming airing across their stations.

Pixar in a Box
Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. Students will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode for free through Khan Academy. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar.

TED-Ed
TED-Ed provides videos on topics related to the arts. From finding your own creative genius to examining the history of hip hop, there is something for everyone.


Loans and Emergency Funding

 

Jewish Free Loan Association
The Jewish Free Loan Association is offering loans for those affected by the Coronavirus with a no-fee and interest-free loan to cover small business losses, lost wages because you can’t go in to work, child care costs when schools are closed, funds lost due to cancelled travel plans, and more.

Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program
With the new coronavirus causing widespread economic disruption, the city of Los Angeles is offering small businesses low- to no-interest loans. The city’s Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) will offer $11 million in loans, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 each, through the newly established Small Business Emergency Microloan Program.


General

 

Federal Communications Commission
Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, major internet providers pledge for the next 60 days to not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;  waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

Free Spectrum Internet
Starting March 17, Spectrum Internet is offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to homes who have a student (from kindergarten to college) without an existing subscription. To enroll for free, call 1-844-488-8395. Spectrum is also opening all Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of infectious disease, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress. These signs of stress are normal and may be more likely in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. During an infectious disease outbreak, care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to those affected by the situation.

Los Angeles County Library: Digital Library Card
Los Angeles County Library (not to be confused with the Los Angeles Public Library) is offering temporary digital library cards to any resident, which will be valid for 90 days.