Some Resources For Artists and Art Professionals During the Pandemic: WILL UPDATE

by Glasstire March 15, 2020

Will update:

We’re building this list as we become aware of city-, state-, and beyond- resources and relief for artists and art world workers.

In a separate news item, we’ll list artist and art-professionals’ initiatives to get work artworks — some it for sale — in front of people during this time.

Please feel free to add more artist- (or Texas-based general-population) relief in the comments section.

Update: March 18, 1:30 PM



San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture has a list of resources for artists, which it announced today.

“The Department of Arts & Culture and the San Antonio Arts Community is intensely aware of the significant impact COVID-19 has on our artists and arts organizations. Here are some already available resources, which are updated regularly, to help out and provide guidance and advice in this uncertain time.”

Update: March 17, 5 PM

 Emergency Artist Support League (EASL): EASL, founded in 1992, is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. EASL raises and distributes funds to artists in need. “We offer up to $5k grants for those in need. Medical, rent, dental, mechanical, etc.,” according to board member and artist Giovanni Valderas.

Houston: Via Houston Arts Alliance: An unemployment assistance page with an application portal, and information about unemployment assistance through the U.S. Dept. of Labor. HAA also has a link to visit an online support desk.

Here is Houston Arts Alliance’s catch-all webpage page listing COVID-19 resources and go-tos. 

•Tomorrow (Monday the 16th) at 2 PM eastern/1 PM central, Howlround Theater at Emerson College in Boston will live-stream a panel discussion titled: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines.

•In Houston:



•Nationally: The Rauschenberg Emergency Grants will provide artists with up to $5,000 for a number of unforeseen medical expenses.

•Nationally: Here is Hyperallergic‘s most recent list of opportunities for artists.

•Nationally: Creative Capital’s List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak: “As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.”

•Houston Arts Alliance posted this, from Harris Country, on its FB: “Ask the health experts your #coronavirusquestions:
☎️ Harris County Residents ONLY can call @harrishealth Ask My Nurse Hotline (713-634-1110), daily 9a-7p.
🗺️ If you live outside Harris County, you can call @TexasDSHS #COVID19 Hotline (877-570-9779), Monday-Friday, 7a-8p.”

•Dallas Artist Relief Fund is a fundraiser organized by Darryl Ratfcliff. It can be found here. Also, on his Facebook page he’s started a google.doc form for people to offer resources/support/jobs for low-income artists and freelancers.

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Dina Good March 21, 2020 - 09:30

In these uncertain times, it is heartwarming to see how our community is banding together to help each other weather this storm. As an artist, I am grateful to see how proactive we are toward facing the pandemic and helping creators of original art survive. Thank you.


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