Online Convenings and Conversations
In the coming weeks, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will host or cohost several online conversations and convenings.
Arizona Teaching Artist Virtual Conversation
Thursday, April 9, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 pm
A peer-to-peer driven conversation for Arizona Teaching Artists to virtually check-in, share strategies, insights, tools, and resources relevant in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instructions for joining the session will be emailed to you upon registration.
AZ Creative Aging Virtual Conversation
Friday, April 10, 2020
10:00 – 11:00 am
A peer to peer driven conversation for creative aging practitioners in Arizona to virtually check-in, share strategies, insights, tools, and resources relevant in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic in this time of isolation for older adults.
Instructions for joining the session will be emailed to you upon registration.
Additional opportunities will be posted as they are scheduled at https://azarts.gov/news/virtual-conversations-convenings/
Update: Emergency Relief Fund for Artists and Arts Professionals
Application closed until further notice
As reported in previous emails dated March 31 and April 2, the application for Emergency Relief Fund Grants opened at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 4. Due to the high volume of applications received, the application was closed the same day at 6:00 pm.

Initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation and another $25,000 from other partners, the fund can provide approximately 150 grants. More than 500 applications were submitted in the 8 hours the application portal was open.

The fund’s partners understand the need is great and do not want artists and arts professionals spending their labor assembling requests when support is already under such significant pressure.

We are committed to you and know the value of your skills and talents, especially at this most challenging time—which is why we will continue leveraging our platforms and engaging our networks to raise relief support and increase this fund.
Arizona Together
State of Arizona
The State of Arizona has created a one-stop resource page for Arizonans enduring financial hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis. Resources include links to employment and financial assistance, childcare assistance, and mental health resources.
Arts Instructional Resources
State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) have assembled a collection of instructional resources for arts educators. Resources are sorted according to artistic discipline.
Teaching Art Under COVID-19
Hyperallergic, March 17, 2020
"In the words of a particularly conscientious department chair I am lucky enough to work with, 'I hope that this crisis brings light to how much we rely on part-time faculty not just to show up and teach, but also to be visionaries, innovators, and adaptable thinkers.'"
Avondale Art teacher uses social media to spark creativity during COVID-19 uncertainty
Daily Independent, March 17, 2020
"COVID-19 may have closed his classroom, but thanks to social media, class is still in session for Avondale art teacher Bryan Kilgore."
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective
An ever-growing, crowdsourced list of resources for freelance artists, including emergency funding opportunities, mental health resources, and online meeting platforms.

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

Online Learning and Enrichment Resources
Arizona Department of Education
The Title IV-A page of ADE’s website now includes online learning and enrichment resources specifically for arts education.

COVID-19 Resources
Arizona Commission on the Arts
A collection of resources that may be relevant to you and/or the artists, arts professionals, and organizations with whom you work. We will continue to update this page for as long as it may be useful.
CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds
Independent Sector
Independent Sector has teamed with Washington Council Ernst & Young, a DC-based lobbying firm with deep expertise in the nonprofit sector, and Sheppard Mullin, a national full-service law firm with a dedicated Nonprofit Team. This resource will help nonprofit organizations understand how the CARES Act will apply to them and how to proceed with filing for assistance.

Freelancers Relief Fund
Freelancers Union
Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs, including food/food supplies, utility payments, cash assistance to cover income loss.

Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.

Musicians Fund
Musicians Foundation
United States-based musicians who've been active for the past five years are eligible to apply for a microgrant.

Disaster Relief Microloan
Community Investment Corporation
Community Investment Corporation has created an emergency microloan fund to support southern Arizona businesses that are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This program is designed to help bridge current and impending cash flow for small businesses as the details for a government stimulus package and qualifications for assistance are finalized.

COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant
Hello Alice
Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus, as part of our broader mission to ensure Business for All. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.
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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator

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