COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF BOSTON
P lease take time to fill out the 2020 Census online , available in 13 languages. For web pages and guides in 59 languages including ASL + Braille, visit language support . It has never been more important that every Bostonian is counted. Information collected helps determine billions of dollars in federal funds to our communities for emergency response, schools, roads, and other public services for the next 10 years. Spread the word on social media using #2020Census and #BostonCounts
The City of Boston, in partnership with Nesterly , has announced it's new program Good Neighbors. This program coordinates those most vulnerable to COVID-19 with volunteer neighbors who will provide f ree deliveries and friendly check-ins. To request a good neighbor, click here.
FENWAY ALLIANCE MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MASSART
MAAM from Home
While MASSART's brand new art museum,  MAAM , has closed in alignment with the University's COVID-19 closure, you can experience all of the exhibitions online! Exhibitions include a site-specific installation from artist collective Ghost of a Dream, an exploration of online-gaming related works, and a MAAM exclusive installation from renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconselos.


Make with MAAM
MAAM 's Museum Education team has created activities for all ages you can do at home with materials you have on hand. Draw, color, and make with MAAM!
#MAAMDrawingTogether
Follow MAAM on Instagram  to participate in their  #MAAMDrawingTogether  activity. New prompts and inspiration posted every Thursday.
UPDATES FROM MEMBER INSTITUTIONS + COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The First Church of Christ, Scientist + Mary Baker Eddy Library
As many of us continue to remain in relative isolation, the desire to unite and connect may take different forms. The Mary Baker Eddy Library 's current response to the pandemic offers three examples of how this might take form: through service to others, individual reflection, and music as a facilitator of both. Visit the MBEL's curated selection, " Responding to the Pandemic with Care for Our World ," which includes: a video recording of a 2009 program titled “Nursing’s spiritual roots in contemporary practice, ” which seems timelier than ever, a 2018 Seekers and Scholars podcast episode titled “Inspiring contemporary hymns—migration and refuge ,” and an article from our “Women of History” series, on Red Cross founder Clara Barton.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Witness to History: What are your COVID-19 Experiences
Years from now historians will research the impact of the COVID-19 virus in Massachusetts and across the country. In order to have first-person accounts of daily life during this extraordinary time, the Massachusetts Historical Society invites you to contribute your experiences to our collection. To submit journals or respond directly to daily prompts from MHS, click here.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Huntington Theatre Company
Join the Boston Symphony Orchestra for their new initiative, BSO at Home ! The BSO is working to build and share a collection of wonderful BSO performances with fans in Boston and around the world. Listen to g reat performances from the BSO Archives, selected by BSO Artistic Administrator Anthony Fogg, look behind the scenes at orchestra life, and hear from BSO musicians as they share what life is like offstage while they #stayathome .
Join the Huntington Theatre Company for their new initiative, Huntington @ Home ! The new series of programs purposed to connect with audiences virtually includes special online performances and messages from artists behind the scenes, one on one phone calls with staff for a conversation or a monologue, and Huntington @ Homeschool for distance learning and short classes.
Fenway Health
This week, Fenway Health is launching a COVID-19 testing site in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston Public Schools . The testing site will be behind Fenway Health's 1340 Boylston Street location in the McKinley School parking lot. Plans to open more test sites will be released in coming days. Fenway Health is also partnering with the MA Community Tracing Collaborative to help the city ramp up contact tracing capabilities. This new collaboration is a partnership between the MA COVID-19 Command Center , the Department of Public Health , the Commonwealth Insurance Connector Authority , Partners in Health , and community health centers. Members of Fenway’s Public Health Programs will be assisting with this initiative, adapting their experience and expertise with contact tracing in the area of HIV, STI, and Hepatitis C transmission. The team also brings multilingual Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese capacity as well as experience working with LGBTQIA+ communities. Read more here.

Fenway Health is offering free delivery of medications from its pharmacy and online appointments for existing patients. Read more about Fenway Health's contributions to the community here.
826 Boston
826 Boston's Youth Literary Advisory Board (YLAB) is producing an anthology about self-identity and staying empowered during this pandemic. They're looking for poems, narratives, essays, and original artwork from Boston students from around the city, not just 826 Boston participants, in grades 7th-12th. " We think this is a great time for youth to come together as a community and share what matters through art. This project is important to us, and it should be to you, too! Your contribution is going to give strength to our cause of believing in ourselves, standing up for what is right and making changes through our voices, poems, narrative writing, and art."
MassCreative
In an effort to simplify and fulfill MASSCreative’s mission to interpret arts & cultural policy into action, MassCreative is bringing you this new weekly Policy & Action Review. Every Friday at 9:45-10am, Executive Director Emily Ruddock and Program Director Tracie Konopinski will host MASSCreative’s COVID-19 Virtual Policy & Action Updates. These 15-minute updates are meant to provide you with what you need to know about COVID-19 policy advocacy and actions you can take to support the creative community. Click here to learn more.
UPDATES FROM MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL
FENWAY PORCHFEST
We have continued to monitor conditions related to the COVID crisis, and with input from local representatives, we have decided to delay our June 20th event. We're working on selecting our fall date, and believe that a free event that highlights musicians and the Fenway community is more important now than ever. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering or sponsorship, please reach out. We are very much looking forward to coming together for the 3rd Annual Fenway Porchfest! Fenway Porchfest Team: Fenway Civic Association ; Fenway Community Development Corporation ; Fenway Alliance.
MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL DISTRICTS:
ROXBURY CULTURAL DISTRICT
Did you know that there are over 50 state-designated Cultural Districts throughout the Commonwealth? Our umbrella advocacy & funding organization, the Massachusetts Cultural Council , has been hosting virtual meet ups for the Districts to share resources & community during this unprecedented period. As managers of the FENWAY CULTURAL DISTRICT , we have decided to highlight our sister Districts and ways they are addressing the challenge of providing culture, art, and community in innovative ways during this time.
The Roxbury Cultural District is exploring the role of culture in digital transformation in a new piece by Thad Hernandez. Click here to read more.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
SUPPORT FOR BOSTON
The Boston Resiliency Fund Boston's fundraising and philanthropic fund to provide essential services to Boston residents and to assist first responders and critical care providers.
The Boston Artist Relief Fund . The fund will award grants of $500 and $1,000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices & incomes are being adversely impacted.
The Boston Music Makers Relief Fund provides financial relief to Boston area music makers experiencing lost income as the result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19. Small grants of up to $200 will be paid rapidly on a first come, first served basis.
Boston Dance Alliance's Dance Relief Fund distributes stipends of $250 to assist with immediate basic needs. The fund will disburse grants on a first-come, first-served basis until April 15, 2020 or until all donations are exhausted.
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