Volume 21, Issue 1.5 fairbanksarts.org
Like many of you, I have been carefully monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation. In an effort to do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, Wandering Bear Gallery and the Fairbanks Arts office will be closed through the end of March. Please make sure to read on and click 'view entire message' to find updates about our upcoming events.

Our team is working diligently to make adjustments to programs and to respond to the many artists, organizations, schools, and arts supporters we work with regarding impacted events and services. As we all navigate uncharted waters together, I am heartened by the patience and compassion I see. This situation highlights just how interwoven the threads of our community are and how much we rely on one another to create collective health and wellness. So, let's keep taking care of each other!
The arts are a crucial facet of community health
If you are a Fairbanks Arts member, chances are that you have seen the above statement from me at the end of our communications. Now, more than ever, I want to emphasize that the arts are a crucial facet of community health. Right now the COVID-19 pandemic heightens our awareness of many facets of our health, and creativity is a key ingredient in seeing us through a trying time.

Physical health: This being the one on many minds, below are a few links to stay up to date on developments in the Fairbanks North Star Borough as well as tips from the CDC website as a key resource for tips on health, travel, family preparation, and more.

Social health: I am sure by now you have seen the calls for 'social distancing' to help mitigate spread of COVID-19; closures of borough facilities, the UA system, and FNSBSD schools are helping us do exactly that in order to keep one another healthy. Yet, while I believe it is important that shared efforts need shared language, this does not mean we can't be social despite our physical distance! In fact, now is a great time to strengthen our connections.

Financial health: This situation is already causing economic strain for many. While workers are sent home and organizations and local business shut down, let's identify the ways in which we can be helpers to lift one another up.

Mental health: In an uncertain time that causes social and economic insecurity, let's check in on our neighbors, friends, and loved ones to keep spirits high.

Creativity and health

While things are moving quickly, others are slowing way down and it is a great time to lean into creative activities to explore and connect.

Do you have a knitting project you haven't finished or have you always wanted to learn how to knit? How about calling a far away family member and reading them a story? Or having a family dance party with each family member contributing to the playlist? Maybe it's time to pick up that ukulele you've been wanting to learn how to play! There are so many possibilities and to get you started, this special newsletter is replete with resources.

At this time I would also ask that our many community creatives help lead the way in making creative outlets feel accessible to everyone. Tell folks what you love about your medium! Share insights to your process! Talk about failures, moments of learning, and breakthroughs. Artists as thinkers, translators, and bridge-builders can help add some light, humor, and perspective in this moment. Artists, if you share stories, online lessons, or other tidbits online - make sure to tag @fairbanksarts so that we can share what you are up to.

To stay up to date on upcoming Fairbanks Arts communications, make sure you are signed up to receive Fairbanks Arts News (click the colorful button below), and that you have connected with @fairbanksarts on Facebook, Twitter , and Instagram – In the coming days we will post updates to these platforms as well as suggestions and resources to get creative!
Wishing us all clean hands, safe distances, and an abundance of patience and creativity,


Jess Peña
Executive Director
Just For Kids:
A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus ( NPR)
In this comic, NPR has used interviews with Tara Powell at the University of Illinois School of Social Work,  Joy Osofsky  at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and   Krystal Lewis at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Click on the image to the left to see the full comic and for the printable zine.
Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and
how to “flatten the curve” (Washington Post)
This free article from Washington Post illustrates a few different social scenarios and offers simulations that visually communicate the benefits of social distancing to help slow the spread of a virus and 'flatten the curve' for the sake of our communities and health care system.
Please note the following adjustments to the Fairbanks Arts schedule:
Eileen Ivers school performance presented by Fairbanks Concert Association on March 20: CANCELLED

Parka Parade on March 22 at the Open North American Championships: CANCELLED

Pride & Prejudice school performance presented by Theatre UAF on March 27: CANCELLED

Fairbanks Arts meetings through March 30: To be held via phone/video conference
Up With Art

Annual Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Student Exhibition

Pictured: Winter City by Mya Smothers
This beautiful exhibition featuring PreK-12 grade student artwork opened on the first Friday of March and was scheduled to run through the final Friday of March. Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are sorry to share that this exhibition will be closed to the public for the remainder of the month . We want to thank the hundreds of students, families, teachers, administrators, and arts supporters who have attended Up With Art to support our young artists. In order to honor the hard work of FNSBSD students, the educators who inspire and teach, and the FNSBSD Art Center who help facilitate this show, Fairbanks Arts staff is working quickly to move this exhibition online so that we can continue to celebrate the creativity and skills of our students for the duration of Youth Arts Month!

Resilience  Spring Juried Exhibition
Fairbanks Arts has been greatly looking forward to our juried spring show with guest juror Keren Lowell. Artwork intake was to take place at the end of March, however due to current circumstances, we will no longer hold intake, an April First Friday, or a physical exhibition. Instead:
We are pleased to adapt our spring exhibition to invite artists of all disciplines around the state to respond to this concept. Stay tuned for an updated prospectus and exhibition information and thank you for your patience while we make this adjustment! Make sure you are signed up to receive our Visual Arts F.A.N. e-news!
We want to thank everyone once again who submitted work to the 25th Statewide Poetry Contest AND our judge, Ishmael Hope for reading over three hundred entries!

Scheduled for Saturday, April 4th, Fairbanks Arts will be hosting the Statewide Poetry Contest reading as a virtual reading. Stay tuned for a special announcement regarding winners of the 25th Statewide Poetry Contest and how to to attend this virtual reading.
While there are some categories listed here for assistance with sifting, feel free to poke around at these links to explore new resources for yourself, learn about the challenges artists and arts organizations are facing right now, or to pass on helpful resources to the artists, family members, and arts supporters in your life!
Click the image above for an extensive, running list of artist resources.
List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
COVID-19 Resources

Are you curious about what Van Gogh’s Starry Night looks like up close? Or the difference between modern and contemporary art? Would you like to wander around a museum halfway across the world? With Google Arts & Culture you can visit top exhibits, zoom in on artworks in mind-blowing detail and browse thousands of stories, photos, videos, and manuscripts. Be your own curator by finding your favorites, creating your own collections and sharing them with friends. Travel anywhere with tours of iconic sites, famous buildings and natural wonders, on your screen or in VR.

Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 museums, galleries and institutions in 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online.
Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries may be closed, but they are still here to help!
We aren't sure if you know this already, but librarians are superheroes and our local libraries are community treasures! Even though FNSB public libraries are closed, keep an eye on their website where they will continue to post information and resources (like virtual storytime) during closure .
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. While this program includes a recitation contest, we encourage you enjoy the large database of poetry on the POL website!
A bundle of resources:

Scholastic at Home is a free, digital hub to help students keep learning while schools and families navigate COVID-19 related challenges and features daily, curated Pre-K-9+ lessons.

Amazingeducationalresources.com : This is a behemoth, running spreadsheet of education companies running free subscriptions due to schools closing.

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Website: Stay up to date on district responses, nutrition services for students during school closure, and more.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, Americans for the Arts will continue to keep this page updated.

Please spend a few minutes taking Foraker's COVID-19 survey. The responses will be used to help Foraker provide additional support to you and will be shared with the Alaska funding community as they determine what emergency assistance they can offer.
The Performing Arts Readiness project supports a variety of programs to increase the knowledge and ability of performing arts organizations to create and execute emergency recovery plans.
The arts community’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis has been collaborative and in solidarity. Arts Ready offers updated resources to help you operate within an unknown and constantly-changing environment, for artists, managers/agents, funders, and arts organizations.
A few more things:
You can stream the Metropolitan Opera for FREE for the next week!
Check out National Film Board of Canada's launched  Indigenous cinema , an extensive online library of over 200 films by Indigenous directors — part of a three-year Indigenous Action Plan to "redefine" the NFB's relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Pictured: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril's Lumaajuuq. (NFB)
George Washington Museum and the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, have made their five collections available online, check them out!

Pictured: Alma Thomas (1891-1978) Nature's Red Impressions
Truly, this is such an amazing resource that we are putting it in here twice. Go explore now!

Our community of arts supporters is truly incredible and some of you are probably wondering how you can help! Many arts organizations and artists are figuring out how to deal with a major loss in earned income while things are shut down and are eager to resume offering the quality of events and services you have come to love as soon as it is responsible to do so.

If you have the means, please consider donating the proceeds of any recently purchased tickets to concerts or plays rather than requesting a refunds. This is also a great time to find out if artists and musicians you enjoy are represented online through their own professional website, platforms like Spotify, or have the ability to be supported professionally through websites like Patreon. If you have questions about how you can be supportive of artists and arts organizations during this time, or have a creative idea, give us a shout at info@fairbanksarts.org!
We have a new phone number! You can reach us at: (907) 371-2299
(we are still checking messages during our temporary closure)

3501 Lathrop St. Unit B
(corner of Lathrop & Van Horn)

Fairbanks Arts is closed through the end of March due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Fairbanks Arts office is on the top floor of Wandering Bear Gallery.
Fairbanks Arts Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Contributions support the programs and efforts of Fairbanks Arts Association.

Programs are made possible by the City of Fairbanks Hotel/Motel Bed Tax, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Fountainhead Development, Inc. and individual and corporate contributions from Fairbanks Arts supporters like you.