The COVID-19 Crisis: Here Are Resources For Visual Artists From Harlem To Hollywood

March 26, 2020

In the wake of pandemic quarantining and social distancing, museums are closing, exhibitions are canceling, and the jobs that so many artists rely on to supplement their creative practices have suddenly dried up. We know our community is vulnerable right now—and we want to do everything we can to support you.

As Kickstarter staff works remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic to bring creative projects to life, we want to say a few things:

  • You are not alone.
  • Sharing knowledge shares power.
  • Stay safe, informed, and away from crowds.

While we continue to encourage and help artists with live campaigns on our site, we acknowledge that the coronavirus outbreak is a crisis, and our community needs help beyond what we can offer on our platform. Because of this, we’ve built a live archive of resources for artists, from best practices for remote work to emergency grants and guidelines for nonprofits and businesses. We’ll keep adding to the list on Mondays for the immediate future—so feel free to write into with more.

*Note: Bullets in italics are new as of March 23, 2020.

Grants and funds available sooner rather than later

Grants and funds available in the medium- and long-term

General resources

Legal aid

For artist-owned nonprofits and businesses

For artists working multiple jobs in the part-time, service, or remote industry

Resources from The Creative Independent

Ideas to pass the time

Medical resources

If you’re looking to support other creatives

Creative work matters, and it matters that it continues to get funded now. At Kickstarter we’re working on ways to respond to the crisis and support our community. Meanwhile, if you want to help campaigns by pitching in a dollar or more, check out what’s live on our Arts section page or homepage.

Photo credit: James Baldwin by Danny Tisdale at Tisdale Studio.

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