As the state's proponent for local artists, arts projects, and arts organizations and their impact in our communities, we are here to support you and help you navigate the developing situation. We will continue to update this page on a regular basis as more information is made available.
We know you are combating new and different challenges daily. We know you have questions. And we are committed to help you meet your challenges and answer your questions. Don’t see your question answered on this page? Let us know. We’re here to help.
- How should I plan the reopening of my organization/business?
- What should artists and nonprofits be doing right now?
- Track all COVID-19 related expenses.
- Participate in local and national surveys related to how COVID-19 impacts our work. We encourage you to take the Americans for the Arts Impact Survey.
- How do I file for unemployment?
- How can I continue to support the arts?
- Thank artists and organizations for their role in society or in your life. Ask them how they are doing. Listen.
- Donate tickets to any canceled events back to the organization instead of asking for a refund.
- Donate directly to the arts and culture organizations and venues you value.
- Click here for more information on how to support individual artists in a COVID-19 world.
- Provide payments and tips to individual artists as they share their work on social media.
- Buy subscriptions, memberships, tickets, and gift cards from arts and cultural organizations. Commission work, peruse Etsy, and buy your holiday gifts early.
- Give to an emergency relief fund for artists, performers, and creatives. These are everywhere!
- What resources are available to artists, nonprofits, or small businesses?
- The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance (EIDLEA) is a loan advance that provides up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
- The Artist Relief Fund distributes $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.
- The PEN America Writer's Emergency Fund distributes grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Arts, Cultural and Destination Marketing Organization Support Grants support local entities, events and arts and cultural organizations whose normal business has been interrupted due to COVID-19.
Check with your local arts agencies or councils for more relief opportunities.
- How can I ensure accessibility of virtual events for people with disabilities?
With the pivot to virutal programming, the National Endowment for the Arts developed this guide to help arts organizations navigate the best approaches to accessibility. The Indiana Arts Commission also has numerous resources related to accessibility on our website. Click here for resources and inspiration.
- Where do I go for more information?