Ways to Connect During COVID-19

Virtual Gatherings and Initiatives


In light of the unfortunate circumstances, galleries have closed, productions have been postponed, and public programming has been suspended, but art making has not ceased. Artists have taken their work remote, providing new ways to create and stay connected online. 



A Mighty Blaze, initiative to promote writer’s whose book tours have been cancelled

Starter List by Courtney Maum of authors whose events have been cancelled

War and Peace Reading and Discussion with Yiyun Li and A Public Space

Poets.org: National Poetry Month at Home

Academy of American Poets #ShelterInPoems

Red Hen Press Poetry Hour

Books Are Magic storytime (for kids)

The Isolation Journals (a 30-day creativity project, starting April 1)

The Weekly Notables - weekly list of online events from The Rumpus



Women and Hollywood Amplify Filmmakers Affected by SXSW Cancellation

CABIN FEVER: playlist of online experimental films & videos

MEMORY: Independent film studio screening a selection of free films



Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

Google's Arts and Culture Pages - 2,500 world-class museums and galleries are now offering virtual tours and online collections



La MaMa Livestream Events

Great Theater, Dance and Classical Music to Tune Into While Stuck at Home



Black Futures Community Hang on March 30 @ 3PM EST (Zoom)

e-flux reader: Contagion Issue & digital museum 

Metropolitan Opera offering free past performances on their website every evening

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center live-streaming select events plus recordings 

Berliner Philharmoniker offering its ‘Digital Concert Hall’ for free

Harun Farocki Institut: Rosa Mercedes (ongoing issue) 

Irresistible (fka Healing Justice Podcast) Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens

New Social Environment: Daily Lunchtime Conversations with the Brooklyn Rail (Zoom)

Social Distancing Festival

Social Justice in a time of Social Distancing

Texte zur Kunst: Notes from Quarantine

Virtual Togethering For Freedoms (Sign up to lead a virtual session)  

The Trickle Up (A NYC Artist Network)

Greene County Council: How do Artists Respond to Crisis (Facebook event March 24 - April 25)

New York Times: 10 Bingeworthy Podcasts

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will be livestreaming performances every weekend in April


Advocacy and Impact


The impact of the COVID-19 is already evident in the arts community, with freelancers feeling the brunt of it. In addition to the many resources being made available, the information gathered through these surveys and advocacy organizations will be important to weathering the long-term effects in our communities. Please participate!


Americans for the Arts Survey

American Alliance of Museums (AAM)—urge Congress to include art organizations in its COVID-19 economic stimulus and relief packages

Artists, Culture Workers, Freelancers, Gig Event Economy Losses Due to Covid-19 Cancellations 


Brooklyn Art Council Survey 

Demands for Museums and Galleries from People’s Cultural Plan

Museum Educator COVID-19 Work Loss Plans

National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER)

NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Survey for Nightlife Workers, Freelancers, and Businesses Impacted by COVID-19


Teaching Tools


Accessible Teaching 

Art & Design Studio Instruction in the Age of “Social Distancing”

Art History Teaching Resources

Please do a bad job of putting your courses online

Remote Teaching Resources 

Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption

Columbia/Coronavirus Teaching Tools for Faculty

How to Host a Watch Party on Facebook


Additional Resources


@artopencall Artist Resources During Coronavirus

Brooklyn Art Council Resource Guide 

Creative Capital Resources for Artists

Common Field Resources for the Artists Organization Field

Coronavirus Resource Kit (with sections for artists)

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Hyperallergic Daily Report on the Impact of COVID-19

LitHub: How You Can Support Bookstores During Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres

Artist Trust COVID-19 Response and Recovery Resources

Home With Your Kids? Writers Want to Help


This list is ever changing and is by no means comprehensive. We'll continue to add more listings as organizations make more offerings available. If you have something that you believe belongs on this list, please send it to the communcations office at [email protected].

Grants and Additional Resources

Grants and additional resources from the Artists' Resource Center