Arts and Culture COVID-19 Resources
Last updated: Tuesday June 16, 2020
Below you will find a collection of resources that may be relevant to you and/or the artists, arts professionals, and organizations with whom you work. We will continue to update this page for as long as it may be useful.
News and Information
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Updated daily with the latest national information about COVID-19, this page provides specific information, such as the following:
- Information for communities, schools, and businesses
- Resources for large community events & mass gatherings
- Resources for Businesses and Employers
Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH)
HawaiiCovid19.com: The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) website for the public to access the latest information on COVID-19 in Hawai‘i. The State of Hawai‘i has mobilized an inter-agency collaborative effort to keep the community safe and healthy. The website provides timely information and resources on the coronavirus, including guidance on how to prevent and mitigate community spread, common symptoms of COVID-19, and frequently asked questions.
DOH Office of Language Access
COVID-19 Multilingual: The Office of Language Access (OLA) has translated COVID-19 materials from the Hawaii Department of Health and other agencies into multiple languages.
Hawai‘i Governor’s Office
Governor Ige’s website newsroom has been posting about state actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Arts and Cultural Sector Resources: Hawai‘i
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
- Arts Activities and Resources: a list compiled by SFCA staff, with various arts experiences accessible online, for all ages and abilities. Includes links to lesson plans for educators, coloring pages, and activities suitable for people doing shelter in place.
- Biennium Grants: The use of funding through the Biennium Grant Program has been amended to allow for grantees to utilize funds for general operating. Contact Brittany Rakowitz, SFCA Community Arts Coordinator, by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (808) 586-0309.
- SFCA Distribution of CARES Act Relief Fund: the SFCA CARES Act Relief Fund is a one-time grant open to those non-profit organizations that have been reviewed and recommended for award by the SFCA through its Biennium Grant FY2020 and FY2021 panels. Qualifying organizations will be notified individually and will receive a login to the application.
Unemployment Information for Artists Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Question 1: How do I file for unemployment?
Go to the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) website, labor.hawaii.gov.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expanded unemployment insurance (UI) to cover people who typically do not qualify for UI, including those who are self-employed, independent contractors, or gig workers. The DLIR is working with the United States Department of Labor to establish these programs and will provide more information when available.
- DLIR information on what unemployment benefits are and how to apply: Unemployment Benefits – Apply Now
- DLIR COVID-19 Eligibility: COVID-19 Eligibility FAQs.
- Independent Contractors and Self-Employed: the DLIR says independent contractors and the self-employed who are out of work should apply for unemployment insurance benefits via a new online form. Get the link and read more in their March 23, 2020 news release “State Establishes New Webform for Filing Unemployment Claims“.
Question 2: I’m an independent contractor. How many employers do I need to list?
List all employment for the past 18 months. This includes part-time, full time, and out-of-state employment.
Question 3: I freelance and do not have the formal status of an S Corp. Do I still qualify?
You will have to apply for unemployment benefits to determine if you are eligible, whether or not you have S Corp status.
Question 4: I am a teaching artist paid by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA). The school I teach at also provided funding. Do I write down both the SFCA and the school as my contractors?
If you receive payments directly from the SFCA and directly from the school, yes. Write the SFCA down as a contractor and write the school down as a contractor.
Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities
- HIHumanities CARES Act Grants are focused on aiding nonprofits that engage the public through humanities, cultural, and civic engagement programing (such as cultural organizations, museums, archives, historic and cultural sites, and other non-profits doing community programing), and those who are serving under-resourced communities.
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance
The Hawai‘i Arts Alliance (Arts Alliance) is a statewide private non-profit that champions the arts and artists. As the state captain for Americans for the Arts, the Arts Alliance is creating a statewide artists’ database to better advocate for and support all types of artists who are permanent residents of the Hawaiian Islands, living in-state year-round. Learn more about the plans for the database and how to be included on the Arts Alliance website: Hawai‘i Arts Alliance Creative Network.
Arts and Cultural Sector Resources: National
Artist Relief Grants
- Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19 and serve as an ongoing informational resource. The fund will operate through September 2020.
Americans for the Arts
- AFTA Action Fund: CARES Act Table of Loan, Grant and Compensation Opportunities for the Arts.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center, up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field, including economic relief initiatives for artists and arts organizations.
- 5-Minute Survey: The Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector. This survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus have had on arts and cultural organizations and artists since that date.
- AFTA News Room. Includes Weekly Web Roundups and current legislation affecting the arts.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
COVID-19 Resources for the Performing Arts. A list compiled by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Arts Program consisting of resources for arts organizations and artists contending with the impacts of COVID-19.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
- NEA CARES Act Funding Announcement The National Endowment for the Arts announced on April 8, 2020 its guidelines to swiftly distribute funding to nonprofit arts organizations from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the spread of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations links to organizations providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations.
- NEA FAQs and Information for Applicants and Grantees in response to COVID-19
Small Business Relief
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- Hawai‘i State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), Business Development and Support Division: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program information for Hawaii businesses (including private non-profit organizations)
Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)
The WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations is a competitive grant program, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law in March 2020. The WESTAF CARES Relief Fund provides general operating support to arts and culture organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The WESTAF region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Grant applications open May 6, 2020. For additional information and to apply, visit https://westafcares.gosmart.org/. (This grant is now closed.)