In response to the recent global health crisis, OVAC is compiling resources and emergency relief aid that is available to Oklahoma artists.
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Emergency Aid for Artists
- Vulture article on arts organizations on mitigating disaster during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Previously recorded HowlRound TV virtual panel recording: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned). For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines. Recorded on March 16, 2020.
- Upcoming HowlRound TV virtual panel: Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis. Will stream live on Thursday, March 26, at 1:00 pm (CT).
- The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation created an easy-to-use checklist with tips on preparing for a period with reduced income.
- Coronavirus 2020 Artist Relief Funds; an active Google sheet with information describing emergency relief applications.
- Oklahoma Artist Talents and Skills database form for artists; created by Rainbow Militia Circus (rainbowmilitiacircus.com) and maintained by Kelsey Karper (kelseykarper.com).
- Freelancers Union article: How freelancers can claim paid sick leave in a coronavirus emergency.
- New York Foundation for the Arts has made the majority of their professional development programs free for the immediate future. These opportunities will all take place remotely so anyone with an internet connection can register and join. Visit their event page to view all of their event offerings.
- Opportunity for art handlers: DIETL International is accepting submissions from art technicians currently unemployed due to COVID-19.
Virtual Art Activities and Resources
Many arts organizations have created virtual activities and resources online meant to keep people involved, informed, and having fun during this crisis, including virtual galleries and museum tours, video tutorials, live streams, and more.