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Artist Relief Aid and Resources

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

Emergency Aid
Oklahoma Visual Artists Emergency Grant
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource
Freelance Artist Resource
COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
National Endowment for the Arts
Oklahoma Arts Emergency Resource Page
Oklahoma Arts Council
YoungArts Alumni Emergency Microgrants
COVID-19 Rental/Mortgage/Utility Assistance
Oklahoma City Office of Emergency Management
All Access Arts Online
Arts Council OKC
Artist Relief Project
Artly World
Artist Relief
Artist Relief
Artist Care Fund
Art House Dallas
APPLICATIONS CLOSED Anonymous was a Woman Emergency Relief Grant
Anonymous Was A Woman/New York Foundation for the Arts
Emergency Fund
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
The Photographer Fund
What the Fund
Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Freelance Co-op
Artist + Activist Relief Fund
The Soze Foundation
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund (for service workers)
One Fair Wage
The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
The Haven Foundation Assistance Grants *not COVID-19 specific*
The Haven Foundation
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
New York Foundation for the Arts
Artist Relief Tree Waitlist
Artist Relief Tree
CERF+ Emergency Assistance Inquiry
CERF+ The Artist Safety Net
COVID-19 Relief Fund Application
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Other Resources

Other Resources

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 ( and maintained by Kelsey Karper (

- 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

Virtal Art Activities

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. 

Flip the Gallery
Living Arts
Make sure to check out our Facebook Page for all the exciting activities this week! All art crafts and video lessons are saved on the page!
OSU Museum of Art
Starting June 1st, the OSU Museum of Art’s #SummerCamp online art-engagement series will feature special themed segments on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 AM. We will share educational tutorials, art and movement routines, STEAM activities, design challenges, scavenger hunts, downloadable games, fun crafts, and more.
108 Contemporary
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a new video series called #108CraftingPositivity. We are reaching out to artists to engage in conversations about the current situation and how they stay creative during isolation. Stay healthy and keep crafting positivity!
Mix-Tape 360
Factory Obscura
Experience Oklahoma City’s favorite hand-crafted, immersive art experience on a whole new level, with never-before-published photos, stories, factoids, and more.
Factory Obscura Online
Factory Obscura
Factory Obscura's artists are excited to SUPPORT your family time, help you CREATE fun things at home, and AWAKEN all your wonder in all the ways! Check back weekly for new videos, arts activities, and resources.
Online Seek and Find
Gilcrease Museum of Art
Explore the Gilcrease Museum online collection in a whole new way with our seek and find activities. With interactive zoom features, you can discover details you may have missed before.
Gilcrease Museum of Art
Follow Gilcrease Museum on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up with our #UnexpectedGilcrease series. You can find this week's Maker Moment and Curatorial Talks on our website, all inspired by #UnexpectedGilcrease.
"Living with Art" Blog
JRB Art at the Elms
Read along as Joy Reed Belt talks about art through past experiences and current events.
Daily Art at the Museum
OSU Museum of Art
Daily Art at the Museum arose from our desire to engage virtually with our Stillwater community in a more personal, accessible, and familiar way. Every day at 10 AM, we will share a video provided by our staff consisting of educational tutorials, academic help, art and movement routines, and more.
106 Virtual Showcase
OU School of Visual Arts
Take a walk through our virtual gallery to experience the artwork the SoVA community has produced this year.
OAEA Young Talent in Oklahoma
Oklahoma Art Education Association
While the Young Talent in Oklahoma (YTIO) reception and awards ceremony was cancelled, the YTIO Committee has been hard at work to ensure that everyone is able to see all of the deserving works that were accepted into this year’s exhibition.
Oklahoma Artist Gallery
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Artist Gallery is your destination for finding many of Oklahoma’s finest visual artists. With more artists being unveiled all the time, the OVAC Artist Gallery is an excellent resource for anyone seeking artists for exhibitions, commissions, public art, or special projects.
#ArtMovesOKC Live Streams
Arts Council OKC
Art Moves provides free art events each workday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Art Council OKC's facebook page, previously located at various downtown buildings and public spaces.
All Access Arts Online
Arts Council OKC
All Access Arts is now providing its usual quality programming content online using a 3-tiered plan including updated curriculum, online instructional video, and supplemental materials to help continue learning beyond the initial lesson.
#AtHomeArt Projects
Oklahoma Contemporary
At-home art projects inspired by Bright Golden Haze artists
MGMOA Virtual Tours
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Take a virtual tour of mummies, learn insights on your favorite exhibitions and more.
Social Distance Studio
ahha Tulsa
Ideas for creative projects with supplies you can find at home!
Distance Learning Arts Education Resources
ahha Tulsa
A list of ahha's favorite arts education resources to help you cultivate your children’s creativity during distance learning.
Oklahoma Artist Marketplace
Philbrook Museum of Art
In partnership with OVAC (Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition), Philbrook is launching an emergency response online marketplace to support the sale of works by local artists. 100% of sale proceeds will go directly to artists (Shipping fee is coordinated with artist after purchase).
Philbrook Stay Connected
Philbrook Museum of Art
A variety of virtual art events and activities through Philbrook, including live streams, museum tour videos, and more.
Virtual OKCMOA
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
A virtual experience of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art
New Light
Oklahoma Contemporary
Creative content blog for your quarantine
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