Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mississippi Arts Commission has worked in emergency preparedness for the arts and disaster recovery to support our constituents before, during, and after times of crisis. We are here to help you or your local arts entity in any way possible.
We are all in this together, and if you need a little encouragement, the video below should do the trick. Keep scrolling to learn about resources and opportunities.
COVID-19 Guidance & Resources
As COVID-19 spreads, we recognize that this health concern presents special challenges for the arts sector, especially those hosting mass gatherings, such as performances, festivals, screenings, and the like.
How is MAC responding to COVID-19?
For Current Grantees: If out of an abundance of caution you have chosen to alter, postpone, or cancel your planned grant activities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, complete this COVID-19 MAC Grant Change Form. Submit the completed form to Kristen Brandt, email@example.com or mail the form to MAC offices at 501 North West Street Suite 1101A, Jackson, MS 39201.
MAC CARES Emergency Grants: In response to the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, MAC has created MAC CARES Emergency Grants. The program’s current special funding opportunity provides one-time grants to non-profit arts organizations in Mississippi to provide immediate financial support to these organizations due to the income shortfalls created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for this program comes from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts through the 2020 federal CARES Act.
Other COVID-19 Resources:
Americans for the Arts has created a resource center on their website with an exhaustive list of funding opportunities for artists and arts organizations as well as guidance on re-opening. Americans for the Arts is also collecting data and impact stories through this survey. ArtsReady has also shared information for event venues.
The Mississippi State Department of Health is also providing resources for the general public via its website as well as a call center dedicated to coronavirus inquiries. Call 1-877-978-6453 with any questions you may have.
Below you will find links to documents and resources that may be helpful to you for emergency preparedness and recovery. You should track the information and guidance regarding the outbreak from your local and national health organizations:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Guidance for Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Guidance for Mass Gatherings
Resources for Artists:
- COVID-19 & Freelance Artists – listing of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
- While At Home – Listing of Relief Funds and Grants (organized by artist genre and need)
- Artwork Archive – Financial Relief Resources for Artists
- Foundation for the Contemporary Arts – Emergency Grant for artists in the fields of dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and visual arts
- The Artist Fellowship – Emergency Grant for Visual Artists
- Association of Performing Arts Professionals – Guidance & Resources
- Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic – Panel (recorded)
- “Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Individuals” – Creative Capital Webinar (recorded)
- Association of Teaching Artists & Arts Education Stakeholders – Webinar (recorded)
- “Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak” by Dr. Daphnie Sicre of Loyola Marymount University
- Alliance of Artists Communities – Resources for Artist Residencies
Resources for Organizations:
- Washington State Arts Commission – “Creative Borrowing for Your COVID19 Comeback” – Webinar & Manual
- Event Safety Alliance – Reopening Guide
- American Alliance of Museums – Resources and Information for the Museum Field
- Association of Art Museum Curators – Resource Page
- American Choral Directors Association – COVID Response Report with guidance and action steps for both virtual and hybrid performances as well as for safer in-person performances
- Performing Arts Readiness – Guidance for Performing Arts Centers
- Symphony Spot – Performance Directory with links to examples of virtual performances produced across a variety of platforms
- Theatre Communications Group – Webinar (recorded)
- League of American Orchestras – Guidance & Discussion Group
- National Performance Network – Statement & Resources
- Event Safety Alliance – Webinar (recorded) & Slides
- “A Comprehensive List of Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers During the Coronavirus Outbreak” by David Spinks
- “The Commonsense Guide to Coronavirus for Events and Conferences” by Brandon Rafalson
- Periodic Table for High Concern Communication by Dr. Vincent Covello
- 33 Item Risk and Crisis Communication Checklist by Dr. Vincent Covello
- Message Template: Message Development for Emergency Communication (Source: CDC CERC Manual)
Many national arts organizations have also compiled resources for artists and arts organizations:
- National Endowment for the Arts – Resource Page
- Americans for the Arts – Resource Page
- National Assembly of State Arts Agencies – Resource Page
- CERF+ – Resource Page
- National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER) – Resource Page
- Creative Capital – Resource Page
- ArtPlace America – Resource Page
General Emergency Preparedness Plan & Disaster Response
Below are links to resources that we hope will assist you as you create an emergency preparedness plan and as you organize in the aftermath of a disaster.
National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response Essential Guidelines for Arts Responders Organizing in the Aftermath of Disaster
Crisis Communications Resources
In our increasingly connected world, it should come as no surprise that arts organizations, like all other entities, are vulnerable to public controversies and crises. Several arts partners have assembled helpful plans to guide arts organizations through these times without creating lasting damage.
Other local, regional and national resources
Below are a few organizations that provide assistance and support for artists and arts organizations in times of disaster.
- National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- American Alliance of Museums
- Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)
- The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
- Heritage Preservation: Heritage Emergency National Task Force
- Institute for Museum and Library Services
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
- Mississippi Emergency Management Agency