Please refer to Mendocino County Public Health Department for latest updates on pandemic mitigation orders and support.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has devastated communities with advanced community spread. In an effort to prevent an overwhelm of healthcare capacity, to keep as many people as healthy as possible, and to minimize long-term economic impact, in-person local events, performances, conferences, meetings, and fundraisers are postponed or cancelled for now. Our online calendar has a new category for virtual events. We have compiled a list of resources for artists and arts organizations seeking support below, and we will update this page as we learn of new opportunities, so please check back often.

It is unclear what the long term economic impact will be. As of this writing, it would be impossible to say with any clarity when life might return to normal. If we knew, we could plan and schedule exhibits, festivals, fairs, tours, workshops, tours, concerts, events... Unlike recent crises, this global pandemic is sparing no region of our inter-connected planet. We are all affected by this pandemic. The losses we have experienced to date as individuals, businesses, and organizations may never be recovered. The impact is staggeringly vast and we must be clear-eyed about how this pandemic is a unique and novel experience with impacts that go far beyond economic. Whether we consider the economic devastation, or other measures -- emotional, physical, etc. -- the vulnerable among us are hit especially hard. Although we are all experiencing this pandemic, we may be impacted in different ways and to wildly different degrees. Please support each other. Find ways to keep your creative practice alive, safely. Keep making connections with other artists, at a safe distance. Though we may not yet know when we will recover, eventually we will begin to form a vision of how we will recover.

It is likely that recovery will be long-term, and multi-phase. The current phase is, in part, one of assessment (although assessment itself will be on-going). You will find survey links below -- please take the surveys that are relevant to you as they will help funders and others know how best to help.

Soon, I hope, it will be possible to turn the power of our imaginative attention away from our losses, and begin to consider what we will create together. When it is available, we hope to deploy grant funding to get people back to work. If you have ideas, please reach out to us. Keep talking to each other. If we learned anything in the Redwood Complex Fire, it was that the faster a good idea spreads, the more likely it is to attract support.


Revised Shelter-In Place Order: SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

The most recent Health Officer Shelter in Place (SIP) Order effective upon release on September 22, 2020.

Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren issued a revised Shelter-In-Place (SIP) Order effective immediately. The most recent Health Officer SIP, continues the requirements for the new State tiered system, including the Widespread risk category (purple) Tier for Mendocino County, is significantly streamlined to avoid duplication with State orders, and modifies some local restrictions specific to transient lodging, campgrounds, service of alcohol at restaurants and tasting rooms, and “Stable Groups” (formerly “Stable Bubbles”).

Mendocino County’s revised SIP will be effective until rescinded.

CEO Report: Post Date: 09/08/2020

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide (PDF)




West Business Development Center August Webinars
Free Workshops from West Center


Masks and bottles of sanitizer for businesses to use for safety of their customers and staff. The Chamber office is the local hub for pickup.

Essential Guidelines for Arts Responders Organizing in the Aftermath of Disaster PDF

A Primer for State and Local Arts Councils, Arts Service Organizations, Community Foundations, and Other Non-Profit Groups

ArtistWorks for Libraries Free online Music Classes

Free world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons taught by highly accomplished and Grammy Award–winning music and art professionals.

Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Page

Freelance Artist Resources

California Arts Council

California Lawyers for the Arts

WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation)

American Alliance of Museums
Information about Economic Relief:

Performing Arts Reopening Guide

Emergency Resources for Artists (compiled by the Center for Cultural Innovation)

Oil Painters of America Covid Resources

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities - website Resources for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families during COVID-19


Emergency Resources for Artists and Freelancers (ongoing)

Apply now for the Business Innovation & Resiliency Grants:

for Mendocino County micro-businesses who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and need funds to reboot their businesses.

CERF+ Announces Launch of COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Artists:

financial assistance to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis.

Community Foundation of Mendocino County Grants Available

Support for individuals and families, small businesses, and non-profit organizations in Mendocino County.

Community Enrichment and Safety-Net Grant Application Now Available

The Community Enrichment and Safety Net Grant program is now open and accepting applications on our website. Up to $100,000 in funding for Community Enrichment projects, and $100,000 in funding for Safety Net projects is available this year. Individual grant awards range from $1,000-$5,000. Applicants are strongly advised to thoroughly review the changes to the guidelines for this year’s program. Organizations may apply for both grant programs if they qualify. Organizations are invited to apply at by October 2, 2020.

Community Foundation of Mendocino County ANGEL FUND for individuals experiencing hardship

Community Foundation of Mendocino County Zoom Subscription Grant Application

Community Foundation of Mendocino County SAVE THE DAY Fund for nonprofits experiencing unforeseen operational costs

HOW TO APPLY FOR CARES ACT FUNDS (assistance for individuals & small nonprofits):

Artist Relief Fund

Community Foundation of Mendocino County COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits

California Humanities Grants

California Arts Council CARES Humanities Grant


Please take a moment to complete any relevant surveys. Your responses help us to assess the impact of this pandemic on individuals, organizations, and businesses:

County of Mendocino Economic Disaster Survey for Businesses

Flynn Creek Circus Projected Audience Confidence Survey

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers

Americans for the Arts Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Arts and Cultural Organizations


CreateCA - CREATE AT HOME - the most engaging collections and activities for our home-bound students, a comprehensive – but not overwhelming site which is updated weekly.

Online Poetry Workshop for Youth California Poets in the Schools - A free, online poetry workshop for youth 1st-12th grades, with lessons created by professional poets throughout California.  

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Arts @ Home Resources for Students

SPACE School for Performing Arts Free Zoom Classes

Arts Education Online Learning in the time of Covid-19 - Recommended by California Alliance for Arts Education, a curated list of links to teaching/learning/growing from home. All are free unless noted.

Google Arts and Culture Google's partnership with various art institutions worldwide to offer virtual visitors online access to world-renowned art collections.

Mendocino Dance Project at-home Youth dance lessons:

Blake More online poetry lessons
1) letter to covid:

2) lesson looking at corona doldrums:

3) life after covid:

Oakland Museum of California
Arts at home resources for Students


Evolved Growth Strategies is offering advisory sessions for non profits



MendoAlert, the Mendocino County Emergency Alert and Notification Service

Mendocino County COVID-19 information:

Health Mendocino COVID-19 Resource Library

Sonoma County COVID-19 information:

Lake County COVID-19 information:

California Department of Public Health:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention:


Community Foundation of Mendocino County Resources for Nonprofits

Local Information and Support for Small Businesses:

California State information on business assistance:

Labor and Workforce Resources for Employers and Employees

Wildfire Resource Guide: A Message from Rep. Huffman

The wildfires we’re experiencing this month are some of the largest our state has ever seen, but Californians have learned through experience just what it takes to make it through these disasters.

After several years working with wildfire survivors, I know how complicated and daunting the recovery process can be. This year, we have an added threat that requires adapting the way we respond to fires – the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why I’ve developed a new Wildfire Resource Guide. I want to ensure you have the information and resources needed to safely navigate this fire in the face of a deadly pandemic and can quickly and easily recover when we come out on the other side.

The guide can be found here or by visiting my website. It includes information about all the federal resources currently available to those affected by the fires, including FEMA assistance and Small Business Administration loans. The guide will be updated if and when more resources become available.

My staff and I are here to help in any way we can. We are here for the long haul. Please don’t hesitate to call one of my district offices if you need assistance. If we aren’t the right place to get you what you need, my staff will guide you to the state and local resources too.

Thank you, and stay well.
Jared Huffman
Member of Congress


Event Safety Alliance:  Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak

Art House Convergence:  Preparedness Resources for Theaters and Festivals

ArtsReady:  Preparing for Potential Impact of the Coronavirus

National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER):  Preparedness for the Arts Sector

Teaching Artists Guild:  COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists

Freelance Artists:  COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

League of American Orchestras:  Coronavirus

CERF+ | The Artists Safety Net:  CERF+ Responds to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

American Alliance of Museums:  Resources & Information for the Museum Field

Theatre Communications Group:  Coronavirus Preparedness Webinarand Preparing for the Impact Resources

Events, Videos & Guides on preparing your organization:

HowlRound: Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis

Theater Communications GroupCoronavirus Preparedness for Theatres

HowlRound: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (American Sign Language interpreted & Closed Captioned).

Silent Rhythm's Inclusion 101: Inclusive "Distancing": a Guide for the Arts & Culture Sector on the Inclusion & Accessibility of Persons with Disabilities During COVID-19

DeVos Institute of of Arts Management: Practical Steps in a Time of Uncertainty (wise words from Michael M. Kaiser, Chairman, and Brett Egan, President)

Program Spotlight

Artist in the Spotlight

Event Spotlight


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