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.


Mendocino County

COVID-19 Case Data

updated daily

The State Places Mendocino County Back Into the Purple Tier

Post Date: 11/16/2020 4:30 PM
There has been an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases throughout California, particularly within the last 10 days. Mendocino County has also seen a rise in cases. Within the last seven days, our county’s case rate (average number of new cases per day) has jumped by 69%. Because of this surge, Mendocino County Public Health was alerted by the state that our county has officially re-entered Purple Tier 1, or “widespread” COVID-19 community risk status, effective Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

In line with new state guidelines, our new tier assignment is based on a seven-day average with a four-day lag. As of today, 41 of the 58 counties in California are now in the Purple Tier 1 as a result of the state’s revision.

“We’re disappointed that due to the new criteria developed by the state, our data requires we move back to the Purple Tier,” says County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren. “This impacts all Mendocino County residents. If your family has not been affected by the virus, it does not mean they never will be. It is when we as individuals let our guard down that COVID-19 has an opportunity to spread. Mendocino County is experiencing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, which is being fueled by household spread and continued gatherings. We urge business owners to abide by Public Health Guidelines. This includes limiting facility capacity as required, and prioritizing the health of your patrons. We also urge individuals and families to not engage with indoor gatherings of any size, even if no one reports feeling ill. This virus is deadly, and can spread quietly through asymptomatic carriers.”

In alignment with the state's Purple Tier 1 category, the following industries must abide by these guidelines in order to slow the spread of COVID-19:

> Restaurants must operate by means of takeout or outdoor dining only, while abiding by social distancing requirements, as well as facial covering requirements when not consuming food.
> Gyms must operate outdoors only, while abiding by social distancing and facial covering requirements.
> Places of worship must operate outdoors only, while abiding by social distancing and facial covering requirements.
> Retail stores are limited to a maximum of 25% capacity, while abiding by social distancing and facial covering requirements.
> Skilled Nursing Facilities may no longer have in-person visitors.
> Schools may remain open for on-campus instruction, if they had already opened on-campus instruction while the county was in the Red Tier. Such schools are urged to ask staff to test for COVID-19 regularly. If a school did not re-open on-campus instruction in the Red Tier, their campus must remain closed.
The state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy lays out a clear picture of what the different tiers mean to each business sector. For a complete list of allowable activities under the Purple Tier 1, please visit As a reminder, all businesses must complete a COVID-19 self-certification process prior to opening for the first time at

“Mendocino County staff started preparing a COVID-19 pandemic response months ago, building a strong county response team,” said County CEO Carmel Angelo. “We are here as disaster service workers and will continue to serve the public, 24/7, as long as our COVID-19 pandemic response is needed.”

The state is re-starting the time clocks for all counties, requiring that Mendocino County spend at least 21 days in the Purple Tier 1, and meet Red Tier 2 requirements for two consecutive weeks before advancing to the next less restrictive tier. To help continue the progressive re-opening process, the public is urged to wear a mask, practice social distancing and frequent handwashing, stay home when sick and avoid gatherings. The public must follow isolation and quarantine requirements.

Revised Shelter-In Place Order: NOVEMBER 17, 2020

The most recent Health Officer Shelter in Place (SIP) Order effective upon release on November 17, 2020.

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

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide (PDF)




Californians for the Arts, the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, California Presenters and the California Association of Museums, are co-hosting the statewide media campaign. We mobilized our efforts as we need to raise awareness about the dire needs of our sector, including the call to reopen arts safely with state-issued guidelines and how the arts can be a part of the solution to California’s recovery and to maintaining our collective mental health as we continue to live through the pandemic. The majority of California’s arts and cultural organizations have been closed for nine months and many are facing existential threats.Two-thirds of arts workers are unemployed. Now is the time to articulate the need collectively so policymakers, the media, and the public are aware of the impact and contributions of our sector.

Use our toolkit to reach out to your local press, write an op-ed, target your elected officials, and post on social media. Access the toolkit to make your voice heard.

West Business Development Center Workshops
Free Workshops from West Center

West Center Tools for Surviving in a COVID-19 Economy
Download the Business Resource Guide

West Center has developed a handy COVID business resource guide.

Also included is a complete resource list of business services in your county. The guide is free and informative.


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


ACMC CARES Act Grants Program for Organizations Serving Communities of Color in Mendocino County

Grants to aid local arts and culture organizations serving socially vulnerable populations within their communities that are not eligible for the direct CARES Act stimulus grants. DEADLINE TO APPLY is December 4, 2020 at 5 PM.

County of Mendocino Announces Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Two Funding Opportunities for-profit micro-businesses in Mendocino County
Federal CARES Act grant of $500,000 to be disbursed by December 30, 2020

North Coast Opportunities COVID-19 Immediate Relief

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 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:

Californians for the Arts

Statewide Covid-19 Economic Impact Survey for Artists and Cultural Workers

Statewide Covid-19 Economic Impact Survey for Creative Organizations and Businesses

(These two SURVEYS CLOSES FRIDAY! Please take 10 minutes to fill out today so we can effectively advocate for the field.)

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


Mendocino County Library K-12 Student Digital Resources


Articles and Databases

E-books & Entertainment

Virtual Library Events

Contact Information:
Ukiah Library, 105 N. Main St., Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4490

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

ACMC Monthly Zoom Meeting

to share ideas for resilience, recovery and reinvention during the time of Covid.
Dec 7, Noon - 1:30 pm