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, many 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.
California Dept of Public Health
Mendo Mobile Testing is a pilot program created to bring COVID-19 testing directly to the employers of Mendocino County.
The County of Mendocino is continuing to vaccinate all individuals in Phase IA, all tiers. We have moved on to Phase IB Tier 1 including those over 75 years old, EMS, School and Childcare Staff, and Food and Agricultural workers.
Effective Friday, January 29, 2021, Mendocino County Public Health issued a revised Health Order Regarding COVID-19 Protocol for Schools. This revised Health Order allows Mendocino County schools to begin the re-opening process for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. The revised health order may be viewed by visiting https://www.mendocinocounty.org/home/showpublisheddocument?id=40285.
“We are now able to start the process of re-opening our schools, due to our efforts as a community to avoid gatherings, wear masks, and maintain social distance,” explained Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Andrew Coren. Schools are able to reopen because Mendocino County is currently in the state’s COVID-19 Purple Tier.
“In addition to those efforts, we here at Public Health are thrilled that our efforts to vaccinate as many teachers as possible have been successful, with much assistance from the Mendocino County Office of Education, Mendocino County school districts, schools, teachers, staff, parents, community partners, rural clinics and Adventist Health.”
“This pandemic has tested all of us,” said Mendocino County Office of Education Superintendent Michelle Hutchins. “However, as often happens in Mendocino County, we find that by working together we can achieve a lot. The Mendocino County Office of Education is grateful for the partnership with Public Health, and we are continually impressed by the tireless efforts of school district superintendents and school leaders countywide.”
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.
Round Three: Applications due March 15, awards announced by May 15.
California recently announced a $500 million Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant program for eligible small business owners, nonprofits, and cultural institutions who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the health and safety restrictions. Grants up to $25,000 will be given to eligible small businesses and nonprofits to help cover expenses during the pandemic.
Two Funding Opportunities for-profit micro-businesses in Mendocino County
Federal CARES Act grant of $500,000 to be disbursed by December 30, 2020
Emergency Resources for Artists and Freelancers (ongoing)
Apply now for the Business Innovation & Resiliency Grants: https://www.westcenter.org/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): https://independentsector.org/resource/caresact/#1585589103375-1ce64dd6-3241
ARTS-SPECIFIC INFORMATION AND RESPONSE
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.
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.
CalNonprofits: Resources to help nonprofits thrive
The COVID-19 emergency has highlighted the power of collaboration within the arts community at every level, and this list showcases that network.
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.
A Primer for State and Local Arts Councils, Arts Service Organizations, Community Foundations, and Other Non-Profit Groups
Free world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons taught by highly accomplished and Grammy Award–winning music and art professionals.
California Arts Council
California Lawyers for the Arts
WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation)
American Alliance of Museums
Information about Economic Relief:
Emergency Resources for Artists (compiled by the Center for Cultural Innovation) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xv238DlW_9HWhJTHr561r8fPaD4BSzOZraDOm2ESyeA/edit#heading=h.tro2rlkgj00l
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities – website Resources for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families during COVID-19
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:
Community Foundation of Mendocino County COVID-19 Impact on Mendocino County Non-Profits January 2021 Survey
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
ARTS EDUCATION AT HOME
Mendocino County Library K-12 Student Digital Resources
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.
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.
Blake More online poetry lessons
1) letter to covid: https://www.bmoreyou.net/2020/04/06/viral-poetry/
2) lesson looking at corona doldrums: https://www.bmoreyou.net/2020/04/28/bored-boring-a-poetry-lesson-for-the-corona-doldrums/
3) life after covid: https://www.bmoreyou.net/2020/05/14/life-after-integrating-the-new-you/
Oakland Museum of California
Arts at home resources for Students
IN KIND SUPPORT
Evolved Growth Strategies is offering advisory sessions for non profits http://www.evolvedgrowthstrategies.com/covid-19-support
HEALTH AGENCY INFORMATION AND RESPONSE
New COVID-19 testing opportunities through OptumServe in Fort Bragg, Point Arena and Anderson Valley. Please go online to https://www.lhi.care/covidtesting and register as a patient prior to arrival. By registering you will be issued a patient ID number, which you will need to bring with you to the location. Note: no appointments required, but registering (creating your account) prior to arrival will streamline the testing process.”
These tests are available for people who are asymptomatic. Surveillance testing helps our hospitals and decision makers stay informed so they can respond appropriately to the true rate of spread. Even with a negative test result, please remember to continue to wear your mask, sanitize, isolate if you feel unwell, avoid gatherings, and when you choose to socialize with people outside of your stable household bubble, do so outdoors or in ventilated areas where all are masked and distanced.
Mendocino County COVID-19 information:
Healthy Mendocino COVID-19 Resource Library http://www.healthymendocino.org/tiles/index/display?id=197116778644932706
Sonoma County COVID-19 information:
Lake County COVID-19 information:
California Department of Public Health:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention:
ECONOMIC INFORMATION AND RESPONSE
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.
Member of Congress
MORE PREPAREDNESS LINKS
Event Safety Alliance: Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak
Art House Convergence: Preparedness Resources for Theaters and Festivals
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
Events, Videos & Guides on preparing your organization:
Theater Communications Group: Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres
HowlRound: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (American Sign Language interpreted & Closed Captioned).
DeVos Institute of of Arts Management: Practical Steps in a Time of Uncertainty (wise words from Michael M. Kaiser, Chairman, and Brett Egan, President)