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.
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 www.covid19.ca.gov. As a reminder, all businesses must complete a COVID-19 self-certification process prior to opening for the first time at www.mendocinocountybusiness.org.
“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.
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.
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. 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.
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
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.
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
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
(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 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
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:
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)