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CRAFT cares. Our mission to help individuals and institutions throughout the entire ecosystem of arts and entertainment is even more relevant now as we face this unprecedented global health and economic crisis.  COVID-19 is further exposing the very cracks in the infrastructure that inspired the founding of The CRAFT Institute.  As we recognize the impact of this crisis on our most vulnerable communities, we remain committed to serving as a bridge between academia and industry and helping fix the broken pipelines that make it difficult if not impossible for people from historically underrepresented groups to gain entry and succeed in careers throughout the ecosystem of the entertainment industry. Rather than seeking a return to normal, we encourage rest, reflection and the reimagining of the healthy and equitable possibilities for new pathways to our work as artists, educators and industry insiders.  Together, we will get through this.

CRAFT is actively monitoring developments related to the spread of coronavirus through a variety of sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), and other local and national news outlets.  We encourage all individuals and institutions to continue to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC and both your local and national health officials. 

CRAFT has compiled a list of resources below for those seeking help, reliable information, access to the arts, remote teaching resources and job opportunities during this difficult time.  As we adapt to remote teaching and learning let us consider the ways it can necessarily expand how we teach theatre, film, television and related media platforms to more accurately reflect the cultural world views and demographics of the nation and the world.  We are happy to link to other crowd-sourced resources in solidarity with the individuals and institutions coming together to support one another during this difficult time so please feel free to forward any links to resources you would like to share here. 


If you are interested in remote coaching and consulting, workshops, lectures, seminars and events as well as programs that support artists and organizations whose work is representative of our mission, please contact us.  We will update the site to confirm when we resume regular activities.

National News Updates
World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease and Control (CDC)
The New York Times
Live Updates - No subscription needed.
The Washington Post -- Live Updates
Live Updates - No subscription needed.
Relief for Artists of Color and Arts Leaders of Color
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund 
The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund supports “BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists & arts administrators impacted by COVID-19 through $200 microgrants.”
Bloom Fund
"The Bloom Fund is a platform for funding projects by Black, Indigenous and People of Color creators. The fund focuses on the categories of Visual Arts, Literature, Small Business, Non-Profit, Research, and Educators"
Brooklyn Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund
“The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund operates in alignment with the Foundation’s racial justice lens, which prioritizes support for nonprofits that work towards racial equity, are led by members of affected communities, and center the voices of those directly impacted by structural racism in decision-making."
Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
“This fund is to help at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis. Priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color, but the fund will help as many queer writers of color as it can.”
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts NY
"Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts NY provides free or low-fee legal services to protect and educate individuals and arts organizations across the state."
"Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts NY provides free or low-fee legal services to protect and educate individuals and arts organizations across the state."
International Association of Blacks in Dance (Emergency Fund)
"Emergency assistance funds for food, housing, healthcare and any other economic hardships brought about by the COVID-19 disruption. IABD’s first priority is the health and safety of our dance family.
"The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries."
Remote Job Opportunties
The CRAFT Institute
Learn more about how you can help us further our mission
Forward Together
Non-Profit - "Forward Together unites communities to win rights, recognition and resources for all families."
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Policy and Advocacy
Relief for Businesses and Non-Profits
U.S. Small Business Association: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
"The U.S. S.B.A. provides information about loans and business development and guidance for employers."
Nonprofit Finance Fund Loan
"The NFF is providing no-interest loans ranging from $100,000 to $3M to NYC nonprofits supporting arts and culture, essential healthcare, food delivery, homeless services, workforce development, and more..”
Relief for Non-Profits (Theatre and Artists)
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource Page
"Find resources for quantifying economic impact of canceled work; advocacy, legal, and financial information; working and teaching online;  maintaining health; and combating racism."
American Association of Community Theatre
"AACT is committed to helping theatres find needed answers amid the current global health crisis."
Save Our Stages Act
"Section 324 of the legislation grants the Small Business Administration authority to issue grants to live venue operators, promoters, theatrical producers, performing arts groups, movie theaters and talent representatives.
**Posting on behalf of the Coalition For Professional Non Profit Theatres, National Independent Venue Association, and Theatre Communications Group**
Relief Non
Relief for Students of Campuses & Remote Teaching Resources
US Department of Education COVID-19 Resource List
"Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") into communities across the United States."
Student Voice
"In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Student Voice is committed to addressing the educational inequity exacerbated by this health crisis through rapid response advocacy campaigns and digital organizing."
Free Resources for Students from a variety of Companies/Organization (i.e. Adobe, Amazon, etc.)
"In response to the number of states, districts and schools affected by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), education technology companies have stepped forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways. In many cases, the companies are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; in other cases, they're lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what's free." **List Updated Daily**
Relief Stud
International COVID-19 Funds for Artists and Organizations
Amnesty International
"Our common humanity unites us all. Stay Informed. Be Inspired. Take Action"
The Global Fund
"The Global Fund, the largest multilateral funder of health systems worldwide, is providing immediate funding of up to US$1 billion to help countries fight COVID-19"
WHO Response Fund
"The World Health Organization Response Fund"
United Nations
"The United Nations is calling for solidarity and increased funding, as some of the world’s most vulnerable countries scale up their efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic."
COVID-19 Entertainment Streams and Live Theatre Online
"Stream the most popular Broadway shows!"
National Theatre (UK)
"Enjoy World Class Theatre, Online!"
AirTable List of Online Programming
"Alternation Online programming!"
COV 19 Ent
Mental Health Resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Resource Guide 
"The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness”
National Hotlines
National Distress HotLine
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Crisis TalkLine
Text TALK to 741741
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