We are living in unprecedented, uncertain times. Just like you, we at CBCA are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, as well as our local, state and national governments, and adhering to their recommendations in order to slow the spread of this novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of CBCA’s upcoming events have been postponed, canceled, or will be moved to virtual platforms. Please check our website for updates.
CBCA is dedicated to advancing Colorado’s creative economy. In these challenging times, we will continue to compile and share resources to help artists, creative professionals and nonprofit cultural organizations manage the impact of this crisis. There are also numerous ways that the rest of our constituents can support the creative sector and ensure that the arts remain a part of our lives.
It is now that we need the arts most as a society to unite us, provide comfort, and ease stress in troubling times. We must do our part with positivity, hope, compassion and action.
Resources for Artists, Creative Professionals, Businesses and Cultural Organizations
- A national freelance artists resource list (includes emergency funding opportunities, virtual events, mental health resources, advocacy alerts, etc.)
- CERF+ Artist Safety Net
- Colorado Artist Talents and Skills Database. What other skills or opportunities can you offer during this time?
- Economic Impact Survey from Americans for the Arts (national)
- Needs and Impact Survey from RedLine Contemporary Arts Center (local)
- Apply for financial assistance or emergency relief funds through one of these Colorado funds:
- Denver Actors Fund Emergency Artist Relief (theatre artists)
- RiNo Support Fund Micro-Grants (RiNo Arts District)
- IMAGINE 2020 Artist Assistance Fund (Denver Arts & Venues, City of Denver)
- Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists Grant (Boulder County Arts Alliance)
- Rocky Mountain Music Relief Fund
- Denver Metro Area Artist Relief Fund (crowd-funded, artist-organized)
- Colorado Artist Relief Fund (crowd-funded, artist-organized)
- Apply for financial assistance or emergency relief funds through one of these national funds:
- Americans for the Arts’ COVID-19 resource and response center
- Colorado Small Business Development Centers COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources
- Disaster Loan Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (contact your local SBDC for technical assistance)
- Denver Small Business Emergency Relief Funds
- The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland – offering pro bono consultations to any U.S.-based nonprofit arts or culture organization between March and June 2020
- Legal Alerts and Resources from Snell & Wilmer, Holland & Hart and Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete
- 303 Magazine resources for musicians
- Submit video art to Black Cube Nomadic Art Museum‘s open call ($200 cash prize)
- Submit content to the WeAreDenver Livestream Network
- Other aggregated lists of resources and assistance: Colorado Creative Industries, Denver Arts & Venues, Cultural Office of Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), KUVO, Philanthropy Colorado, StateraArts, Colorado Nonprofit Association, B:CIVIC, Creative Capital, Grantmakers in the Arts
Informational Webinars and Virtual Discussions
- TRG Arts’ Virtual Roundtable Series. These are weekly 30-minute virtual conversations with Jill Robinson, CEO
- Differentiation Zone Weekly Strategy Conference Calls, led by Karla Raines from Corona Insights, every Tuesday at 10:00 am
- Collaborative of the SCFD will host virtual roundtable meetings. Next is Friday, March 27 at 12 noon focusing Spring/Summer Festivals Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 509 175 617; or+16699009128,,509175617# US)
- Pivot! How to change business models and find new opportunities, even in crisis on March 27 at 12:00 pm MT
- Maximizing the Online Economy and Making the Most of Your Copyrights (Part 1 – Music) on April 1 at 11:30 am MT
- Maximizing the Online Economy and Making the Most of Your Copyrights (Part 2 – Visual Artists & Writers) on April 2 at 11:30 am MT
- Maximizing the Online Economy and Making the Most of Your Copyrights (Part 3 – Film) on April 3 at 11:30 am MT
How can you support the creative sector?
- If you had tickets to an upcoming cultural event (i.e., performance, concert, exhibition, lecture), consider donating that ticket back to the organization.
- Purchase a gift certificate now for a future arts event or experience. Invest in your own cultural future by supporting arts organizations today.
- Make a financial donation directly to a cultural organization. You can find a list of SCFD organizations in the Denver metro or search statewide through ColoradoGives.org
- Hire an artist! This is a crowd-sourced database of Colorado artist with various skills. Do you need some web design done? Social media? Tutoring? Translation? Babysitting? Career coaching?
- Donate to one of the local crowd-funded artist-organized Artist Relief Funds: Denver Metro Area Artist Relief Fund and the Colorado Artist Relief Fund
- Did you know that you can donate your Colorado state refund to a nonprofit? Use this opportunity to support the arts through ReFund CO.
- If you’re an organization that typically hires artists, please consider continuing to support those professionals (For example, check out Youth on Record’s response).
- Springboard for the Arts’ principles for ethical cancellations (if you had to cancel events due to social distancing precautions)
- CPR’s Indie 102.3 lists 10 ways you can help Colorado’s music scene
We need the arts in our lives more than ever! What else can you do to feed your soul and benefit from the power of creativity?
- Explore a museum virtually! Many Colorado museums, including the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, as well as thousands of museums across the globe, enable you to explore their collections and facility online.
- Tune-in and support the NoCo Live From Home Showcase, a weekly livestream concert page dedicated to Northern Colorado artists, and the upcoming Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival
- Explore Denver’s Public Art Collection through a virtual tour
- Boulder Arts Week is going ONLINE (March 27 – April 4)
- Get daily creative inspiration and activities from organizations like Inside the Orchestra and Lighthouse Writers
- Check out the creative activities, educational guides and entertainment sources through your local libraries, like Anythink (Adams County) and Denver Public Library
- Take a virtual safari with the Denver Zoo
- Check out Peak Radar Virtual to see what online cultural opportunities are happening in Colorado Springs
- Try some at-home science experiments with Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- Tune your Spotify playlist to a Colorado band or musician. Listen to a Colorado podcast, like Headroom Sessions or through House of Pod.
- The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing due to the spread of Coronavirus.
- Digital Theatre is providing temporary free access to their archive of theatre performances, interviews and rehearsals due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
- Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
- Engage in a Creative Sprint or try one of these creative prompts
- Michelin-Star Chef Massimo Bottura is offering free cooking lessons on his Instagram
- Tune to the NoCo Live From Home Show to livestream and support Northern Colorado Artists
- NPR has a running list of where to Stream Live Concerts
- KUVO has also aggregated a significant list of online arts, cultural and creative experiences
*This is not an exhaustive list! Email email@example.com to let us know about other resources, virtual events or other ideas are out there. We will continually update this list.