Crises like the one we are experiencing at this moment, caused by the coronavirus / COVID-19, have also got a significant impact on the lives of self-employed workers. Cultural professionals, many of whom live in an extremely precarious context, will be particularly affected. The cancellation or postponement of cultural initiatives, absolutely necessary to contain the spread of the virus, will have very serious consequences on their lives.
This is a time when we have to rethink our practices, consider our responsibilities (collective and individual, political and of citizenship), find ways to support the sector and show solidarity.
Access Culture will be gathering here information on initiatives and resources made available in different parts of the world.
(last updated on 3.4.2020)
Ministry of Culture, Cultura Covid-19
Direcção-Geral das Artes, Support for the arts
Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, Exceptional measures
Municipality of Lisbon, COVID 19 Measures and information
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Emergency Fund for Artists and Culture
Questionnaire of the University of Minho: COVID-19 impact on the Portuguese cultural sector
2. Governments, public and private bodies in other countries
Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina, Cultura de la solidaridad: programas y líneas de financiamiento para Cultura
Arts Council England, COVID-19 support
Arts Council England, Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers
Arts Council Wales, Responding to coronavirus (Covid-19)
German Ministry of Culture: €50 bilhões para apoiar artistas e organizações culturais
Greek Ministry of Culture, Measures to enhance Modern Culture due to the impact of the health crisis
National Arts Council, Singapore: Sustaining the arts during COVID-19
Kinkade Family Foundation (USA), Emergency grant for curators
Potanin Foundation, Common cause
Anonymous Was A Woman and the New York Foundation for the Arts, Emergency relief grant for women artists
3. Resources and guidelines
Springboard for the Arts: Principles of ethical cancellation
Springboard for the Arts: Coronavirus/Covid-19 resources for artists
Creative Scotland, Resource Directory for Covid-19
Association of Independent Museums (AIM): UK government and sector advice
Association of Children’s Museums (ACM): Resources to Help Guide Your Museum’s Response to Coronavirus
On the Move: Corona Virus: Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility (General advice | Mobility, travel and health | Campaigns and petitions | Statements by networks/foundations | Governmental/Public bodies’ statements and private organisations | Initiatives to get feedback from the arts and cultural sector)
4. Campaingns, manifests and petition to raise awareness regarding of the impact on the cultural sector
Belgium: By State of the Arts (EN / NL)
USA, The People’s Cultural Plan – An Urgent List of Demands for Arts and Culture in the Face of NYC State of Emergency
Poland: Open letter/petition to the Minister of Culture suggesting a system of allowance for the lockdown time and compensation system for all cancelled contracts/events (in Polish)
Ukraine: Heads of major cultural institutions wrote an open letter/request to Ukrainian Prime Minister urging to review their decision of the the Ministry of Finance to radically cut their budgets (in Ukrainian)
Bulgaria: an emergency petition to support the independent cultural sector in Bulgaria.
5. Cultura online
Teia 19: Artists whi have seen their performances being cancelled, may present their work through this platform and ask directly the public for a donation.
Artist Support Pledge (Instagram): artists post images of their work, on Instigram which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Anyone can buy the work. Every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist/s work.
Kino Marquee: a virtual theatrical exhibition initiative to enable art house cinemas to serve moviegoers and generate revenue during the coronavirus outbreak
6. Articles and posts
Vânia Rodrigues, O que fazer daqui para trás?
Carlos Moura-Carvalho, Medidas para a cultura em estado de emergência
Reem Kassem, Governance during crisis: a case study from Egypt
Museums Association, Coronavirus: How will it affect museums and what can be done to mitigate the impact
Sandro Debono, The empty museum
Leah Hamilton, Crisis management: a new approach for arts managers
Valentina di Liscia, As the Art World Shuts Down Over COVID-19, Uncertainty Plagues Hourly Workers
Liv Nilssen, Turning refunds into donations
Atta Tarki , Paul Levy and Jeff Weiss, The Coronavirus Crisis Doesn’t Have to Lead to Layoffs
Marina D.J. Barham, Message from Palestine
Deborah Cullinan, The time for hope and imagination
Sam Conniff, Too early for optimism
Joan Baldwin, The discomfort you’re feeling
Maria Vlachou, The best we can: Re-establishing priorities for arts professionals in
times of crisis
François Matarasso, This is what we´re working to protect
Colleen Dilenschneider, What Will Make People Feel Safe Attending a Cultural Entity Again?
Laura Collins-Hughes, As Theaters Stare Down Uncertainty, Ars Nova Buys Itself Time