(Last updated on 2.6.2020)
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.
On this page, you may find: information on measures taken in Portugal and other countries in order to support the sector; resources and orientations; information on campaigns, manifestos and petitions; links to some specific online initiatives; opinion articles and news regarding the pandemia and the sector.
1. Resources and guidelines
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
Célia Sousa (ESECS/CRID/CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria/Politécnico de Leiria), Adaptação para escrita simples e com pictogramas das recomendações para visitantes de museus
Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, Online meeting accessibility
Colleen Dilenschneider, What Will Make People Feel Safe Attending a Cultural Entity Again?
Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends, Comparative overview: financial measures and COVID-19
Counterpoints Arts, Artists in lockdown
Creative Scotland, Resource Directory for Covid-19
Decision House, ALVA Attractions Recovery Tracker
Direcção Regional de Cultura do Alentejo, Boas práticas para a reabertura de museus, palácios, monumentos, sítios arqueológicos e outros espaços de natureza cultural na região do Alentejo
ECSITE webinar, Audience research and COVID: opportunity or obstacle?
European Cultural Foundation, Culture of Solidarity
Fun Palaces, Tiny revolutions of connection
ICOM Portugal, 25 recomendações para a reabertura dos museus
Ilenia Atzori, Museums re-opening (padlet)
Museums Association, Covid-19: the ethics of contemporary collecting
Museums Association, Public “highly cautious” about returning to museums
Museums Association, Taskforce to support reopening of cultural sector in England
NEMO, Museum lives in post-pandemia (webinar)
Observatório de Políticas de Comunicação e Cultura, Impactos da COVID-19 no
setor cultural português: Resultados preliminares de março de 2020
Shugall Research, Coronavirus Theater Survey
Slover Linett Audience Research, Culture and Community in a Time of Crisis
Springboard for the Arts: Principles of ethical cancellation
Springboard for the Arts: Coronavirus/Covid-19 resources for artists
Stéphane Davet, Rosita Boisseau, Brigitte Salino et Sylvain Siclier, Rouvrir les salles selon les préconisations sanitaires du ministère de la culture
WolfBrown, COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor
2. Articles and posts
Acesso Cultura, Em que pensas…? (debate summaries in portuguese)
Adele Redmond, Museum freelancers to sector: ‘Fight for us’
Alexandra Prado Coelho, Madalena Victorino e Giacomo Scalisi: à procura da resposta “mais humana”
Adrienne Lalli Hills (Wyandotte Nation), #KeepThePeopleDancing: Futures in Digital Engagement
Andrew Anderson, Tomorrow’s World: Classical Music beyond Isolation
Andrew Miller, The other side: resetting the dial for inclusion
Andrew Taylor, Safety, Solvency, Services
António Pedro Lopes, Não estamos todos no mesmo barco
António Pinto Ribeiro, O cultural no mundo que há-de vir
Arlene Dávila, In Memoriam of the Art World’s Romance With Diversity
Atta Tarki , Paul Levy and Jeff Weiss, The Coronavirus Crisis Doesn’t Have to Lead to Layoffs
Brian Hogarth, Code red for the museum education profession
Carlos Moura-Carvalho, Medidas para a cultura em estado de emergência
Charlotte Higgins, After the war, the arts came back stronger. They can do so again now
Dan Spock, Museums: essential or non-essential?
Deborah Cullinan, The time for hope and imagination
Dennie Palmer Wolf, Teaching artists as essential workers: respect, collaboration and heft
Ellice Engdahl, Empathy-Informed Balance in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond
Fergus Linehan, Why it’s time to rethink the Edinburgh International Festival
Frances d´Emilio, Uffizi, accustomed to taming crowds, looks to outbreak’s end
François Matarasso, This is what we´re working to protect
François Matarasso, What are we saving and why?
François Matarasso, How can community art continue?
Genevieve Beller, Rebuilding a better theater industry post-pandemic
Gonçalo Frota, Inês Nadais e Sérgio C. Andrade, Teatros apostam tudo na rentrée de Setembro – e virão mudados
Jacques Mandelbaum, Coronavirus : les festivals de cinéma cherchent une issue
Joan Baldwin, The discomfort you’re feeling
Joan Baldwin, Navigating fear as museum doors open
João Neto, Esta separação social vai ter de se manter
Jonathan Mandell, Pandemic theater aesthetic
Jorge Silva Melo, Vão abrir teatros. E nós?
Joris Mathieu, Un désirable futur?
Judd Grossman, Michael Straus, Catherine K. B. Lucas, Sarah E. Schuster, What legal rights do artists and galleries have during a pandemic?
Justin Davidson, What socially distanced live performance might look like
Kate Meyers Emery, Creative, authentic and united: digital engagement during COVID-19
Laura Collins-Hughes, As Theaters Stare Down Uncertainty, Ars Nova Buys Itself Time
Leah Hamilton, Crisis management: a new approach for arts managers
Liv Nilssen, Turning refunds into donations
Luís Miguel Queirós, Ver espectáculos de máscara em salas semivazias? “É como ir ao teatro a Saturno”
Manuel Borja-Villel, What Will It Take for Museums to Rise Again—and What They Can Do in the Meantime
Maria Vlachou, The best we can: Re-establishing priorities for arts professionals in
times of crisis
Maria Vlachou, Is this about postponing “business as usual”?
Maria Vlachou, Quarantine readings #2 and a first version of my wishlist
Marina D.J. Barham, Message from Palestine
Museums Association, Coronavirus: How will it affect museums and what can be done to mitigate the impact
Patrícia do Vale, Tudo será instagramável? O museu por reinventar
Patrick Eakin Young, The dawn chorus
Patrick Eakin Young, Bench rest
Raja Feather Kelly, Has anyone asked artists what they need
Reem Kassem, Governance during crisis: a case study from Egypt
Rosita Boisseau, Coronavirus : le monde du cirque inquiet pour son avenir
Sally Tallant, Notes from the lockdown: Making a situated museum in Queens
Sam Conniff, Too early for optimism
Sandro Debono, The empty museum
Sarah Cascone, Just how bad is the lockdown for museums?
Sari Feldman, Public libraries after the pandemic
Simon Brault, Arts and culture in times of solitude and solidarity
Sophie Haigney, When the virus came, some museum directors lost years of work
Stephen Hetherington, After the crisis – a new model for the arts?
The Incluseum, Equitable Institutional Sustainability In Times Of Crisis
Thomas Rogers, Europe’s museums begin reopening, cautiously, with new rules
Tiago Gueges, Estranha forma de vida
Tiago Rodrigues, Improvavelmente, ser feliz
Tiago Rodrigues, A oportunidade de não aproveitar a falsa oportunidade
Valentina di Liscia, As the Art World Shuts Down Over COVID-19, Uncertainty Plagues Hourly Workers
Vânia Rodrigues, O que fazer daqui para trás?
Vânia Rodrigues e Pedro Quintela, Pandemia e cultura: a urgência de um pensamento lento
Zain Dada, No community spaces? No community arts
3. Measures taken in Portugal
Ministry of Culture, Cultura Covid-19
Ministry of Culture, Regras de desconfinamento
Direcção-Geral das Artes, Support for the arts
Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, Exceptional measures
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Fundo de Emergência Social Vertente Cultura
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Emergency Fund for Artists and Culture
Questionnaire of the University of Minho: COVID-19 impact on the Portuguese cultural sector
4. Measures taken by governments, public and private bodies in other countries
Argentina, Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina, Cultura de la solidaridad: programas y líneas de financiamiento para Cultura
Belgium: Informatie COVID-19
Brazil: ITAU Cultural, Arte como Respiro: múltiplos editais de emergência
Canada: Canada Council for the Arts, COVID-19 updates and measures for artists
Canada: Department of Canadian Heritage, Information for Canadian Heritage grants recipients related to COVID-19
Canadá: Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), Encore!
EUNIC, How is the European cultural sector responding to the current corona crisis (government responses)
Germany, Italy, Spain: Joint letter of the Ministers of Culture, Together we are stronger that the virus
Germany: German Ministry of Culture: €50 bilhões para apoiar artistas e organizações culturais
Greece: Greek Ministry of Culture, Measures to enhance Modern Culture due to the impact of the health crisis
Kenya: Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, 100 million fos Artists, Actors and Musicians Stimulus Program
Russia: Potanin Foundation, Common cause
Singapore: National Arts Council, Sustaining the arts during COVID-19
UK: Arts Council England, COVID-19 support
UK: Arts Council England, Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers
UK: Arts Council Wales, Responding to coronavirus (Covid-19)
USA: Kinkade Family Foundation, Emergency grant for curators
USA: Anonymous Was A Woman and the New York Foundation for the Arts, Emergency relief grant for women artists
5. Campaingns, manifestos and petitions to raise awareness regarding of the impact on the cultural sector
Belgium: By State of the Arts (EN / NL)
Bulgaria: an emergency petition to support the independent cultural sector in Bulgaria.
Czech Republic: Festival of Nothing 2020
Europe: Opera Europa, The existential impact of theatre closures
European Cultural Fund, Culture of Solidarity Fund
ICOM – CECA: Covid 19 threatens severely museum education
International: Arts&Education, Open letter to museums and galleries in support of education and other essential workers
Italy: Arts Workers Italia
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)
Portugal: Carta aberta – Os invisíveis da cultura
Portugal: SOS ARTE PT
Portugal: Associação Profissional de Conservadores-Restauradores de Portugal – Conservação e Restauro | Medidas e apoios para o Sector no âmbito do COVID-19
Portugal: Associação Portuguesa de Museologia, Carta sobre a reabertura dos museus, palácios, monumentos, sítios arqueológicos, instituições que preservam espécies vivas, centros interpretativos e centros de Ciência Viva de Portugal
Portugal: Associação de Bibliotecários, Arquivistas e Documentalistas (BAD), Tomada de posição: Arquivos e Bibliotecas durante a pandemia de COVID-19
USA, The People’s Cultural Plan – An Urgent List of Demands for Arts and Culture in the Face of NYC State of Emergency
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)