As the community response to COVID-19/coronavirus sweeps the United States, the creative sector is being deeply affected. As your local arts agency, the Cultural Office will continue to share resources, tips and “best practices” from our colleagues across the nation and here in the Pikes Peak region. We’ll be updating this page as frequently as possible to help ensure that our local arts community has as the information it needs to survive and persevere during this unprecedented public health crisis.
Help Americans for the Arts track the national impact on our sector by taking the 2020 National Impact of Coronavirus Survey.
To support our artists and meet the unmet need, Pikes Peak Community Foundation and the Bee Vradenburg Foundation partnered to create the Artist Recovery Fund. The Artist Recovery Fund is designed to provide emergency support for individual artists and creative professionals in the Pikes Peak region.
Tips for Local Arts Supporters ...
You can help your favorite local artists and arts organizations to weather these challenging times by:
- Donating back the cost of any cancelled tickets.
- Taking an online class or workshop.
- Purchasing artwork, memberships, or gift cards now for future giving.
- Volunteering your time or in-kind services.
- Making a financial contribution!
Tips for Local Arts Groups ...
Move anything that you can to an online/digital format. Across the country, artists and arts organizations are live-streaming performances, hosting online art sales, conducting remote interviews, and leading virtual art tours. In support of our creative sector, the Cultural Office has setup a special landing page at PeakRadar.com/Virtual, and we’re ready to help you to promote your online offerings through the power of the Peak Radar platform. For guidance on listing your online events click here, or email support@PeakRadar.com for additional assistance.
Protect earned revenue from cancelled events by encouraging patrons to credit tickets toward future events, OR by asking them to donate the cost of those tickets back to your organization in exchange for a tax receipt.
- Arts & Culture Resource Guide (including resources by artistic genre) from KUVO
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource & Response Center from Americans for the Arts (ongoing)
- COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations from National Endowment for the Arts (ongoing)
- COVID-19 Resources for the Arts from Western States Arts Federation – WESTAF (ongoing)
- Resources to Support the Arts during COVID-19 from Colorado Creative Industries (ongoing)
- Community Care in the Time of Coronavirus from US Dept. of Arts and Culture (ongoing)
- City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Dept. (ongoing)
- The Social Distancing Festival (ongoing)
- Arts Advocacy Actions to Urge Support from Congress
- Discipline-Specific Resources and More from Creative Sonoma (ongoing)
- How to create a Virtual Event Listing on PeakRadar.com by Artsopolis
- Pivot! How to Change Business Models and Find New Opportunities in Crises with Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (3/27 at Noon)
- “Tactics and Strategies to Help You Adapt” by CharityHowTo (multiple dates)
- TRG Arts Virtual Roundtable Series – 30 minutes weekly (starts 3/17)
- Panel Discussion, “Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic” (3/16)
- Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, hosted by Event Safety Alliance
- Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres, hosted by Theater Communications Group
- Artist Recovery Fund for El Paso and Teller Counties
- Emergency Relief Fund for Theatre Artists from Denver Actors Fund, available throughout Colorado
- Handling COVID-19 Event Cancellations from Colorado Attorneys For the Arts
- Colorado Artist Relief Fund (ongoing)
- CERF+ The Artist’s Safety Net
- 9 Things to Do Now That Your Gigs Are Cancelled by Ari’s Take (3/13)
- Freelance Artist Resources during COVID-19, from Creative Capitol (ongoing)
- Facebook Group for Online Art & Design Instructors (ongoing)
- Emergency Relief Fund from Pikes Peak Community Foundation
- Pro Bono Consulting for U.S. Based Arts Organizations from DEVOS Institute
- COVID-19 Updates & Resources for Colorado Nonprofits (incl. Facebook Group & LinkedIn Group) from Colorado Nonprofit Association
- What Colorado Public Health Order 20-22 Means from KKTV and the Colorado Attorney General
- “COVID-19: What Nonprofits Should Do Right Now” by Nonprofit Finance Fund (3/13)
- Tools & Resources for Nonprofits from Nonprofit Finance Fund (ongoing)
- “Arts Groups are Headed Into a Crisis: A Few Things Might Mitigate the Disaster” from Vulture.com (3/12)
- Guidance for Businesses & Employers from the CDC (ongoing)
- Business Resources during COVID-19 from Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC (ongoing)
- Suggestions from Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs (ongoing)
- Business Preparedness and Continuity from Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (ongoing)
- Coronavirus Colorado Springs Resource Page from Visit Colorado Springs (ongoing)
- Recommendations to the Mayor from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (3/12)
- Public Gathering Recommendations from Denver Arts & Venues (3/11)
- “COVID-19 – A Test of Community” by the Heinz Endowments (3/11)
Local Resources (not arts-specific)
- El Paso County Health
- Teller County Public Health
- State of Colorado’s Novel Coronavirus Page
- “Help Needed in Colorado Springs” community Facebook Group
- United Way Community Economic Relief Fund : 1-866-211-9966
- Rocky Mountain PBS COVID-19 Community Resources