Resources for Artists and Art Groups
Navigating Extraordinary Times
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arts and Culture sector is navigating extraordinary and uncertain circumstances. In an effort to provide you with the most applicable and useful tools, the City created lists of resources to help guide local artists and organizations in search of online learning and arts-related information.
Canadian Artists and Freelancers - Help during COVID-19
A list regularly updated, provided by CBC Arts.
Canadian Museums Association - Reopening Resources
Museums can find a collection of resources from both Canadian and non-Canadian sources, pertaining to museums’ reopening during COVID-19.
I Lost My Gig Facebook Group
A Facebook group dedicated to the arts and other vulnerable freelance and gig workers in Canada and beyond to share stories and resources addressing the impacts of COVID-19 and growing income precarity more broadly. A full website launched on March 20, 2020.
Piano and Instrumental Teachers with COVID-19 Concerns Facebook Group
A Facebook group dedicated to piano and instrumental teachers concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 on their teaching and to support each other adapting to the best ways to continue to provide music education to their students safely.
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres provides information on resources, impact surveys, community funding and more related to COVID-19.
An international list of community Google documents offering information on remote work, online meetings and parenting.
Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)
The AFA Board of Directors has approved its 2020-21 spending plan based on the AFA’s current provincial allocation of $26.9 million. The AFA is using existing programs to be as responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic as possible. AFA is prioritizing support for arts organizations through its operational grant programs. Program impacts can be found under frequently asked questions.
Associated Designers of Canada
A national, professional non-profit arts service organization dedicated to representing the interests of set, costume, lighting, projection and sound designers.
Business for the Arts
For the latest videos and resources from their commitment to provide up to date resources and keep the art sector informed.
Visit Business for the Arts
Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts has noted that due to COVID-19, some deadlines and cut-off dates may have changed. Please be aware that guidelines and forms will not reflect revised deadlines. For components that were temporarily suspended, activities and costs incurred before an application submission date may be exceptionally eligible. Please contact the relevant program for details. For the most up-to-date source of information for revised deadlines and notification of results dates, visit canadacouncil.ca.
Information and Supports List - This list includes a comprehensive list of programs and service updates, visit COVID-19: Information and support for the arts sector.
Canadian Crafts Federation
Craft-based COVID-19 resources.
Canadian Independent Music Association
Information on national funding, advocacy and events.
Canadian Network for Arts and Learning
Resources for artists, arts instructors and freelance artists available at the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning.
CARFAC - Response to COVID-19
This link includes a list of community support resources for artists.
CBC Arts Uncontained and Digital Originals
This week CBC launched Art Uncontained, a new initiative connecting Canadian artists and art lovers. It includes original programming from CBC Arts and across the CBC network, as well as a new artist fund in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts. New original content includes:
- CBC Podcasts’ PlayME: The Show Must Go On
- COVID Residencies, video diaries from artists sharing how isolation has affected their art
- Original theatre from the National Theatre School of Canada’s Art Apart program
- Scenes From An Exhibition, offering exclusive virtual tours of Canada’s finest galleries and museums
- CBC Books’ Transmission, featuring Canadian writers reflecting on these uncertain times
- CBC Music’s Quarantunes, highlighting Canadian music created in isolation
- A COVID-19 resource list for artists and freelancers
COVID-19 Health and Safety for Artists
Resources that may help you as you navigate art-making during this time.
Visit Artist Producer Resource
Online listing of resources available for cultural workers and artists.
Digital Arts Nation
Hosting a series of webinars to support digitizing the performing arts and re-thinking presenting and touring in the age of COVID.
Freelance Artists – COVID-19 Resource
This list serves freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community, including actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers and playwrights, and photographers.
Marginalized Artists & Communities - COVID-19 Emergency Resources
The page includes mutual aid funds, petitions and more compiled by The Margin of Eras Gallery & CUE.
Michif Cultural Connections
Offering free online meetings where people can learn to speak Michif, the traditional language of the Métis.
Multiculturalism, Indigenous and Inclusion Grant (MIIG) Program
This program supports initiatives and projects that build intercultural awareness and understanding. The program fosters cultural awareness in communities across the province, and an appreciation and celebration of Indigenous Peoples and multicultural society in Alberta. The program strives to create a province where people feel included and that their cultures and heritage are valued.
Music Managers Forum
Offering education, networking and advocacy on behalf of our members, their artists, and the wider Canadian music community.
Photographers - Resources, grants, funds and more to help working photographers
- For COVID-19 related information for photographers and free access to tools and programs.
Visit Professional Photographers of Canada
Snap – Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, Edmonton
SNAP Offers online professional development courses.
Theatre Alberta Resource List
A list of resources specific to theatre.
Work in Culture
Webinars and roundtables hosted by the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning and SaskMusic.
YEG Stream Online
Artists can submit their live-streaming events to the events calendar.
Last edited: February 2, 2021