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Oklahoma Arts Emergency Resource Page

The Oklahoma Arts Emergency Resource Page lists national, regional, state, and local resources available to artists and organizations affected by crisis or emergency situations. Resources are updated as crises occur to match needs for each situation.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

As individuals and organizations involved in the arts across Oklahoma confront the extraordinary challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, they can expect the unwavering support of the Oklahoma Arts Council. The arts have persevered through challenging times. Ours is an industry that flourishes not because it may profit people’s finances, but because it profits their souls. It is our nature in the arts to adapt, just as it is our nature as Oklahomans to endure. We are confident that the creative spirit of those in the arts in Oklahoma will not only guide our industry through this season, it will position us to be stronger when it ends. 

Download a List of COVID-19 Resources

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Job Listings

Americans for the Arts – Americans for the Arts Job Bank
Art Jobs – jobs in arts, culture, education, theatre, museums, and more
Arts Admin Jobs – listing of jobs in arts administration
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits – The Oklahoma Nonprofit Job Board
Oklahoma Museums Association – job listings
Oklahoma Museums Association – links to job resources


ahha Tulsa (Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council) – Coronavirus Resources for for Artists & Organizations
Allied Arts OKC – Allied Arts Emergency Relief Fund
American Alliance of Museums – various COVID-19 related resources
Americans for the Arts – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
Americans for the Arts – organization survey to help AFTA determine the economic impact of COVID-19
Americans for the Arts – artist/creative worker survey to help AFTA determine the economic impact of COVID-19
Americans for the ArtsCOVID-19 and the Creative Economy in Oklahoma
Artist Relief – grants to artists for financial emergencies due to COVID-19
Artist Relief Project  – help for artists, musicians, and performers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
Artists Charitable Fund – assists painters and sculptors with emergency medical bills
Artists Thrive – COVID-19 Resources
Arts Administrators of Color – Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Arts Alliance Tulsa– Play your pART RELIEF FUND
Arts Alliance Tulsa – COVID-19 Impact: Resources and Updates for Local Arts
ArtsReady – online emergency preparedness service for arts and cultural nonprofits
Arts Writers Grant Program – $15,000 to $50,000 for emerging and established writers covering contemporary visual art
Authors League Fund – Financial assistance for authors and poets in financial need due to medical problems and loss of income
Billboard – Billboard Resource Guide for Music Professionals
Bloom Fund – $1,200 micro-grants to support projects created by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
Capacity Interactive – Digital Marketing Recommendations for Arts Community During COVID-19 Outbreak
Center for Craft – one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 for craft-based education projects
Center for Disease Control (CDC) – COVID-19 news, information, and guidance
CERF+ The Artists Safety Net – CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund (and other resources)
Common Field – COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field
Creative Capital – List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Early Music America – mini grants for musicians who perform Early music (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque)
Environment Protection Agency (EPA) – EPA COVID-19 disinfectant list
Equal Sound – Corona Relief Fund for artists
Event Safety Alliance – podcasts, guides, and other resources
First Nations Development Institute – COVID-19 Resources and Tools
First Peoples Fund – Resilience Fund
Forecast Public Art – various COVID-19 related resources
Format – The Photographer Fund
Foundation for Contemporary Arts – FCA COVID-19 Relief Fund
Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective – COVID-19 and Freelance Artists
Gottlieb Foundation – The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Jazz Foundation of America – Musicians' Emergency Fund
Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund – $1,000 grants to artists with gigs canceled in March, April, or May 2020
Kinkade Family Foundation – Emergency Grant for Curators
League of American Orchestras – various COVID-19 related resources
Lewis Prize for Music – COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Maurice Sendak Emergency Relief Fund – emergency grants for children's picture book artists and writers
Mid-America Arts Alliance – various COVID-19 related resources
Musicians Foundation – grants for musicians during emergency situations
MusiCares – COVID-19 Relief Fund for music creators and professionals
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) – NALAC COVID-19 Relief Efforts
National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER) – various COVID-19 related resources
National Council of Nonprofits – various COVID-19 related resources
National Endowment for the Arts – National Endowment for the Arts on COVID-19
National Guild for Community Arts Education – various COVID-19 related resources
National YoungArts Foundation – $1,000 unrestricted emergency microgrants for alumni through June 2020.
New York Foundation for the Arts – Rauschenberg Emergency Grants for medical emergencies
Oklahoma Arts Council Operating During COVID-19: Considerations for Oklahoma Nonprofit Arts Organizations
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Nonprofits
Oklahoma Center for NonprofitsGoing Forward: Best Practices and Considerations for Nonprofit Re-engagement
Oklahoma City Community Foundation – grant opportunities for nonprofits, government agencies, and schools providing services to individuals impacted by COVID-19
Oklahoma Department of Commerce – various COVID-19 related resources for businesses and nonprofits
Oklahoma Department of Commerce – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Source Directory
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC)– apply for unemployment benefits (gig workers, freelancers, and contract workers may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance through OESC).
Oklahoma Film & Music Office – various COVID-19 related resources
Oklahoma Museums Association – COVID-19 Readiness & Response for Museums
Oklahoma Museums Association – supply list for reopening museums (where to purchase sanitizer, masks, and more)
Oklahoma Museums Association – Wellbeing Resources
Oklahoma State Department of Health – COVID-19 News, Information, and Call Center
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition – Artists Relief Aid and Resources
Oklahomans for the Arts – various COVID-19 related resources
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (managed by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission) – unemployment benefits for gig workers, freelancers, contract workers, and others
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Video– how to apply video tutorial for Oklahoma artists (courtesy of the Oklahoma Entertainment Communications Emergency Task Force)
PEN America – PEN America Writers' Emergency Fund
Performing Arts Readiness – grants, sample emergency plans, loss calculator, case studies, and more
Queer Writers of Color – Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
Red Dirt Relief Fund – grants and resources to provide emergency relief for Oklahoma musicians
Smithsonian – Cultural Rescue Initiative  
Sustainable Arts Foundation – COVID-19 Resources (Supporting Artists and Writers with Children)
Sweet Relief – COVID-19 Fund at Sweet Relief
The Actors Fund – emergency financial assistance for individuals working in theater, film, television, music, and dance.
The Artists' Fellowship, Inc. – financial assistance for visual artists in times of emergency
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation – grants to artists for personal and medical expenses
The Blues Foundation – COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund
Theatre Communications Group – various COVID-19 related resources
Tila Studios (#Above4 Fund) – up to $1,000 to support black women artists during COVID-19
Tulsa Community Foundation and the Tulsa Area United Way – Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund
Twenty Summers – Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Paycheck Protection Program (CARES Act)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Disaster Loan Assistance
United Way of Central Oklahoma – COVID-19 Response Fund
WomenArts – Emergency Funds
World Health Organization (WHO)– Guidelines on Gatherings and Events

Accessibility Resources

National Endowment for the Arts – Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Your Virtual Events for People with Disabilities
National Endowment for the Arts – Are You Including People with Disabilities in Your Virtual Arts Events?


Our goal is to be a valuable resource for the state's arts community as the coronavirus pandemic evolves. The health and safety of every Oklahoman served through the arts is our top priority. If our staff can be of assistance, please contact us.

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