Responding to COVID-19: Arts Resources & Field Survey
Updated: March 19, 2020
First and foremost, COVID-19 represents a serious public health emergency in communities around the world. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures advocates for a collective response to this moment that centers compassion, understanding and patience.
As this situation continues to impact artists and cultural workers in our field, our work continues. We are especially focused on listening and responding to the needs of independent cultural workers and community arts organizations.
While our physical office space in San Antonio is closed, we are fully operational and NALAC staff is working remotely. We look forward to continue working with you. You can reach us online, by email or by phone at 210-432-3982.
We take a moment to uplift and thank all the artists, organizations and partners whose creativity and innovation continues to be a beacon of hope and comfort for people around the country and the globe in these uncertain times.
Please note the links for the surveys and forms below will open in a new tab on our AirTable platform.
What are your most pressing needs? We want to hear from you in order to advocate on your behalf for rapid effective support to the Latinx arts field. We will use responses from the survey to inform our work moving forward.
View live results from the NALAC Field Survey. Within the coming days we will post a preliminary analysis here.
We are continuing to update a list of key resources that are relevant to both independent artists and cultural workers as well as arts organizations and collectives.
In the resource directory on AirTable you will find emergency funding opportunities, information for freelance workers, information for nonprofit organizations, statements from arts service organizations, surveys & needs assessments, and self-care tips.
Call to Continue Supporting Artists & Arts Organizations
We encourage individuals and organizations to continue supporting independent artists directly by funding their work (purchasing books, films, artwork, tickets to future performances, etc). Consider reaching out to folks directly to ask how you can offer support; increasingly many folks are able to accept donations or artist fees via Venmo, Cash or other applications.
We also encourage supporting collectives and community arts organizations. Many groups depend on support from in-person visitors and audience members. Reach out to organizations and donate directly.
Online Events Directory
We encourage artists and organizations to share any upcoming online or virtual events, programs or activities with us. We may be able to help spread the word via our social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Recommendations for Organizations
Pay artist fees! Organizations or venues should consider paying artist fees for work that was scheduled to be presented but may be cancelled or postponed. Artist fees support the development and preparation of a work as much as its presentation.
If your organization has physical space that will be closed, please continue paying wages to folks who may not be able to telecommute (janitorial staff, security, retail, performers, etc.)
We recommend that organizations contact their funders and donors to request flexibility with their funding in order to remove any restrictions that could allow organizations to pay artists for events that have been cancelled or postponed. Additionally, there may be opportunities to request transferring program funding to general operating costs.
Update for NALAC Grantees
If you are a current NALAC Fund for the Arts grantee who has experienced a cancellation, postponement or shift in project timeline due to COVID-19, please know that NALAC will continue to support your work and collaborate with you to adjust for these unprecedented measures. If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Rios (firstname.lastname@example.org).