Due to the impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, education, fine arts education, and arts partnerships as we know them are being forced to adapt very quickly. We have collected some resources to help parents, fine arts instructors, and teaching artists navigate these changes. This toolkit is being updated as we become aware of new resources. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. 

The resources on trauma-informed arts education that we previously shared during Hurricane Harvey may also be useful.  They are available on our Pinterest page, which you can access here. (Some links may have expired or moved behind a paywall.)

If you would like us to share a resource not currently included, please email the link to

Emergency Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

TIME-SENSITIVE: Americans for the Arts Launches Economic Impact of Coronavirus Survey

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources (crowdsourced)

Musicians' Corona Relief Fund (Equal Sound)

Dramatists Guild Foundation - Emergency Grants for Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, and Bookwriters

Suggestions for what to do if your gigs are cancelled (

List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Creative Capital)

For Parents - Learning from Home Resources

Start Here: Comic: How To Turn Your Home Into A School Without Losing Your Sanity (NPR)

Generate hand washing infographics based on your favourite song lyrics (

 Four effective strategies for parents who are now homeschooling their children (Hechinger Report)

‘Let Yourself Off the Hook’: Advice for Teachers and Parents During COVID-19 (EdSurge)

Coronavirus Triple Duty: Working, Parenting And Teaching From Home (KQED Mindshift)

Parenting During the Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need To Know Now (KQED Mindshift)

Helping kids who are feeling isolated and anxious after schools shut down (Hechinger Report)

BeSquare.Education - Online Video Lesson Library

Six Age-Appropriate Books and Resources for Teaching Kids about COVID-19 (KQED Mindshift)

Stuck at home with young kids due to the coronavirus? Here’s what to do—and not to do (Hechinger Report)


Learning at home for Kids with Special Needs

New Strategies in Special Education as Kids Learn From Home (Edutopia)

Apps for Students With Special Needs—As School Buildings Shutter (Edutopia)

For Fine Arts Teachers - Online Instruction Resources

Resources For Teaching and Learning During This Period of Social Distancing (KQED Mindshift)

'Panic-gogy': Teaching Online Classes During The Coronavirus Pandemic (KQED Mindshift)

10 resources to keep learning going during the coronavirus (eSchool News)

‘Let Yourself Off the Hook’: Advice for Teachers and Parents During COVID-19 (EdSurge)

Resources for Theatre Educators Teaching Online (AATE Incite/Insight)

10 Things Student Actors Can Do During COVID-19 School Closures (Actor Aesthetic)

Teaching Performing Arts During the Pandemic (Howlround)

Teaching Theatre Online:  A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak (Created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre, Loyola Marymount University)

Staying in Touch: Why Kids Need Teachers During Coronavirus School Closings (KQED Mindshift)

Helping kids who are feeling isolated and anxious after schools shut down (Hechinger Report)

Six Age-Appropriate Books and Resources for Teaching Kids about COVID-19 (KQED Mindshift)

Teaching Art From a Distance Could Have Benefits (Hyperallergic)

Livestreamed and Virtual Arts Experiences

Take a Virtual Tour of 30 World-Class Museums & Safely Visit 2 Million Works of Fine Art (Open Culture)

Audible Providing Free Audio Books to Kids & Teens: Introducing the New Service, Audible Stories (Open Culture)

Occupy Your Self-Quarantine Time With This List of Live Streams Galore (Make)

Eight Digital Education Resources from the Smithsonian (Smithsonian Edu)

Free Online Drawing Lessons for Kids, Led by Favorite Artists & Illustrators (Open Culture)

The Sofa Singers (Participate in online singing events) (

Use Your Time in Isolation to Learn Everything You’ve Always Wanted To: Free Online Courses, Audio Books, eBooks, Movies, Coloring Books & More (Open Culture)

The Met Opera Streaming Free Operas Online to Get You Through COVID-19 (Open Culture)

The Social Distancing Festival

Digital Archives Give You Free Access to Thousands of Historical Children’s Books (Open Culture)

'National Emergency Library' Lends A Hand — And Lots Of Books! — During Pandemic (KQED Mindshift)

Can Teachers Read Books Out Loud Online? Actually, Yes. (EdSurge)

Managing Stress, Grief, and Trauma

How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus (PBS)

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty (AFSP)

Tips for Managing the Stress of Social Distancing as a Family (KQED Mindshift)

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief (HBR)


Inspiration and Other Resources

Houston teacher's 'quarantine flash mob' brings music students to their front yards (Houston Chronicle)

A Broadway Star And #SunshineSongs Bring High School Musical Theater To Small Screens (NPR)

Italians’ Nightly Singalongs Prove That Music Soothes the Savage Beast of Coronavirus Quarantine & Self-Isolation (Open Culture)

Soothing, Uplifting Resources for Parents & Caregivers Stressed by the COVID-19 Crisis (Open Culture)


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