COVID-19 Resources

Get the latest news and information about how ArtsWA is supporting arts and culture organizations, arts educators, and communities across the state.

ArtsWA is accepting one-time grant applications from arts organizations affected by COVID-19.

Washington State COVID-10 Information

Find information about how the state government is helping support Washingtonians during this time.

ArtsWA Resources

Like all of you, ArtsWA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to supporting artists, arts organizations and creative communities across Washington State.

Agency Operations

ArtsWA has taken the following steps to serve our state’s artists, arts organizations and creative communities:

  • ArtsWA’s office in Olympia is closed to the public. Staff is available by email and phone to answer any of your questions or concerns.
  • All of our upcoming panels and public meetings will take place virtually via GoToMeeting.
  • We are cancelling/postponing all off-site meetings/gatherings.
  • We will be communicating directly with our grantees about how local, state, or federal restrictions and recommendations impact their grant(s).
  • We are tracking all COVID-19 related expenses, and encourage others in the arts community to do the same.
  • We are participating in local and national surveys related to how COVID-19 impacts our work. We encourage you to take the Americans for the Arts Impact Survey.
Program Updates

Our programs are making changes to their operations to best serve Washingtonians, particularly in rural and under-served communities. See info below for specific program updates.

Arts In Education

  • The Creative Start Site Grant Application deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday, April 3, 2020.
  • The First Step Grant Application deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday, April 3, 2020.

We have made a temporary change to our Fiscal Year 2020 grant policy. If your funded project, event, or program has been postponed (not happening before June 30, 2020) or cancelled due to mandates set by the federal government with regards to public gatherings, you are authorized to use your grant funds toward General Operating Support for your organization. This applies to our First Step Grant program.

Art In Public Places

AIPP Collections will be postponing our springtime artwork inventory. Instead, we’ll be reaching out directly to those agencies to ensure that we know if there are any construction impacts for which we need to plan.

If you are an artist with an active ArtsWA project or your campus or agency is in the process of acquiring new artwork, please contact your AIPP project manager with any questions or concerns.

Creative Districts

All planned, on-site presentations, meetings and site visits are suspended until further notice. We are available for phone and video meetings and strategic planning sessions.

Grants to Organizations

We have made a temporary change to our Fiscal Year 2020 grant policy. If your funded project, event, or program has been postponed (not happening before June 30, 2020) or cancelled due to mandates set by the federal government with regards to public gatherings, you are authorized to use your grant funds toward General Operating Support for your organization. This applies to all our Grants To Organizations grant programs: Snap Grants, Levels A, B, C and Cooperative Partnership grants. Contact Miguel Guillén, Grants to Organizations Program Manager: miguel.guillen@arts.wa.gov, for more information.

ArtsWA COVID-19 Emergency Funds for Arts Organizations

ArtsWA has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to distribute to arts organizations in Washington. We will be accepting applications from April 17 until May 31, 2020 from Washington-based nonprofit arts organizations and fiscally-sponsored arts groups.

For more information about the grant program and to apply, click here.

Washington State Resources

Resources from Washington State, including unemployment, health care, relief funds and more.

The Governor's Plan for Reopening the State
Opening WA's economy in 4 phases

On May 1, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Health announced:

  • Extension of the Stay Home order through May 31
  • New allowances are being worked on to soon allow for retail curbside pickup, automobile sales, car washes, landscaping and house cleaning services, and drive-in spiritual services with one household per vehicle.
  • A reopening plan that outlines four phases of reopening businesses and resuming activities involving group gatherings, travel, shopping and recreation. The focus is on reopening safely and protecting the health of workers and the general public. (The governor’s official order with more details will be released in the next couple days.)

This is a phased, data-driven approach. All reopening activities depend on continued success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and meeting four capabilities including:

  1. Health care system readiness
  2. Testing capacity
  3. Ability to do contact investigations
  4. Ability to protect high-risk populations

Every phase will still require physical distancing and appropriate health precautions including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in a number of industries.

For Small Businesses & Nonprofits
Washington State Department of Commerce
Washington State Department of L & I
Washington State Office of the Governor
For Self-employed Artists and Creatives
Artist Trust Relief Fund

Providing $500 – $5000 grants to working artists in Washington State.

Local and Regional Support

Find resources that are available in your county or region of the state.

King County
King County Washington Map
Northwest Region
Northwest Arts region, WA state
Eastern Region

Surveys

Below are links to a surveys arts advocates are asking artists and arts organizations to fill out. The info will help determine how much artists & organizations are affected by COVID-19.

Artist Trust

AFTA

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture

Art Beyond Sight — for disabled artists and cultural workers

Spokane Artists & Creatives Fund

Resources from the Federal Government

Resources from National Arts Organizations

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