Resources for the Creative Sector during Covid-19

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For Arts and Culture Organizations

  • Grants to Organizations via the National Endowment for the Arts' allocation from the American Rescue Plan. Part 1 due August 12, 2021. Part 2 due August 25 (for organizations A-L) or September 2, 2021 (for organizations M-Z).
  • GIG (Grow, Invest, Gather) Fund from Arts Midwest, Applications due October 5, 2021.
  • Resources for artist organizations, compiled by Common Field (public Google doc).
  • 2021 Federal Resources Table from the Americans for the Arts Action Fund.
  • Recommendations and tips for museums, libraries, galleries and other cultural organizations.
  • Resources for the arts educators from Arts Education Partnership.
  • Recommendations from the American Alliance of Museums.
  • Take the updated survey to help Americans for the Arts continue to track financial impacts of COVID-19 on Arts Organizations. 

For Creative Businesses and Individuals

Upcoming and Past Webinars on COVID-19 and the Creative Sector

  • No information at this time.

Other Resources


  • Partner with Iowa Arts Council to get exposure and resources for your Arts and Culture related events! Find out more about their Iowa Keeps Creating Initiative here.
  • Record a video of your arts performance and share it to Iowa Keeps Creating Digital Space for extra exposure! Submit your proposal for this project here.
  • Check out this website for tips and action steps in how you can advance creative workers in a post pandemic nation.
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The Ongoing Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector: A 5-Minute Survey from Americans for the Arts


The Americans for the Arts survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus have had on arts and cultural organizations and artists since the first coronavirus patient in the United States was confirmed on January 20, 2020.

This updated survey collects basic information about the participating organizations and artists. In addition, it gathers information about challenges facing the Arts sector in relief, recovery, and reopening processes. This data can then be parsed by specific geographic regions, artistic disciplines, and budget categories. Non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and individuals working within the creative sector in any discipline, part-time or full-time, are encouraged to complete the survey. Click the graphic to the left or follow the link here.

Thank you in advance for spending five minutes to fill it out! To view current survey results, which can be filtered by geographic locations, type of respondent, and discipline visit the Impact Survey Dashboard.