Resources for Artistic Inspiration, Financial and Business Assistance
Here at NBO we realize this is not only a personal issue, it is one that is shared on a global level. The entire world is sharing in some version of the same experience. We are all human and that makes each of us vulnerable while reinforcing our shared humanness. This can be a time of unity and creativity, and who better than artists to help lift everyone’s spirits. To that end NBO has come up with several ideas for you to share. We’ll be updating this page as events and resources unfold. We invite you to share your selections and ideas: Email NBO
- If you’re working in isolation because of the pandemic, post an image of your work-in-progress to instagram, including #basketryjoinhands — then follow the link to connect with other artists in the same situation.
A plethora of resources shared by Fractured Atlas (full list here)
- A group of small to mid-sized national arts grant makers have come together for Artist Relief
- National Endowment for the Arts Artist Resources
- COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists
- NATIONAL COALITION FOR ARTS’ PREPAREDNESS & EMERGENCY RESPONSE
- By-state listing of State Art Agencies
An article from KQED: Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus
CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985 and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. Our core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief. Visit cerf+
Also – fill out the cerf+ survey to help them assess needs and direct action.
Take a Moment to be Inspired:
Coping with Covid: Centering Wellness and Self-Care For Creatives (series)
Need some “away” time? Museums all over the world are sharing virtual tours!
Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology has put their Unbroken Traditions basketry exhibition online.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a plethora of online exhibits, videos, and webcasts.
Don’ forget about “America’s Best Idea” – the US National Parks Service. Start here and find your park! National Park Service
Craft in America has a wonderful series of Art with Fiber
Shown above: the hands of legendary basketmaker Leona Waddell, holding one of her white oak baskets.