• Solitary light bulb shining on a dark stage

The ghost light is a single bulb left burning on a stage throughout the night. We honor artists and arts organizations struggling with loss, cancellation, and closure under COVID-19. | photo, Ellwood jon | CC BY-SA 3.0

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR THE ARTS IN MISSOURI

Here are links to a variety of online resources specifically about COVID-19 that are especially useful for artists and arts organizations in Missouri. We include other comprehensive lists as well as upcoming webinars and resources for reopening, creating virtual events/livestreaming, funding opportunities for artists, and financial tools for organizations.

Reopening

  • Show Me Strong Recovery Plan for Missouri — the State of Missouri’s recovery plan for businesses, communities, and citizens: guidelines, resources, and FAQs
  • Missouri ArtSafe — statewide program to help arts organizations create, present, and promote the arts with best practices during COVID-19, by the Missouri Arts Safety Alliance
  • Preparing to Reopen, American Alliance of Museums — sample reopening plans, resource guides, recommendations and more, especially applicable to museums and other cultural venues
  • Reopening the Cultural Sector in U.S. Cities, Bloomberg Philanthropies — international practices, venue considerations, results of patron surveys, best-practice checklists, case studies
  • Resuming Business Toolkit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — designed to assist employers in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and lowering the impact in their workplace when reintegrating employees into non-healthcare business settings
  • Reopening Guide, Event Safety Alliance — for events that plan to reopen during the pandemic: reasonably foreseeable health risks and suggested options to mitigate them, in a collective work by more than 300 event industry professionals
  • Coronavirus Survey Safety Responses, Kranzberg Arts Foundation of St. Louis — what arts patrons say they need to feel comfortable returning to galleries and performing arts venues
  • Operating During COVID-19, Oklahoma Arts Council — in-depth considerations about staff and workplace safety, organizational operations, and programming
  • In It for the Long Haul: How Arts and Culture Organizations Can Consider Adapting, SMU Data Arts — key questions and variables for arts organizations as they plan for reopening, bolstered by data on the pandemic’s effect on the nonprofit arts sector
  • Reopening Plan Guidance, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts — tips on drafting a plan, how to involve boards, waivers, examples of plans and more

Comprehensive Lists of Varied Resources

Creating Virtual Events / Livestreaming

Funding Opportunities for Artists

Financial Tools for Organizations

  • COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Brown Smith Wallace of St. Louis — information including free webinars on the CARES Act, SBA and PPP loans, legislation, taxes and more, regularly published and updated
  • Navigating COVID-19 for Nonprofits, Wallace Foundation — video of April 15 webinar on tools to help organizations weather the economic crisis, from financial triage to scenario planning

All resources are confirmed as current as of November 4.

The Missouri Arts Council office is following the guidelines stipulated by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson, Missouri public health officials, and the governments of St. Louis City and St. Louis County.