COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Organizations:


Orange County Arts Council will repost resources and links provided by the arts and cultural sector from time to time on this list.  If you have a proposed resource, please share with us by emailing

 New Yorkers can access specific information about the virus on the Department of Health’s website: or by phone at (888) 364 3065. You can also find specific information and updates about the virus on the website and social media platforms of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


We know that navigating applications and funding sources during this time can be challenging. We offer Orange County Residents caller the option for support with half-hour free phone consultations.

Virtual satellite office consultations appointments are available every Friday from 1:00-5:00 pm for Orange County residents.

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Time slots  for consultations must be reserved in advance.


Funding Resources:


OCAC Staff favorites:

AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY –  To be eligible for this program, an artist must demonstrate need and a professional relationship to documentary filmmaking. For the purposes of this application, “professional” is defined as one or more of the following roles:   1) Director or 2) Producer. This COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund will provide rapid response grants up to $500 to assist artists with basic needs including food, immediate health needs and insurance premiums. Applications are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the fund is expired.

FCA Emergency Grants –  The Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants. FCA will continue to focus its support on artists making work of a contemporary, experimental nature. If you are unsure about whether your work is experimental, you can see other artists we have supported on their Instagram and  website. Relief will be provided to artists who can demonstrate that they have had an engagement canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation COVID-19 response grants You are eligible to enter the lottery for a grant of $2500 from the Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation if you are:  1) A playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist 2) Have had a full professional production (defined for these purposes as a LORT, Off-Broadway, or Broadway full production, not a reading or workshop) of which you are a writer that was cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 closures.

The Haven Foundation – This assistance is for A freelance qualified person Experiencing a specific career-threatening emergency. The deadline is July 17th, 2020.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants These grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal and medical expenses. Past recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants acknowledge their critical impact in allowing concentrated time for studio work, and in preparing for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as accepting a residency.


Resources to Engage in Arts from Home:

Open Learn: – Free classes for arts and history, plus other subjects – Website with all things fine art


Lunch doodles with Mo Williams:


Kaela performs Kabalevsky Concerto 2nd Movement:


Open Culture – 1150 Free Movies plus other things:


List of streaming concerts

Metropolitan Opera:

From Munich: Bayerisches Staatsoper:


Alvin Ailey posts a variety of offerings on its website:

From Munich: Bayerisches Staatsballett:


Download Free Books:


NYPL: To gain access, NYPL’s free e-reader app, SimplyE, can be downloaded for iPhone or Android.There is a limit of three books that you can borrow because there has been a surge in the app’s usage now that we’re all at home, according to the library.


Publisher’s Weekly digital for free: – MUST CUT AND PASTE



Silent 1925 Ben Hur:

1927 restored version of Metropolis:

The General 1926:

City Lights 1931:

The Thief of Bagdad 1924:



What’s streaming in British theatre: