As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves we want you to know that the Idaho Commission on the Arts is coordinating with government officials and closely monitoring the effect on our arts community. Many of you are up against uncharted challenges, facing interruptions in business and operations, and making difficult decisions about event and program postponements and cancellations.

We are nearing completion of this year’s grant funding cycle. At this time, advisory review panels for grant application reviews are continuing as scheduled through remote panel meetings. We realize that many of you might be concerned about current or pending grant funding from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Please feel at ease on that point—we are here to help and will be as flexible as possible with changes in the schedule and scope of grant-funded projects and programs.

The safety and well-being of our constituents and staff, and our ability to ensure the continuity of our services to you, are our top priorities. So, regardless of whether our staff are in the office or working remotely, we are available and will respond to your questions and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via email or phone.

General Preparedness Guidelines

Americans for the Arts is gathering data and impact stories. The survey will capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses. AFTA asks you to respond and encourages you to share this survey with your communities.

Federal relief for the non-profit arts sector

Congress and the Administration are approving new forms of federal economic assistance. Artists, arts organizations and arts supporters can join with others in the arts and nonprofit sector to speak up to ensure that relief will meet all community needs. Learn how you can help the arts get critical support.

How Dancers and Dance Organizations [and other performing arts] Can Prepare for the Financial Fallout of COVID-19. This interview with Jan Newcomb, executive director of NCAPER (the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response), addresses things artists and organizations can be doing today to mitigate your situation and become more informed.

The Event Safety Alliance is making several key resources available for free or at reduced cost, including the Event Safety Guide, and Event Safety Access core safety training.

Resources for Individual and Teaching Artists

Emergency Funding

National Grants/Relief Funds from 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organizations & Unions