Arts Preparedness + Response Resource List 

Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the residency field and its practitioners and artists. Below you will find our list of translatable resources to support your decision-making processes during this public health crisis. We encourage all of our member programs to connect directly with their near-peer residency organizations (i.e. other residencies in your region or similar program types) to share information and discuss flexible terms for artists and staff.


In addition to the following resources, ACA offers #ResidenciesConnect sessions engaging a variety of ACA Affinity Groups and topics. 



Relevant resources and recommendations for the residency field.

CDC + WHO Coronavirus Planning Guides

After careful research of translatable models, we feel that residencies should review:

For up to date information regarding travel advisories and global cases:


Anti-Racism + Just Practice

Letters to the Field

Frameworks + Action Guides


White Supremacy Culture/Work Culture

Systems + Organizational Change


Artist Selection


Mapping a Path to Reopening


Sample Plans

Workplace + Employee Safety


Health/Sanitization Protocols



Program Design, Artists + Staff

Artist Engagement + Program Development

Virtual Experiences


Staff Support + Remote Work

Human Resources 

Artist + Creative Worker Impact Surveys

Community Care, Mental Health + Wellbeing




CARES Act / Stimulus Package



Advocacy / Making the Case

Communication Planning

Countering Xenophobia 

  • While putting safety measures in place, we encourage deep consideration of the stigma associated with COVID-19. As advocates for all artists, we must also ensure that the steps we take are equitable in the treatment of Asian and Asian-American constituents.
  • Additionally, be aware of how a visiting artist may be received in your community and how this might impact the artist's experience.
  • Joanna Gattuso (@joeybirrd) on Instagram: White Supremacy Culture, but make it REMOTE

Artist Relief Funding + Grants