Information and Resources for COVID-19

In New Bedford, even in these times, Art is Everywhere!

Up until recently, we’ve celebrated our city’s rich arts and culture in person, in our neighborhoods, and together with friends and family. In this new and uncertain landscape of practicing social distancing, we are discovering new ways to share, connect, gather and be inspired.


New Bedford’s #ArtIsEverywhere campaign is for all of us, all ages, all genres, all art forms, all experience levels.
We encourage you to share your art with “high tech,” such as streaming events or sharing videos, or “low tech,” such as taping art in your windows or writing chalk poems on the sidewalk.


Share your art with us!
Use #ArtisEverywhere on all social media platforms, and tag us:
Facebook and TikTok @NewBedfordCreative
Twitter and Instagram @_NBcreative

Email Margo Saulnier with other ideas and resources at


Resources for Arts and Culture

New Bedford Economic Development Council (local)
It is important for everyone to be aware of the facts of COVID-19 Coronavirus and the local, state and national networks sharing up to the minute information. has been reorganized to focus on the most up-to-date information, resources, and news affecting the business community—this includes artists, galleries, and nonprofits!

In order to assist New Bedford small businesses experiencing COVID-19 hardships, the NBEDC has enacted several measures for existing loan clients and is accepting Hardship Loan Requests for existing New Bedford businesses. Email the completed application and supporting documentation to Click here for more information and to download an application.


Americans for the Arts: Response and Resource Center (national)
Americans for the Arts has established a Response and Resource Center that will be updated on a daily basis. This includes preparation information, funding and grants, resource pages and much more. Click here for more information.


Artplace America: Artist Resources (national)
In times of crisis it is often hard to find the resources, information, and help we need. From loss of income and cancelling of events to shifting to online meetings and more, the COVID-19 virus is affecting many artists, nonprofits, and communities across the globe. ArtPlace America has a running list of resources to start to help mitigate and navigate the effects of the virus (whether it be financial, health, etc) going forward. Click here to view the list.


Artwork Archive’s Financial Relief List (national)
COVID-19 is impacting all of our lives across the globe. While social distancing and lockdowns are the right moves to protect the health of our communities, the complete picture of the financial repercussions are still unknown. With canceled exhibitions, classes, conferences and workshops over the span of a very short time, many artists are feeling the stress of lost income and an uncertain future. In the face of the unknown, artists have, unsurprisingly, gotten creative about how they are changing their artistic practice. However, if you, like many, are finding that you need additional financial resources to get you through this time, there are emergency grants available for artists. Click here to view the list.


Co-Creative Center launches Youtube Channel (local)
As we all go through major changes and shifts, the Co-Creative Center and its community members have dedicated a channel for inspiration, shared knowledge and access to short learning sessions to inspire creativity and keep our community connected with love! Interested in sharing a video on their channel? They are accepting videos of 10 minutes or less. Email your video and include your name, title and a few sentences to Dena Haden at Click here to view and subscribe to the channel.


Creative Capital: Artist Resources (national)
Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and believes that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all of us. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, they have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. They will continue to update this list as the outbreak continues to affect the arts community. Click here for more information.


Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (local)
As your Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, we take our role, especially during such times very seriously, and rely on our partnership with you to be the most effective it can be. As always – we look to our mission to guide our work. Our strategy remains true: to mobilize philanthropy by matching donors and resources with community needs for the benefit of our region. We have established the SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund and are working with some lead donors on significant gifts to the Fund as well as redirecting some internal discretionary funds toward this important initiative. For more information on the Fund please visit our website.


EforAll: Resource List for Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses (local)
EforAll is compiling a national, regional, and local resources list for entrepreneurs and small businesses in their communities. There are some great loan programs being announced but they know that loans are not always the solution and should be explored carefully. Don’t hesitate to contact someone at EforAll for guidance. They will continue to update this list and welcome additional resources. Click here for more information.


Fractured Atlas Freelance Artist Resources (national)
Fractured Atlas has an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to: actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers and more. Click here to view the list.


Grantspace by Candid: Knowledge Base (national)
Grantspace by Candid has started a list to point you in the right direction to emergency financial resources due to an increase in COVID-19 hardships. Categories include nonprofits, individuals, artists (all disciplines), small businesses, and international aid. Click here for more information.


Guidelines: How to Stream Your Events Online (national)
As we all learn new methods of connecting, we’ve compiled a list of guidelines and articles that we hope are helpful for you as you begin (or continue) sharing your art digitally and in online platforms and apps.

Mass Cultural Council: Resources (state-wide)
Mass Cultural Council has created a COVID-19 resources page with links to useful information. This resource will be updated as more information becomes available from our state and federal agency partners, like the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you missed Mass Cultural Council’s free webinar led by staff from the Boston Public Health Commission and the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and hosted by Executive Director Anita Walker, here is a link to the recording. Click here for more information.


WBUR The ARTery: Grants and Resources for Artists and Nonprofits (state-wide)
Artists are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Museums, restaurants and venues have all closed, leaving many without a primary source of income. Filing for unemployment is a decent safety net but not all artists qualify to apply. If you’re looking for small emergency grants or funds to hold you over, read on to learn more. Click here to view the list.

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