COVID-19 Resources

AEP Partner Resources for Serving the Arts Education Field in the Time of COVID-19

 On March 12, 2020, Education Commission of the States published an information request outlining state education policy actions and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

At the Arts Education Partnership, we’ve started to receive requests from our partners for additional resources that can help them shift operations to online platforms for telework situations, serve their constituents in new ways and care for their employeesIn response to these requests, we’ve engaged our partners in sharing resources they’ve created and compiled that may be useful to others as we navigate these new ways of working. 

At the April Advisory Council Meeting, members flagged that many arts and education stakeholders are feeling overwhelmed by the ‘information tsunami’ related to COVID-19. To mitigate this, AEP’s Advisory Council volunteered to help vet quality resources that are most useful to arts and education leaders. The first section of this page highlights those resources that have been vetted by experts on our advisory could from multiple disciplines and types of organizations.

Below you’ll find additional resources AEP partner organizations have shared either directly with AEP or on their websites and social media accounts. We have not vetted these resources; we are compiling and publishing them quickly to respond to the immediate need. We will continue to add resources from partners as we receive them. To add to this list, please submit additional resources at this link  

Resources from AEP Partners:  

Americans for the Arts

Afterschool Alliance 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education:  

American Alliance of Museums 

 Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg 

 *Arts Ed Collaborative shared the following resources: 

 ArtsEd Washington – Washington Alliance for Arts Education 

*Arts Ed NJ

 Association of Art Museum Directors 

 Association of Performing Arts Presenters 

California Institute of the Arts 

Carnegie Hall 

 Carnegie Mellon University Master of Arts Management Program 

*Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education 

 Chorus America 

 *Educational Theatre Association shared the following resources: 

*Dance/USA shared the following resources: 

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

  • DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative’s Distance Learning Resources Database: The DC Collaborative’s Distance Learning Resource Database is a compilation of online and printable arts and humanities learning resources for students, teachers, and families. It is our hope that that materials on this database will be used to enhance arts and humanities education, equitably, inside or outside of the classroom. The database will be continuously updated with curricular guides, virtual field trips, and other educational activities to enhance students’ at-home learning experiences as well as Professional Development for educators.
  • DC Collaborative Daily ZoomChatswill take place weekdays at 11:00am to provide arts and humanities education community updates and opportunity to chat with DC Collaborative staff in response to COVID-19:

 Education Commission of the States

Ford Foundation 

Fractured Atlas 

Grantmakers in the Arts 

Great Minds 

  • Knowledge on the Go: Free Resources : Three-quarters of our more than 800 employees are or have been teachers, so we understand the pressure teachers are under at this time to keep students on track. We are here to support them with free resources including our Eureka Math®/EngageNY Math curriculum that is a free, open education resource available to anyone, anywhere. And starting Wednesday, March 18, we are going to share—free to anyone—recorded daily lessons in Grades K–12 of Eureka Math®, K–8 of Wit & Wisdom®, and 3–5 of PhD Science®. These lessons will be delivered by our own teachers and will be viewable on any device so that teachers and their students may use them. 

*Guitars in the Classroom shared the following resources:  

  • Guitars in the Classroom’s health policy for classroom music making safety
  • Guitars in the Classroom’s recommend procedures for cleaning classroom ukuleles and guitars 
  • How Guitars in the Classroom is responding to school closures:  
    • For residencies in home/hospital settings with medically fragile students, school closures have no effect.  
    • Guitars in the Classroomwill offer specifically qualified teaching artists some extra project-based work on curriculum development during closures.  
    • If closures are long, Guitars in the Classroom will compile community resources for their artists and will consider launching/promoting online fundraising concerts for them, featuring them, through Stage-It. They will also launch a music club strum and sing-along hour online for children whose schools are closed. This won’t reach students lacking internet access, but it will still reach many. 

International Council of Fine Arts Deans 

*International Child Art Foundation

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:  

*League of American Orchestras shared the following resources: 

  • Coronavirus resources: information and tools to help navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • As leaders of the Cultural Advocacy Group, the League also supported creating this Google doc, where national arts service organizations are listing their COVID resource pages.  

 Lesley University Creative Arts in Learning Programs 

Lincoln Center Education 

Malashock Dance 

Music for All Foundation

  • Just launched, a new home for resources for all music educators.

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM

National Art Education Association 

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 

 National Association for Music Education 

 National Association of Elementary School Principals 

 National Association of Secondary School Principals 

 National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)  

 National Dance Education Organization 

 National Dance Institute New Mexico 

*National Endowment for the Arts shared the following resources: 

National Education Association 

National Guild for Community Arts Education

  • National Guild covid19 response resources: A landing page for Guild content, events and resources
  • The Guild is beginning to organize a series of roundtable discussions, facilitated by practitioners in the field, the schedule is available on the Events Calendar. These roundtables are open to the public.
    • Teaching Artist Covid-19 Community Conversation: The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Association of Teaching Artists, Teaching Artists Guild, Creative Generation, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic hosted a free webinar to address how the COVID-19 health crisis is affecting teaching artists. Watch the recording
  • The Guild created two Facebook Groups for folks to connect and share strategies and advice. One for all community arts education providers and one specific to creative aging practitioners.
  • Tips for gathering virtually as effectively as possible including tips on Zoom, Google Hangouts, and livestreaming. Access it here.
  • COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources is an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. Check out the website here and also watch a recent webinar that covers many of the same topics.

 OPERA America 

  • Sector Response (compiled by Independent Sector) 
    • Bridgespan: Managing through Tough Times: Resources on creative new approaches to management as we enter into uncharted territory. 
    • Council of Foundations: COVID-19 Resource Hub: Hub with updated links regarding council announcements, latest news on coronavirus, resources for best practices for responding to COVID-19, and a page to share how your org is responding. 
    • Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19 Declared a PandemicUpdated hub related to global effect, where to help fund, and articles linking to the overall response to COVID-19 focused on disaster philanthropic giving. 
    • Northern California Grantmakers: 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Philanthropic Response: An updated list of events related to how to respond/discuss COVID-19 with the option to register, guidance and short descriptions on “how you can help,” along with additional resources. 
    • National Council of Nonprofits: The Nonprofit Community Confronts the Coronavirus: Outlining how the sector has reacted to COVID-19 and resources for how to move forward (external resources from state associations of nonprofits), day to day advice and the “encouraging civility.” 
    • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: What Nonprofits need to knowExpansive collation of resources not just for MN-area/ affiliated nonprofits, contains extremely useful information to combat potential racist and prejudiced incidents 
    • Events Industry Council: About Corona Virus: Resources focused on COVID-19 effect on events with niche videos, external resources to understand the virus, short term implications and concerns, insurance policies, and ways to work around the coronavirus with having to work with people in person (meetings, events, etc.). 

Perpich Center for Arts Education

Puget Sound Educational Service District: Arts Impact 

*Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (New AEP Partner!)

  • TeachRock: The 170+ easy to follow, always free lesson plans available at are available to everyone everywhere. These resources use popular music as a tool for student engagement. (Digital Learning Resource)

*Save the Music Foundation

  • K-12 Music Education Resources: list for music education focused resources including some of for-profit entities who are making things available for free for the time being and they are aware that we are listing them on our resource guide.

*State Education Agencies Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) shared the following resources: 

  • Arts Instructional Resources page for arts educators and families. This page provides links to multiple sites that focus on arts related instruction and activities in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The page can be explored by educators and families who are seeking learning ideas for our young dancers, artists, actors, musicians, and artistic technicians.
    • SEADAE will continue to add more links provided by members, partners, and public submissions through our online form each quarter.

South Arts 

Southeast Center for Arts Integration 

The College Board

The Heinz Endowments 

Young Audiences Arts for Learning 

U.S. Department of Education 

Additional Resources 

Association of Teaching Artists  

For Freelance Artists:

Alliance of Artists Communities 

New York Foundation for the Arts 


Smithsonian Institution 

Creative Generation 

Arts Administrators of Color Network  

The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc.  


Doodles Academy 

  • ‘Doodles at Home’ – Free Art Projects by Doodles Academy for kids aged 6-11: Doodles Academy provides visual art curricula for grades 1-5 that teachers can access for free online. Doodles Academy emphasizes using art to teach to the WHOLE child, building speaking & listening skills as well as connecting the art lesson to concepts in history, literacy, math, science, and social studies. Students to create a unique artwork that connects to their personal experiences. In response to the pandemic and shelter at home orders, we’ve been putting out ‘Doodles at Home’, a weekly series that adapts our curriculum into projects that students can access on their own.

     Alternate ROOTS

    •  Resource page which focuses on independent and community organizing sources

     Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

    The New Victory Theater

    Teaching Artists Guild (TAG)

    Learning Policy Institute

    The Salvadori Center

    • In an effort to help educators serve students throughout this crisis, The Salvadori Center developed a series of FREE project-based STEAM lessons educators can give students including free:
      • Lesson plans with teacher guides
      • Student instructions and worksheets
      • Lists of common materials often found at home to complete projects
      • And a design challenge to apply new concepts



    NYU Metro Center

    For families with kids at home:

    The Met Opera

    • The Metropolitan Opera: Remote Learning: For over a decade, the Met Opera’s landmark HD Live in Schools initiative has brought live opera broadcasts to students across the United States. To supplement these broadcasts, the Met crafts a series of educational materials that encourage and empower students, teachers, and community members to engage with and enjoy this art form. All of these materials are available online, free of charge. Taken individually or together, they offer an excellent supplement to online teaching and arts curricula, as well as an entertaining way to learn more about both specific operas and opera in general. Please feel free to share them with your community and colleagues, as well as with any other arts or education administrators who may be interested in these resources.

    ArtBridge Projects

    • ArtBridge COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund: ArtBridge started a fund where we will be rewarding grants from $250 to $500 on a weekly basis to NYC-based emerging visual artists via an ongoing fundraiser.

    Course Hero

    Crayon Collection

    Black Violin

    Financial Resource:

    Fresh Films

    • Fresh Film Video Challenges: Fresh Films Video Challenges were created to allow educators to meet students where they want to be: on the screen. Every 2 weeks, middle and high school students respond to a challenge topic with a 2-minute video. With step-by-step project guides and video lessons as well as self-reflective and social justice themes, teachers can use challenges as Social Studies, SEL, Science or Media Arts assignments in their digital classrooms.

    For Artists:

    Digital Learning:

    Education Through Music

    • Distance Learning Resources: At Education Through Music (ETM), every child, at every school, deserves access to high-quality music education. For many students, classroom learning has moved into their homes, but music education should be a part of everyone’s school day. Check out free distance learning resources created by incredible educators. The site will be updated regularly with new great lessons and games. These activities can be done in almost any home and only require a few everyday household items, two hands for clapping, and a big smile.

    Young Audiences of Houston

    • Young Audiences of Houston’s Arts for Learning Creativity Pops!: Each online video is created to inspire learning at home. Young Audiences of Houston Teaching Artists are invaluable contributors to Houston’s arts ecosystem and each commissioned creativity pops video provides financial support to our teaching artists. Stay tuned as we post new videos each week, and enjoy a pop of creativity each day.

    Everlywell (An at home healthcare site)

    Mazaam Interactive Inc.

    • Mazaam: Mazaam is an edutainment app recommended for children ages 4 to 6 (Pre-K to K-3) which uses classical music as an educational tool that promotes the development of emotional, cognitive and psychomotor skills. It’s being offered for free until June 30th to support families who are now confined at home. The user doesn’t need to create an account and there are no subscription fees.The Florida Department of Education has added Mazaam to its list of free educational resources for families

    Purdue University Global

    Lewis Prize for Music

    • COVID-19 Community Response Fund, which will award $1 million in $25,000 and $50,000 grants to youth-serving music programs to support their responsive and adaptive efforts during COVID-19. 
    • Toolkitthat includes more information about this fund.

    INK Theater

    • Check out this website for a FREE week of creative courses via Zoom to provide parents with fun, creative, educational outlets for their kids.

    Think 360 Arts for Learning

    For Parents



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