A letter to our community

As of Monday March 16, 2020, Chashama is postponing all public programming, including workshops, receptions and open hours for exhibitions, until March 30th at the earliest. We do this to assist the CDC, New York City, and New York State officials’ efforts to contain COVID-19. 

Chashama’s office staff have moved to a temporary work-from-home model until March 30th. As always, we will be available to support our creative community Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm via email. Select team members will be available by phone as well. 

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 in regard to our community’s well being and re-evaluate our organization’s policies in two weeks, based on information and recommendations from public officials. 

Chashama cares deeply about the health of its community. We hope you join us in our effort to be mindful and caring toward one another in the coming weeks. 


The Chashama staff.


Artist Emergency Relief


Chashama sends healing energy and shining love to all. Below is a combined list of resources for our community.


If you are looking for more resources please visit:


The Art of Social Distancing 



NYC Rent Suspension Bill

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Senate Deputy Leader Gianaris Calls For Rent Suspension For Residential Tenants, Small Businesses Amid Coronavirus Crisis.


COVID-19 Relief Petition for NYC Artists and Gallerists

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New Art Dealers Alliance started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, still needs signatures!


Actor’s Fund Assistance

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Free and confidential social service programs are available nationally and address a wide array of challenges faced by people in performing arts and entertainment. Professional social workers offer counseling and support groups, education, emergency financial assistance, and practical help.


American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund

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A grant that provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with the Actors Fund to administer this program nationally and provide comprehensive social services.


The Haven Foundation

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The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers, and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or personal catastrophe.


Dramatist Guild Foundation

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It is vital to support writers in times of need so that they can get back to doing what they do best. DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.


NYFA Emergency Grants

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Good resource for individual artists seeking financial aid.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts

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Resource for individual artists, possibility to receive emergency grant between $500 – $2500.


Alliance of Artists Communities

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Relief resource for individual artists, possibility to receive emergency grant up to $1,000.


Artist Safety Net

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Emergency grants and other assistance are available to professional artists working in craft disciplines who have had a recent career-threatening emergency.


Joan Mitchell Foundation

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The Foundation aids and assists painters and sculptors, and provides targeted relief to those affected by a natural or man-made disaster.


Pollock-Krasner Foundation

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For painters, artists and sculptors who work on paper, including printmakers with demonstrable financial need.


The Artists’ Fellowship

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We are a small non-profit that provides emergency aid to PROFESSIONAL VISUAL ARTISTS practicing in drawing, painting, sculpting, installations, graphics, fine art photography and fine art ceramics.



Virtual Medical Consultations

NYU Langone →
One Medical →
Contact your Primary Care Physician’s office and find out if they have any virtual consulting options, many medical organizations such as NYU Langone & One Medical are now offering these options as a way to alleviate the overload on hospitals & doctors offices at this time.


Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

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Provides visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies.


Author’s League Fund

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A grant that supports professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.


Emergency Medical Distribution

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During a pandemic flu outbreak, bioterrorism attack or other public health emergency, you can get free medication, vaccinations and medical supplies at one of the City’s Point of Dispensing (POD) sites.



Medical Facility Donations & Requests

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What do essential workers on the front line need? Visit this website to both request and donate equipment to health care providers.


Support Local Businesses

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From your Sunday morning bagel spot to your favorite nail salon, now’s the time to support the places that make the city feel like home—from your home.


Pandemic of Love: Community of Individual Giving 

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What is a mutual aid community? It connects people in need with patrons who can help with that need. This is a tangible way for people to give to each other, quickly, discretely and directly.


Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

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Created by Shade Literary Arts, this fund is to help at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the current COVID-19. Priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color, but I hope this relief fund will help many queer writers of color it can. Also visit this site to request relief (link in their GoFundMe bio).


Community Dropbox 
Resource List

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Many resources have been compiled by and/or for LGBTQIA+, GNC (gender non-comforming), QTPOC (queer and trans people of color), AIDS/HIV+, underemployed, undocumented, uninsured, artists, culture workers and activist communities who have long had to deal with systemic crises and neglect, and have made grassroots connections and invested in robust networks more so than those with vastly different privileges.


Artist Relief Tree Facebook Fundraiser

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“We intend to use this money to support artists – particularly freelance artists. We aim to be the bridge which ensures that AS MANY ARTISTS AS POSSIBLE receive at least a little bit of help. Hope and solidarity help, too. We are offering a one-off, first-come-first-served $250 “solidarity donation” for artists who apply.” Visit their facebook page for more info and to donate.


NYC COVID-19 Mutal Aid Community Lists

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Combined list of sources for NYC residents to receive aid in a number of ways and includes methods of connecting with your community.



Gibney Dance Outreach

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Resource list specific to Dance Community, organized into three categories: stay engaged, get support, and advocate & organize.


Help Out the Electronic Music Community

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Various online resources have sprung up in the wake of cancellations currently decimating the live music sector. Links for various ways to help and receive support available on this page.


NYC United Against Coranavirus

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This document contains information and resources to help New Yorkers respond to the coronavirus.


Brooklyn Arts Council Disaster Relief List

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Additional list of resources for emergency funds for artists in need.



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Crowdsourced list of resources for freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community


Bomb Magazine COVID-19
Resource List

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A list of vital resources for artists, writers, musicians, and performers.


Adobe Cloud Deal

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Adobe is offering a free, two-month deal for any existing customers who seek to cancel their memberships.



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Aims to ensure that resources about disaster preparedness, recovery, and response for artists and arts organizations are distributed to the field in a manner that is up to date, easy to find, and without redundancy.


Art Education and Social Distancing

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Learn how to navigate COVID-19 if you are a teaching artist or in the art education field.


Dr. Daphnie Sicre at Loyola Marymount University

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How to teach online and online resources for teaching artists.


Arts Resources During the
COVID-19 Outbreak

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A continually updated list of relief funds for artists during this difficult time.



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ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.



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Resources for Artists in the COVID-19 Crisis. Emergency grants, freelance resources, legal aid, and more.


Americans for the Arts Disaster Preparedness

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Up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field.


Creative Capital

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A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. If you have resources to offer, a submission form is also available via this website.



NYSCA’s list of relief grants for artists and general resources as well. They will also repost resources and links provided by the arts and cultural sector from time to time on this blog.



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