Featured Image by Muhammed Ajwad K (who is available for design hire)

Hi all! I’ve been thinking a lot about my art practice and I’m a little stuck trying to actually make work… I feel like what people need the most is resources. SO. Instead of getting in a rut trying to force myself to create the way I was, I’d like to create a public/crowd sourced list of those resources.

I was trying to think about what kind of format would be best, and although there are probably 1,000 different or better ways to do this, I figured this would be a good start. Use this as something that you can share with your friends and family for resources and things to keep you grounded.

My hope is that it can include information for people in as many cities and states as possible. I definitely can’t do that alone though, so please send me resources you think would be helpful to add. A link with some basic information about what it is would be best! You can email everything directly to me at rkashikar1@gmail.com or comment below, and I’ll get them added as soon as I can. Include “Blog Addition” in the subject line so I know it isn’t spam!

As I was making this, I found Save Our Small — a website filled with AMAZING resources. They are particularly amazing as a resource file for small businesses that are looking for funding. They also have a great “Save Our Selves” page that has resources for staying sane.

Hope you all are staying healthy and safe!


Current Categories


Funding Opportunities

Federal/National

The COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers. This survey works to providing information to decision makers about the impact COVID-19 is having on artist.

Save Our Small is a GREAT resource. It has a continuously growing list of all the funding applications as well as a list of local businesses that you can support. Check out their website and follow them on instagram to stay updated.

Stay up to date on what the Center for Disease Control is suggesting. Check their website often!

The Trans Liberation Collective and Brave Space Alliance are collaborating to provide Relief funding for transgender, non-binary, and intersex individuals.

A resource sheet for Undocumented communities. If you know of any additional resources, you can email the organizer to add to the list.

LOTS of applications available to apply for emergency funding for all mediums and those of you that are self-employed in a creative field. Click here to find a compilation of these resources on Art Net.


Illinois

Arts for Illinois was launched as a platform to collect donations and provide funding for artists impacted by the virus. You can find the link to donate or apply for funding here.

Apply for Unemployment Insurance if you’ve lost your job or your income has been affected through loss of hours due to COVID-19.


Chicago

SAIC has created an application for Emergency Loan/Grant Funding. If you are a current student at SAIC, use the link above to apply.

773 – 553 – KIDS is the number to call for families that need help getting for for children that will be home and need meals in Chicago

This is to compile a list of Chicago landlords who have exhibited poor behavior towards tenants during The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. You can access the document if you are having issues with your landlord.


Self Care

Food/Recipes

For vegan/vegetarian recipes that are wholesome and very tasty! All recipes are free on the Pick Up Limes blog.


Feel Good

William O’Brien will be starting a Meditation Group! It is free to join and open to anyone interested. They will take place every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of April from 7:00 – 7:45 pm CST. Email William at wobstudio@gmail.com for the Zoom ID and password.

Hyde Park Art Center will be providing a pay-what-you-can system for their upcoming arts classes. They will be online, so you can access these from anywhere! Register for upcoming classes through this link.


Stay Informed

NoBody is Disposable Collective has a resource link for legal advice that have experienced medical discrimination. Thanks to Dove for sharing this resource!

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, but need to wear a mask (which you should be doing), consider ordering from Ashley Lawrence. She is making them for those who them for free. If you can, support her GoFundMe page to help support keeping these masks free.

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