COVID-19 Resources for Educators and Learners

We’re aggregating all the COVID-19 arts ed resources we can find in one place. For webinars, virtual music lessons, online museum tours, and resources for artists, check back here. We’ll update this page each weekday as new opportunities become available. If you have more resources to get through the coronavirus pandemic, you can email them to

Resources for educators

visual artThe Artbar Blog is sharing a weekly art and play activity guide for kids and parents in quarantine. This “creativity supplement to homeschool learning for kids 3–8” includes suggestions for drawing tools, nature walks, and more.

visual artThe Art of Education will be hosting weekly webinars and has a list of resources that includes art lessons, mental health support, and much more for educators. 

The Arts Education Partnership has a long list of valuable resources that includes links to funding opportunities, dance resources, announcements, and much more.

The Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) Hub has shared a resource page on culturally responsive–sustaining remote learning. More resources will be added as they are available.

Education Reimagined has launched a distance learning resource center with links to virtual learning tips, free films and documentaries, and resources for uplifting spirits during COVID-19.

HundrED has a website about proactive measures in education during the coronavirus.

The Kennedy Center has a large collection of resources related to dance, music, theatre, and media arts. These include video clips, lesson ideas, thought-provoking questions for learners, and much more.

visual artThe Mattress Factory’s Toolkit has lessons related to the museum’s collection of installation art and tied to Pennsylvania’s state standards for the arts.

musicThe National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has created a page of virtual learning resources for music educators. It includes links to professional learning webinars, others organizations’ resources, and resources for ensembles.

There is a private Facebook group to support educators dealing with temporary school closure.

musicThe Save the Music foundation has a roundup of numerous music education resources for music teachers dealing with COVID-19 school closures. The list includes recording software, music theory resources, and links to other advocacy groups.

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) has assembled a multidisciplinary list of arts instructional resources. The list contains spreadsheets of resources ordered by discipline and will be continuously updated.

TransformED at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit is planning a series of Pop-Up PLNs on topics ranging from using Scratch to making talking books with PowerPoint.

The University of Pittsburgh has an article out about teaching online that covers topics ranging from managing learning across time zones to accessbility.


Resources for learners, families, and caregivers

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has a Museum at Home site that will be regularly updated with maker projects and which features archived episodes of the MAKESHOP Show.

JFCS Pittsburgh has a list of resources for parents with kids at home that features virtual museums and parks, daily scheduling suggestions, and more.

Kidsburgh has a list of 20 hands-on activities for kids that includes links to instructional videos, project suggestions, and more. 

visual artMo Willems, Kennedy Center artist in residence, is hosting lunch doodles each weekday at 1pm ET. Viewers can also ask questions and view archived episodes on the Kennedy Center website.

musicThe Music Teachers National Association has a list of websites for kids. Among the websites are games for kids interested in classical music, virtual tours of music halls, music theory resources, and more.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has a COVID-19 resources page for school communities that includes messages from the Secretary, FAQs, and tips for talking to children about COVID-19.

The Pittsburgh STEAM Station will have daily videos of STEAM activities to try out at home.

musicSunburst School of Music in Pittsburgh will be offering online music lessons to those interested. Those interested should reach out to the school for more information.

visual artTinkerlab has maker ideas and visual arts challenges for learners on its website. There are also science projects and other activities, and those interested can sign up for a mailing list with new activities and ideas.

We Are Teachers has assembled a list of authors reading their work aloud, sharing digital resources, and facilitating online activities.


Resources for artists

Americans for the Arts has a list of resources for artists and has recorded and shared its March 13 conversation with teaching artists about COVID-19.

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) has a comprehensive list of resources for artists that includes emergency funding for visual artists, musicians, writers, and more. Those with the means to do so can also donate to GPAC’s Emergency Fund for Artists to support Pittsburgh’s arts community.

WomenArts has shared a list of emergency funds for artists working in different disciplines, including writers, musicians, actors, and more.


Virtual arts experiences

theatreBroadway World is sharing Living Room Concert videos featuring the stars of Broadway shows singing musical theatre numbers. Videos include songs from GodspellCome from Away, and more.

visual art

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has created a Carnegie Museums from Home page with links to all four museums’ virtual resources. Check out Carnegie Museum of Art’s Collection page for an online archive of nearly 90,000 works of art, including over 70,000 negatives from the Teenie Harris collection.

theatreCity Theatre will be streaming a virtual version of the play Cry It Out until April 5. Their website also has links to other COVID-19 updates and offerings.

visual artThe Frick Pittsburgh has created a virtual experiences page with links to virtual exhibitions, the Frick’s digital collection, the museum’s blog, and more.

musicLincoln Center is sharing a wide variety of concert videos on its YouTube page. Performances range from modern dance to Sweeney Todd to Americana.

visual artThe Mattress Factory will be offering different virtual experiences to highlight their collections, including a walkthrough of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Dots Mirrored Room and Repetitive Vision. Follow the Mattress Factory on Instagram for more virtual arts experiences. Educators can also use the Mattress Factory’s Toolkit for lessons related to the museum’s collection of installation art.

MCN has posted The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections on their website. This meta-list has dozens of resources from institutions around the world.

musicThe Met Opera in New York will be offering nightly live streams. These live streams will be offered on the Met Opera’s website. Those interested should be aware that high demand may cause delays in streaming.

dancePittsburgh Dance Week 2020 will be offering streaming content from April 5–12 on their website in lieu of in-person performances. More information is available in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

musicThe Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has launched an Extraordinary Measures page that includes live concert videos, interviews with musicians, and educational offerings, including sensory-friendly musical experiences.

visual artThe Westmoreland Museum of American Art has also created a Virtual Experiences page that includes a virtual tour and links to browse the museum’s collection, read blog posts, and work on art activities at home.


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