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

Teaching artists from Allegheny County have been hard at work creating resources for #ArtsLearningAtHome. Take a look at the videos, live events, and projects they’re sharing on our #ArtsLearningAtHome resources page.

Resources 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.

visual artCarnegie Museum of Art has posted a variety of art resources for educators including lesson plans, art activities, and much more that can be sorted by category and grade level.

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.

danceThe Dance Studies Association has a robust list of virtual learning resources, including dance-specific tools and articles and articles related to theatre education.

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.

theatreThe Educational Theatre Association has a list of theatre resources, including online curricula and lesson plans, online performance resources, and links to other theatre organizations.

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.

danceThe National Dance Education Organization has a list of COVID-19 resources for virtual dance and creative movement learning, including apps, online teaching tips, and resources for dance for students with disabilities.

visual artPAEA hosted and recorded COVID and Clay, a webinar on teaching ceramics during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the recording, the organizers have made the presentation slides and links available on Google Drive.

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.

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.

Kennedy Center teaching artists have created Teaching Artists Present…, a compendium of arts-focused online lessons and activities for families and educators.

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 Cultural Trust has posted Creative Connections lessons for learners of all ages. The lessons feature videos, instructions, and resource lists in different arts disciplines for connecting with the arts at home.

The Pittsburgh STEAM Station has videos of STEAM activities to try out at home.

theatrePrime Stage is hosting Prime Stage Shares on its Facebook page, including Meaningful Mondays focused on quotes and mindfulness, Wacky Wednesdays with creative activities, and Storytime Fridays featuring live readings. Prime Stage has also published a spring and summer activity guide.

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. GPAC has also launched HR Connect for its members, which provides free, confidential human resources advice via email or phone.

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.

City of Asylum has launched The Show Must Go On(line). This channel will host virtual concerts, lectures, readings, and more. It serves as both a repository for local arts events and a temporary replacement for the free programming previously offered at Alphabet City on the North Side.

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 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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