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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for educators
The 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.
The 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.
Carnegie 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.
The 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.
The Educational Theatre Association has a list of theatre resources, including online curricula and lesson plans, online performance resources, and links to other theatre organizations.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
There is a private Facebook group to support educators dealing with temporary school closure.
The 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.
Mo 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.
The 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 will have daily videos of STEAM activities to try out at home.
Prime 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.
Sunburst 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.
Tinkerlab 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.
The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Census 2020 Philanthropic Fund are offering mini-grants for community orgs willing to advance census work in communities at risk of undercounting. Grants up to $2,500 are available, and applications will be accepted until May 15.
WomenArts has shared a list of emergency funds for artists working in different disciplines, including writers, musicians, actors, and more.
Virtual arts experiences
Broadway World is sharing Living Room Concert videos featuring the stars of Broadway shows singing musical theatre numbers. Videos include songs from Godspell, Come from Away, and more.
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.
The Frick Pittsburgh has created a virtual experiences page with links to virtual exhibitions, the Frick’s digital collection, the museum’s blog, and more.
Lincoln Center is sharing a wide variety of concert videos on its YouTube page. Performances range from modern dance to Sweeney Todd to Americana.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.