Community Resources during COVID-19

As we continue to adjust to this new reality, our mission at Photoville remains the same — amplifying visual storytellers, activating public spaces, and connecting artists to a wider worldwide audience. The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to approach this with creativity and flexibility, but as a non-profit organization of artists, organizers and producers, we have always thought and worked outside the box!


This challenging time just requires that we double down on staying connected, keeping informed, and working together. We at Photoville are currently working with our wide network to develop new initiatives, projects & opportunities to continue supporting artists and sharing their work with the community. We are here with you, and here to keep you informed and connected to practical, creative and educational resources. Bookmark this page and follow us on social media (find us on Instagram @photoville and Facebook @photovillenyc).


** If you have digital activities and resources you’d like shared, or if you have new ideas you’d like us to develop with you, please fill out this form or email us ([email protected]), and our team will be in touch soon.


Updated 5/19/20 — Latest resources will appear at the top of each section.

For Photographers & Creative Freelancers

Practical Resources

The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts
The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/photographer’s assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, and registrars.

Bernadette Fox Photo
Compiled a list of available COVID-19 focused grants and emergency relief funds, mainly for U.S.-based photographers and visual artists, including a detailed comparison of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (may also include up to $10k grant) and the Payroll Protection Program.


hireartists: Make more of screentime
hireartists is a marketplace designed to facilitate creative exchange during the Coronavirus-era.


Survey for Nightlife Businesses, Workers, and Freelancers Impacted by COVID-19
Please provide details for your canceled shifts, gigs, events, and other lost business income, revenue, or work opportunities so that MoME can share details with city-wide policy makers about the impacts of these closures.


Women Photograph Emergency Fund
This Emergency Fund is meant to provide a small amount of one-time support to independent women and non-binary photographers who need assistance.


Financial Relief Resources for Artists
Compiled list of emergency resources for artists as well an ongoing list of crowdfunding efforts to provide financial relief for artists.


Houston Arts Alliance Disaster Relief
Houston-Area Arts Resource List for artists and non-profits.


COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines, specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.


How freelancers can claim paid sick leave in a coronavirus emergency

A new law allows self-employed people impacted by the coronavirus to claim sick leave and family leave as a tax credit.


How to Disinfect Camera Equipment and Spaces


NYFA Compilation of emergency grants for artists


Livestreaming Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis (Howlround Theatre Commons)


Pulitzer Center / Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that supports independent global journalism, is seeking proposals that develop innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad.


How to: Zoom Cheat Sheet + using Breakout Rooms


British Journal of Photography Facebook group in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in which photographers can share tips and useful resources with each other during this difficult time.


Job Listings, Advice, Support groups for freelancers


Working from Home: A Survival Guide (The Denizen Co.)
This is the ultimate guide to working from home, especially for those who are new to telecommuting or newly self-employed.


6 Proactive Things You Can Do When Business Is Slow (The Denizen Co.)
In this article, we discuss six proactive things you can do when business is slow to manage your stress and make necessary improvements to your business.


BRIC / Resources for Artists during a Public Health Crisis
These resources offer assistance, such as financial support and opportunities for artists to continue to express their creative potential during these difficult times.


NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) COVID-19 Resource Guide
Created for press photographers, this webpage is updated with town halls, safety resources, mental health resources, emergency funding and grants for freelancers, tips for working from home, and advocacy.


The Everyday Projects / COVID-19 Guide for Visual Journalists
These general tips for visual journalists were created by Jenell Stewart, DO, MPH, Infectious Diseases physician-scientist at University of Washington. Dr. Stewart is married to Peter DiCampo, a visual journalist and cofounder of The Everyday Projects, and she created this guide to help journalists who are struggling with ethical and safety considerations in the current void of job specific information.


PhotoShelter / COVID-19 Resources for Photographers
As the threat of coronavirus spreads around the world, photographers are grappling with the potential for severe economic impact on their livelihood. Although a prolonged outbreak will require significant federal intervention, a number of groups have already started to provide useful information or financial support for freelancers. We’ve compiled the following list of resources for photographers that we’ll continue to update.


ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) / COVID-19 Resource Hub
ASMP is focused on assisting members during this time of uncertainty by publishing information about the pandemic grounded in facts, while also upholding our responsibility to be a steadfast advocate for our community of photographers and small business owners across the country.

Digital Content

Online Photoville Talks
Presented in partnership with Photowings
Thanks to the generous support of our partners at PhotoWings, we had the opportunity to film the incredible talks that took place in the beautiful space donated by Two Trees Management during Photoville 2018. The team at PhotoWings has a great track record of documenting powerful panels, events and artist talks and making them free to the masses, so it was a natural fit to collaborate with them on creating this educational resource. Check out these thought-provoking, brilliant conversations that took place during Photoville NYC 2018. STAY TUNED as we will be releasing videos of our 2019 Photoville Talks at St. Ann’s Warehouse over the next few weeks.


Online Artist Interviews: PhotoWings Video Library
Hundreds of free original interviews, which have been edited in multiple ways for educational purposes. Enjoy and be inspired!

Thesis Shows 2020
Because of COVID-19, and the necessary closures of schools around the world, many students were not able to install their annual thesis shows on campuses this school year. This was disappointing, and in many cases, devastating. We created this website, to serve as a location for the public to find links for the class of 2020.

Online Artist Talks from Exposure: Alberta’s Photography Festival
Hear more about the work and practices of the Exposure 2020 exhibiting artists in the video clips below.


FREE PhotoShop Virtual Summit (April 13 – 17)
An amazing 5 days of practical training from leading Photoshop experts.


Sundance Co//ab Master Classes
Live, online learning experiences for creators who are ready to take their projects to the next level.


FREE online digital media classes such as Making a Film on your smartphone and Mobile Phone Podcasting.


Instagram account asking people all over the world to share their experience of the Coronavirus pandemic through photos, videos, memes, drawings, survival tips and more.


Digital Events: Photos at Zoom with the Museum of Contemporary Photography
Every week, Photos at Zoom will explore different topics relating to photography, including sessions on the Fundamentals of Photography, Photographing the Domestic, Landscape and Place, and more!


Online Workshops: The Muse
45 Free Online Classes, including: Coding, Web Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, Social Media, SEO, Analytics,  multiple Communications classes, Intro to Journalism, Writing, Entrepreneurship, Law.


Engage with ICP from Anywhere
Visit our galleries from home, take a class, watch and attend our public programs, and share your photography with us from afar.


Professional Development Webinar: Different storytelling formats in photobooks.

In this 30 minute talk, story editor Marc Prüst introduces his approach to visual stories. Through a collection of photobooks he shows various formats of photographic story formats, such as the typology, the portfolio, and the narrative.


Downloadable book: Business and distribution models for documentary photographers
I wrote a small book on business and distribution models for documentary photographers downloadable for free here.


Online Magnum Foundation Symposium: Photography Expanded: Counter-Histories
Live-stream of the 2018 symposium will featuring projects that question official histories, disrupt the power structures embedded in archives, and explore the radical possibility of alternative narratives. Presenters include Alexandra Bell, Ariel Goldberg, Hector René Membreno-Canales, Interference Archive, Laura Wexler, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Nicole Marroquin, Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Sim Chi Yin, Susan Meiselas, Tomas van Houtryve, and Village Live.

For K – 12 Educators

Practical Resources

Collaborating to navigate digital learning. Photoville is holding regular digital gatherings with our community of educators to hear their unique needs as you navigate this new digital learning space. Our intention is to develop ways to activate our network, resources, and ideas to meet these needs.


NYC Arts in Education COVID-19 Resource Page
As one of the main convening bodies for NYC’s arts in the education community, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable will continue to serve as a consistent entity for organizations and individuals to turn to for support, guidance, and solidarity as we all grapple with the impact of COVID-19.


The Parents Guide to Google Classroom
Please review and become familiar with this guide, many of your children are being asked to use this for online learning.


A “dedicated, free to use, invite-only class space,” is now free to use with groups of up to 50 people.

Digital Content

Lesson Plans: Photoville Educator Resources
Lesson plans & resource guides inspired by photography projects. (in the coming weeks, we are working on adapting a few select lesson plans for digital learning)


Webinar + Lesson Ideas: PhotoWings & Ashoka U
Advancing Changemaking Skills Through Photography: Self-Discovery Through Photography. With this webinar, participants gain valuable skills to use in work and in life, including communication skills, gaining trust and access, visual literacy, critical thinking, applied empathy, resilience, ethical considerations, preservation, and other critical changemaker aptitudes.


Online Artist Interviews: PhotoWings Video Library
Hundreds of free original interviews, which have been edited in multiple ways for educational purposes. Enjoy and be inspired!

For Kids & Families

Practical Resources

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings (crowd-sourced).


A marketplace of live online classes for kids ages 3-18. Outschool classes can be used to fill in gaps where school districts are unable to provide full-time remote schooling. (offering free classes for families in need).


Resources for Families (National Geographic)
Keep your family informed and engaged during the coronavirus shutdowns with parenting articles, study tips, science experiments, homework resources, cute videos, and more.


Coronavirus & Parenting: What You Need to Know (NPR)


Los Angeles Unified Partnership with PBS SoCal and KCET Plans to Provide Educational Content to Students:

  • PBS SoCal (Daytime programming from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-K through 2nd grade)
  • KLCS-TV (Daytime Programming would highlight content for Pre-K through 12th grade from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with additional educational programming in the evenings)
  • KCET (Daytime programming: 9th grade through 12th grade)
  • Additional educational programming on PBS SoCal and KLCS digital channels(Content streams on and and on the free KCET app (available on Roku and Apple TV), the PBS Video app (available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, the App Store, and Google Play), as well as on YouTube.)
Digital Content

Virtual NYC
There are still plenty of ways to explore the five boroughs while socially distancing. We’ve rounded up online resources from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters and other venues so that you can experience the best of New York City virtually. Read on for hundreds of ways to connect with your favorite NYC attractions—or discover new ones—from home or wherever you are right now.

Carnegie Hall: Activities for Families at Home

Lincoln Center: Family Activities at Home


Enriching Activities for children to do while parents are working (crowd-sourced)
We asked parents around the country to submit ideas for enriching activities to keep kids engaged while parents are working. It’s for ages 0-18 (and beyond!). You can search it by age, parental involvement level, prep time, cost, whether it’s for a group or one child, whether it involves a screen or not, and more. You can also add the activities keeping your kids busy and happy to the list. We welcome your contributions!


In partnership with @savethechildren and @nokidhungry, offering stories on Instagram and Facebook to provide fun and education to kids and parents + raising money to keep kids fed through school and community programs.


Scholastic / Resources for Families
Book Flix: children’s books organized by topic (username: Learning20 | password: Clifford)

Watch & Learn Library: children’s videos organized by topic (username: Learning20 | password: Clifford)

Learn at Home for PreK – K: Weekly remote learning journeys, with activities, daily reading quests, and more.


Resources for Families (Mommy Poppins)
Keep kids busy all day with science experiments, activities, crafts, cooking, and more.


20 Science Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Happy Hooligans)


30 Science Activities for Preschoolers That are Totally Awesome


Science Experiments for Toddlers


Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links — Safe Travels!


12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch


LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! (Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home)


Daily performance and rhythm activities (from the New Victory Teaching Artists)


Student Work Packets (from Kerens Elementary School)


Workshops, Museum Tours & Puppet Shows (Center for Puppetry Arts)

For Everyone: Staying Informed & Healthy

New York

NYC Resource Guide
An overview of services available in times where New York City is responding to COVID-19


Mutual Aid NYC
A network of neighborhood groups organizing to provide aid and support to New Yorkers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Here to keep you up to date on all available resources.


NYC Commission on Human Rights
Know your rights on case deadlines, housing protections, employment protections, public accommodation protections.


NYC Well (City of New York org)
Confidential, free counseling and resources, 24/7


New York State Department of Taxation COVID Tax Filing Update


  • The NYC Office of Emergency Management on Twitter: @nycemergencymgt
  • The Mayor’s Office on Twitter: @NYCMayorsOffice
  • The Governor’s Office:
  • Sign up for ongoing announcements from Notify NYC here.
  • You can also text COVID to 692-692 for the latest.



Resource Hub: LGBTQ Funding Resources in the COVID-19 Response
As with many crises, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on LGBTQ communities and other marginalized communities. During this crisis, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is committed to our mission of increasing the scale and impact of philanthropic resources aimed at enhancing the well-being of LGBTQ communities.


Information: The Side Eye: Viruses vs Everyone
Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris, with help from Dr. Siouxsie Wiles, explores three important points about Covid-19.


Small Business Administration COVID loans
Details as to interest rate (if any) or if funds will be granted assuming specified criteria are met; pending Congress approval of relief package.


Internal Revenue Service – COVID Latest Tax Information 


Insight Timer
All types of meditations, available on desktop or mobile, vast collection available for free.


A roundup of multilingual resources for COVID-19 (Switchboard)
Fact sheets, posters, multimedia, and links to live updates in multiple languages that can be shared with about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how to prevent it. It also includes multilingual resources about handwashing.

For Everyone: Staying Inspired

Digital Resources

A / D / O Global Community Events
Every week we’ll bring you a curated collection of creative activities, talks, events, and more that are taking place virtually, from designers and institutions around the world. See below for what’s coming up.


Instagram account asking people all over the world to share their experience of the Coronavirus pandemic through photos, videos, memes, drawings, survival tips and more


Kanopy – Film, Television, Courses streamed if you have a library card


Metropolitan Opera Live in HD – free every night


Streaming from Maysles Cinema

  1. Documentaries and films streaming for free online right now from many of our favorite filmmakers and friends
  2. Documentary and film resources for filmmakers and the film community who are affected in a variety of ways by the pandemic
  3. Community resources for those in Harlem & NYC who are at the American epicenter of this outbreak.


Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free & Borrowable Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 425 billion archived web pages.


Watch Andrei Tarkovsky’s Films Free Online: Stalker, Solaris, The Mirror, and Andrei Rublev
Watch online films by the legendary Russian filmmaker, Andrei Tarkovsky


List of free access to classical music during this time of isolation away from the music we love.


All the Stuff People Are Releasing for Free Because of the Coronavirus (Slate)


Stay at Home Fest
Until COVID-19 ends, artists are moving their events online, and we need a place to find them. Stay At Home Fest brings these events together into a massive ongoing music festival-style calendar, along with a curated “Main Stage Event.” We can slow the spread of COVID 19, support the artists we love, and fight the effects of isolation. Stay at home. But stay together.