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COVID-19 Resources for Creatives

COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has everyone on alert. As a Creative community, we want to ensure that we’re sharing as many resources as possible for all of us to stay informed and connected. This list will be updated as we receive new resources.

Remember to be kind to everyone and check on your elders and those who are vulnerable and cannot help themselves. 

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#WhileAtHome Resource List

This project has been a joint volunteer effort led by Bobak Emamian, DeRay Mckesson, William Donahoe, Chris Meyers, Nicky Chulo, Pawel Piekarski, Frank Chi, Nicholas Fulstra & Maestra. With a combined set of experiences spanning community organizing to traditional politics to start-up and tech/design, the site was developed and built to meet an immediate set of resource needs.

The site helps you find resources specifically for whatever you’re looking for and we love that there’s an entire page dedicated to Creatives. There are 30+ emergency relief funds available — visit whileathome.org to apply today.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

With original resources and inspiration provided by Nicole Brewer, Ann Marie Lonsdale, Quanice Floyd, Tiffany Wilhelm, Brian Herrera, Hannah Fenlon, & Clementine Bordeaux, this is a MASTER LIST of resources specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. Access the list here.

COVID-19: Black Girl Magik Wellness Initiative

Black Girl Magik, a collective conjuring a global sisterhood for women across the African diaspora, has  launched a global wellness initiative providing tangible resources to help you through this time from a mindful approach. Find it here.

COVID-19 Communication Symbols

Nelini Stamp is the Co-Founder of Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of women + non-binary artists and activists who sing protest music in the spirit of joy and resistance. Nelini shared this on Twitter: “As people are self quarantined & as cities will likely shut down in the US a bunch of organizers have put together a color code guide of communication so we can know how are neighbors are doing.” Read Nelini’s helpful Twitter thread on this helpful tool.

Financial Help and Opportunities.

The #blkcreativesjobs board. If you are a company or brand that is hiring for Creatives in any capacity – please consider adding your open roles to our job board. For the rest of the month, all proceeds will be donated to Creatives in need. Get more information about our job board here. 

We Are Rosie is a thriving community of over 2,000 independent experts for hire, and that number grows daily and they specialize in helping Creatives get hired for remote projects and opportunities. It’s free to join, Sign-up to join their database here.

Convert Kit, an email marketing platform, just announced The Creator Fund: a $50,000 fund to help cover rent, childcare, medical expenses, or groceries for any creator who needs it. If you are in need, submit your info here.

Attorney Whitney R. McGuire is helping out Creatives and artists who’ve had cancellations of jobs due to COVID-19 via her Instagram page. Get the context here and view the IG video session here.

SuperHi’s mission is to give creative and curious people the tools, techniques and confidence to bring ideas and work to life online. They’re here to help people advance in their skills and careers, work more confidently, or change their careers entirely, in the digital and creative industries. SuperHi is giving away scholarships, the deadline to apply is April 10th.

Bumble is giving up to $1m to small businesses in a tough position due to COVID-19. Visit their Twitter thread to get info on how to apply.

Notes and Tips On Working From Home.

For those who are now working from home OR need to tigthen up our work-from-home routine, we’ll be this section with helpful tips for making the most of this time. 

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Creative, Wellness and Play Time

Make space to connect intentionally during this time – whether it’s with yourself or the others around you.

Our friends over at BEOTIS are hosting Camp Beotis: Light and Lively Online Programming For All Ages. Sign up here for it. Word to their founder Tabia Yapp, who’s on our special list of Creatives who inspire us.

SMK BRK (pronounced ‘smoke break’) is the only safe haven for women to enjoy themselves and make space for their personal fulfillment through their cannabis use. But whether you identify as a woman or not, you’ll definitely want to check out the brand’s playlists – curated for any and every vibe you can think of. Find a new soundtrack here.

Loyalty Bookstore, an Indie bookstore in D.C. and MD specializing in diverse books for all ages, is offering $2 shipping all month long. Check out their Social Distancing reading list here.

Writer Rae Witte works from home ALOT and wanted to share how she stays fits when it’s cold or raining or she needs to stay close to her computer. Check out the list of at-home exercises here.

Gotham Writers is hosting their quarterly open house via Zoom next week. Sign up for a free hour long writing course.

A GOOD LAUGH: Watch “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black” a Saturday Night Live skit.

Have a resource to share? Send us a message on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook OR email us: work@blkcreatives.com