COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Center

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an enormous personal and financial impact on artists and cultural organizations across Illinois.

Arts Alliance Illinois is currently in the process of assessing the potential direct financial impact of COVID-related closures on our sector. We will continue our advocacy for the critical resources that artists and cultural organizations will need in this environment. Our sincere thanks to government leaders, health officials, and the philanthropic organizations that have been partnering with us thus far.

To read the Alliance's statement on Governor Pritzker's announcement on large gathering restrictions, click here.

While this situation develops, we will update this page with news and resources as they become available.

If you have information or suggestions for this page, please email Dimi Venkov at


In order to advocate for emergency relief funding in response to the coronavirus, Arts Alliance Illinois needs to understand the negative consequences on the creative sector in more concrete terms. We are collecting information about the impact on arts organizations so that we can better advocate for support for the sector.

The data you provide will only be used in the aggregate, and all of your answers will be kept confidential.


  • Follow the CDC's advice for disease prevention.
  • If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
  • For arts patrons, consider donating the price of any purchased tickets to impacted cultural organizations.
  • Do everything possible to support individual artists through purchase of work, short-term hiring, and beyond.
  • Be kind. Be thoughtful. Call out racism, xenophobia, and any other discrimination that you see.


ArtsReady - Preparing for Potential Impact of the Coronavirus
Lawyers for the Creative Arts - Coronavirus Legal Help in Illinois
Springboard for the Arts - Principles for Ethical Cancellation
Theatre Communications Group - Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres
CERF+ - Artist Business Continuity Planning
PR Boutiques International - 10 Best Practices for Communication Management of COVID-19


3Arts - Emergency Funding Opportunities
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists - Resources for the independent artist community
Creative Capital - List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Alliance of Artist Communities - Emergency Relief Programs


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
World Health Organization - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Illinois Department of Public Health - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Be safe. Don't panic. Take care of one another. We will survive.