COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates from the Cultural Council

Updated on January 22, 2021

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County continues to monitor all updates and public health advisories related to COVID-19, and will regularly update this page with event and program information and helpful resources.

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Cultural Council Events & Programs

The Cultural Council’s galleries and store have reopened to the public with our visitors’ and staff’s health our top priority. Facial coverings and social distancing are required at all times when visiting the Cultural Council building and Project Space. Current hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12-5 p.m.

To learn more about our current gallery exhibitions and to view select galleries online, go to

Muse Awards

For the first time ever, the Cultural Council presented this year’s Muse Awards virtually on January 14, 2021. The presentation can now be viewed online at

Institute for Cultural Advancement

As a service to Palm Beach County’s cultural community, the Cultural Council offered free virtual sessions under our signature professional development series, the Institute for Cultural Advancement. The sessions can be accessed online at

Activity Book

Children of all ages will love this activity book filled with games, coloring pages, and more – inspired by arts & culture in Palm Beach County.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more arts inspiration, special live interviews with artists, and more!

Cultural Destinations and Activities

As Palm Beach County’s local arts agency, the Cultural Council strives to be a comprehensive source of information regarding re-openings and virtual opportunities to experience Florida’s Cultural Capital®. Please follow us on social media for updates and inspiration from our cultural community.

Restart with the arts! Cultural organizations are welcoming visitors back, with safe experiences for the whole family. As such, the Cultural Council has curated a list of Palm Beach County cultural destinations that have reopened.

Learn more about the impact that COVID-19 has had on our cultural sector, and how you can join the Cultural Council in helping Palm Beach County restart with the arts by visiting

Virtual Cultural Experiences

To experience Florida’s Cultural Capital® from home, the Council’s Palm Beach County events calendar now includes virtual classes, performances and tours along with live events and activities.

Organizations: Please help us share your COVID-19 related updates by emailing

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Palm Beach County Artist Relief Fund

The Cultural Council created the Palm Beach County Artist Relief Fund in March 2020 to help local creative professionals who lost critical income due to COVID-19. Thanks to community members and the support of the Great Charity Challenge and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the Cultural Council raised more than $45,000, awarding small grants of $250 directly to more than 100 creative professionals (including visual artists, actors, musicians, dancers and others) living in Palm Beach County. 

Learn more about the fund and view the entire list of recipients here.

National Resources

Be sure to check the following pages to read COVID-19 news, resources and grants available from our national partners. Below, you’ll also find a list of helpful resources for both artists and cultural organizations that will be updated as often as possible.

Americans for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

Resources for Organizations

Americans for the Arts Survey

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector
AFTA is gathering data and impact stories through this 5-minute survey. The survey will capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers triumphed and survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses.

Florida Humanities CARES

This statewide program provides vital funding to support general operating expenses for our most vulnerable cultural organizations and communities, so that they can continue to provide opportunities for our state’s diverse communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage and civic learning during this unprecedented time and in the future.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations
NEH invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Discover The Palm Beaches and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (Palm Beach Chapter)

Re-Bound Back to Business Webinar
We know businesses have a lot of questions on health and safety standards, social distancing practices and the new normal. These two organizations will help answer some of these questions during a free virtual presentation on 5/14 at 2 p.m. Prior to the call, participants are encouraged to email their questions to

Research Services

Reflecting and recovering from the crushing blow of this epidemic on nonprofit arts and culture will require data as well as donations. Telling the story of your organization’s artists and participants and communicating your needs is more powerful with research. You can use this data for emergency fundraising, new grant opportunities, matching funds, and to adjust programs to our (hopefully temporary) new normal. The Council’s research partner Surale Phillips is committing pro bono services for 19 special projects over the next 24 months for local nonprofit arts organizations. Please send your request to

Devos Institute of Arts Management

Practical Steps in a Time of Uncertainty
Michael Kaiser and Brett Egan (authors of “The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations”) offer steps to be considered by arts organizations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pro Bono Consultation to U.S.-Based Arts Organizations
As the pandemic moves around the globe and across communities, nonprofit organizations are tasked with ensuring safe operations while still carrying out their missions—and, in many cases, increasing their workload. Wired Impact is collecting resources and links to help charities in their responses, including information about human resource management, fundraising, communications, event planning and more.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Briefing on Emergency Coronavirus Funding for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits
The foundation’s president and chief policy officer present a 33-minute discussion on how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act impacts nonprofits, what to expect in the implementation phase, and how it can help nonprofits during the coronavirus crisis.

U.S. Department of the Treasury

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program established by the CARES Act, is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support from the Department of the Treasury.  This program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

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CARES Act: 9 Things To Know About The Payroll Protection Program For Your Nonprofit
Assistance is available to nonprofit organizations in need. Here’s what you need to know about the CARES Act and the Payroll Protection Program to apply starting Friday, April 3.

Wired Impact

As the pandemic moves around the globe and across communities, nonprofit organizations are tasked with ensuring safe operations while still carrying out their missions—and, in many cases, increasing their workload. Wired Impact is collecting resources and links to help charities in their responses, including information about human resource management, fundraising, communications, event planning and more.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is now accepting applications from businesses suffering economic distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualified small business applicants must employee 2 to 100 people. Amounts are up to $50,000 per eligible business and up to $100,000 in special cases – the loans are interest-free for up to one year.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and additional details for applying, visit the Loan Program’s informational website.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

* As of 4/15/2020, SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

Performing Arts Readiness

Emergency Preparedness Webinars
The Performing Arts Readiness project offers free webinars, on-site training, and presentations at professional conferences on various topics related to emergency preparedness.

Podcast: Capacity Interactive

How Arts Organizations Can Survive A Pandemic
In this podcast, Brett Egan and Erik Gensler discuss the seven clear steps arts leaders should consider when institutions are being put to the ultimate test. Brett also provides his guidance around fundraising, marketing, programming, and leadership during this unprecedented time.

How COVID-19 is Impacting Intentions to Visit Cultural Entities
In this podcast, Erik Gensler asks Colleen Dilenschneider to share her research about how COVID-19 is impacting intentions to visit cultural entities and which types of organizations attendees intend to visit post-crisis. They also revisit her data on why it is the absolute wrong move for cultural organizations to cut marketing budgets at the first sign of a difficult financial horizon.

Ideas that Unlock the Future for the Arts
In this podcast, Erik Gensler speaks with author and entrepreneur Seth Godin as he shares his ideas for arts leaders in crisis and beyond. Please listen to these ideas carefully, think about them, and share them widely to unlock the future for the arts.

Nonprofit Quarterly

How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19
Nonprofit Quarterly asked Tim Delaney, president & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, to share insights about how nonprofits might utilize the new federal legislation relating to coronavirus to advance their missions.

Eli Wilner & Company

In an effort to assist the many treasured but vulnerable museums and nonprofit arts and historical institutions around the country during this difficult time, the company will award a nonprofit institution with one fully-funded frame restoration grant. Submissions for the grant will be accepted through April 30th, 2020.

AFTA ArtsU Webinars

Americans for the Arts webinar content about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the Arts and Culture field.

Professional Conference & Meetings Association (PCMA)

Elevate Your Relationships: Connect Better Online & Offline (Webinar)
In this very timely, groundbreaking, yet simple-to-implement webinar, Fortune 100 global speaker and #1 global bestselling author Christopher Kai dives into how you can fundamentally connect and engage better based on his 20-years of global experience, science, psychology, and good old-fashioned storytelling.

Legends Radio

Legends Loves the Arts Community Board
A place for this community of artists and arts organizations to give updates about the current climate of art & culture in The Palm Beaches.

Resources for Creative Professionals

Americans for the Arts Survey

COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers
AFTA is gathering data through this 15-minute survey. The survey is designed to capture financial and creative impact of COVID-19 on creative workers, highlight the resiliency and generosity of the creative sector, and make sure that the 5 million creative workers in the U.S. are supported and heard during this ongoing crisis and the eventual recovery.

[National] Artist Relief

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

Artist Relief Project

Any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance. Stipends and support will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the only limitation being how much money we are able to raise.

Artist Relief Tree

Artist Relief Tree intends to support artists, particularly freelance artists, in a small way. Unfortunately we cannot hope to replace artists’ entire fees or lost work, but we wish to provide hope, make a small difference, and show solidarity with colleagues and friends. Visit the FAQ for more information or click below to join the waitlist.

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

Stories That Connect Us All: A Creative Writing Series
An “under-8-minute” creative writing series based on your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. All 8-minutes-or-less submissions must be in monologue form, not multi-character, and can be written in first person or storytelling fashion. We encourage residents of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties to put their experiences to paper to record this new time in our history.

Creative Capital

Coping with COVID: Centering Wellness and Self-Care for Creatives
Join artist and energy healer Rhonda Wheatley on Tuesday, April 21 for a virtual conversation about wellness amid the isolation, anxiety, and uncertainty many are facing.

Amplify Music

24-Hour Livestream on Resilience and Community Ecosystems
How can we learn from other local communities creating Resilience in the music social/structural disruption/reconstruction under COVID-19? Watch the stream live from 4 p.m. on 4/23 to 5 p.m. on 4/24, or watch it on-demand at a later time.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.
If you are a BIPOC artists or administrators in financial need, please access this application form to understand how we plan to distribute funds and apply for any available money that is generated.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies, not for lost wages or income.

Equal Sound Coronavirus Relief Fund

If you are a musician who has lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, please visit the FAQ here to see if you can apply.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

To help address the concerns of the industry during this time, MusiCares (Grammy Awards) have expanded our services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Musicians Foundation

Soon, the Musicians Foundation will be launching a COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grant Program to give eligible applicants modest grants up to $200. We expect very high numbers of applicants, so we must limit amounts in order to spread available resources. Please check this page in the coming days to apply.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and created this donor-directed fund with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by COVID-19. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work. 

Audio Assemble

Financial Resources for Musicians
If you are part of the gig economy and have suddenly found yourself stranded without a paycheck, here are some potential outlets that can help you with financial relief and earning income during this time.

Forecast Public Art

Creative Alternative to In-Person Arts-Based Activities
This free, downloadable toolkit currently provides guidance for: engaging a community in a time of physical distancing; innovating and moving forward rather than freezing a project; and keeping artists working during this time.

Freelance Artist Resource

This list of resources is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

Actors Fund Emergency Assistance

The Actors Fund is offering resources for those working in the entertainment industry who have been impacted by lack of work due to COVID-19. Visit their FAQ here for more information.

Dramatists Guild Foundation

DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness. Due to COVID-19 and a higher volume of applications, there will be a delay in contact.

Carnegie Fund For Authors

Carnegie Fund for Authors awards grants to American authors who have been published by a mainstream publisher and who are in need of emergency funds.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood or emergency medical need. 

*More calls-for-artists, news and other opportunities available at:

Thank you to these partners for their generous support of the Council’s COVID-19 relief efforts:
COVID-19 relief funding partners