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Resources for the UrbanGlass Community

March 9, 2021

Artist Resources | Mental Health Resources | Resources for Parents and Children | Entertainment | CARES Act Breakdown | Government Assistance | Unemployment Assistance | Advocacy| Anti-Racism Resources | NYC COVID Vaccine

Artist Resources

FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
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. Learn More Here >>

Artist Relief
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Learn More Here >>

COVID Relief and Advocacy for NYC Freelancers and Gig Workers
Information and resources aimed to help NYC-based freelancers and artists navigate these uncertain times. Learn More Here >>

Built by artists and for artists, hireartists connects buyers and supporters with experienced practitioners possessing decades of experience, for the purposes of online instruction or to help with creative and non-creative tasks. Learn More Here >>

COVID-19 and Freelance Artists
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. Learn More Here >>

Assistance and Guidance for Businesses Impacted
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on March 8 that the City will provide relief for small businesses across the City seeing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19. Learn More Here >>

Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic: Panel Discussion
A conversation focused on shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community. Watch Video Here >>

What To Do With Your Money During Uncertain Times
Maggie Germano is a certified financial education instructor and financial coach for women. Learn More Here >>

Teaching Artist Guild: COVID-19 Resource List
Webinar and master list of resources. Learn More Here >>

List of Arts Resources from Creative Capital
A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. Learn More Here >>

Brooklyn Arts Council: COVID-19 Resources Guide
For New York City artists. Learn More Here >>

Trickle UP: NYC Artists Network
This is an artists helping artists network. If they can get 10,000 subscribers at $10 a month, then every month they can give $10,000 to 10 different artists affected by the COVID-19 cancellations. And every month 10 new artists in need will get $10,000. Learn More Here >>

Free Online Stores for Those In Need
A group of volunteers are pooling together resources to build free websites for any New York City based business or artist that needs to sell online. This could be used to sell art, do curbside pick up for a closed retailer, online ordering for a catering company, and more! Email to apply to be sponsored.

Brooklyn Public Library: Lynda is available to BPL cardholders with their library card number and PIN. Learn More Here >>

Brooklyn Public Library: Resume Help
Personalized help with your resume, cover letter, job search resources, or other career-related questions, by email:

Culture Push: NYC Low-Income Artist and Freelancer Relief Fund
Fund seeks to provide support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being effected by this pandemic in NYC. Learn More Here >>

Resources from Artist Relief
Artists have been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Artist Relief is assembling resources and information to assist artists in the difficult times. Learn More >>

Mental Health Resources

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
In times like these, our mental health can suffer. We don’t always know it’s happening. You might feel more on edge than usual, angry, helpless or sad. It’s important to note that we are not helpless in light of current news events. Learn More Here >>

CDC: Manage Anxiety and Stress
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Learn More Here >>

Self Care Guide
List highlighting tips for maintaining mental health wellness while on a stay at home order. Download Self Care Guide.

COVID Explained
COVID-19 is confusing. There's a lot of conflicting information out there— can you get the virus from food? Is there such a thing as immunity? What kind of tests are really out there? Who is most at risk? And all the conflicting information can make it hard to make decisions. Here are some answers to common questions. Learn More Here >>

Resources for Mental Health Support During COVID-19
By Dr. David Feinberg, VP, Head of Google Health. Learn More Here >>

Artist Wellness
A weekly video series on the subject of wellness. These sessions are led by artists representing a broad spectrum of creative practices and voices, and include discussions of movement, meditation, herbalism, sound therapy and music, poetry/writing prompts, and more. Each video is created by a different artist for the broader artistic community. Learn More >>

Meditation for Resilience >>

Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community
Sunshine Behavioral Health has shared a resource guide Black Mental Health MattersLearn More Here >>

Resources for Parents and Children

Queens Museum: Stay at Home Guide for Teens
Curated by teens for teens, download and enjoy the Stay-at-home Guide For Teens.

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
So what should you tell kids about the coronavirus, and how? The New York Times spoke to a pediatrician, two psychologists, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and a safety expert for their best tips. Learn More Here >>

Brooklyn Public Library Homeschool Resources
Resources for students K-12, including live tutoring and personalized academic assistance. Learn More Here >>

How to Make a New Home Routine
Children thrive on routines, you can create a new normal for your family by having consistent routines. Learn More Here >>

Coping After a Disaster
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created this activity book to offer parents and educators an interactive way to talk to kids about how to cope after a disaster. Activity Book Here >>

UrbanGlass Coloring Book
Click to download coloring book.

Virtual Culture
Virtual Culture is a living catalog of free and subsidized arts courses for NYC middle and high school students. Explore Classes >>

Glass Art Society Passport
This unique Passport allows you to take a journey around the world, from the South West of the USA to Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and all the way to Australia, to interactively explore ideas and techniques in glassmaking with activities that don’t even need glass! What better way to learn about art than to create your own masterpiece and visit studios at the same time. Download Activity PDF >>

Suzi Shelton - Music for Kids
Live Shows Every Week! Join Suzi along with her adorable friend Cinnamon Bear a for special performance from her living room to yours. Streaming live from Facebook and YouTube on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4pm (EST).  Learn More >>

America’s Test Kitchen Kids
America’s Test Kitchen Kids' mission is to build a new generation of empowered cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters. Kid-tested, kid-approved recipes and STEAM activities will inspire families to spend quality time together as well as a lifetime of tasty cooking. Learn More >>

Virtual GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive at the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum
A free academic science program for current eighth and ninth grade girls from New York City schools. GOALS for Girls aims to increase girls’ confidence in learning STEM and equips them with the skills and resources they need for academic and professional success through on-site workshops, field trips around the city and thoughtful, hands-on projects.  Learn More and Apply >>


* Brooklyn Public Library Bookmatch
* UrbanGlass Coloring Book
* Nightly Met Opera Streams
* Google Arts & Culture Tours
* 19 Immersive Museum Exhibits
* Castello di Rivoli - Digital Exhibitions and Archives
* Explore: Animal Live Cams
* Broadway Shows
* Free Online Ivy League Courses

CARES Act Breakdown

Medium: CARES Act Breakdown
Dear Non-Profits, Small Businesses, Artists, Freelancers, Gig Workers, Self-Employers, Part-Timers, and Solo Shop Warriors Wondering What’s Next: This Money is For You. Please Take It. Learn More Here >>

Nonprofit New York: A Nonprofit Analysis of the Federal CARES Act
An analysis of the relief package and its impact on nonprofits, and a summary of key provisions and nonprofit eligibility. Learn More Here >>

Government Assistance

SBA: Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
An overview of the Small Business Administration COVID-19 loan options. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. EIDL applications are open now (see next section), and funds are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Learn More Here >>

SBA: Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The up to 10K loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. Application is open for small businesses of less than 500 employees, individuals who operate under a sole proprietorship, with or without employees, and independent contractors. Learn More Here >>

SBA Easing Forgiveness Of Paycheck Protection Program Loans Of $50,000 Or Less
Check out this Forbes article to learn more >>

Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
The NYS Department of Labor unveiled a new application to streamline applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Independent contractors and gig workers who were previously told they first needed to apply for state unemployment insurance and be denied before they could apply for the federal PUA assistance will no longer need to do that. With the new application, New Yorkers will be able to simply complete one form to receive the benefits owed to them. Learn More Here >>

Here is a new factsheet on applying for PUA.

Applying for Unemployment Insurance as a Freelancer
FAQ for freelancers applying for COVID-19 relief. Learn More Here >>

Guidance for Self-Employed Individuals
How to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim on the New York State Department of Labor’s Website. Learn More Here >>

Calculator: Estimate Weekly Unemployment Insurance Benefits
You can use this tool to estimate a weekly Unemployment Insurance benefit amount. Learn More Here >>


COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
Information gathered specifically to inform people with disabilities on the resources available to the population during NYC's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn More >>

Petition: Relief for New York City's Arts and Culture Community
Asks for New York City’s cultural institutions, arts non-profits, artists, and creative workers to be supported by current relief efforts and included in the Business Stimulus package. Learn More Here >>

Brooklyn Public Library: Census Virtual Office Hours and Town Halls
Brooklyn Public Library is working to ensure every Brooklyn resident, regardless of age, race or immigration status, is fairly and accurately counted in Census 2020. Learn More Here >>

Freelance Isn't Free Act
NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Freelance Isn’t Free Act overview of rights. To file a complaint concerning payment as a freelancer, email: Learn More Here >>

NY: Find My New York State Senator
Find your Senator and share your views on important issues here >>

NY: Find My New York State Assembly Member
Find your State Assembly Member and share your views on important issues here >>

NY: NY: Send a Message to the Governor
Use this form to contact NY Governor Andrew Cuomo >>

NY:Find Your US Senators
Find the contact information of US Senators here >>

Find Your US House Representative
Find your congressional district and member here >>

Anti-Racism Resources

How Racism Makes Us Sick | David R. Williams
Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system -- and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination. Watch Video >>

The 1619 Project & Podcast
The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. Learn More >>

CodeSwitch Podcast
What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, Code Switch tackles the subject of race head-on. Exploring how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. Learn More >>

How Much Do We Need The Police?
One effect of the widespread protests across U.S. cities this week has been to renew discussions of what role the police should play in society. Read Leah Donnellas and Alex S. Vitale's discussion >>

How to be an Ally
A letter reminding modern white feminist of their relationship with black women throughout history. Written and curated by Rachel E. Cargle. Download PDF >>

BRIC Resources
A comprehensive list of resources for supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement. Learn More >>

20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good
Book list to help engage the broad range of emotions and needs of diverse children in our multiracial society. Learn More >>

An Antiracist Reading List
Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage. Learn More >>

Race Theory and Anti Racist Literature
An entire GoogleDrive of Race Theory and Anti Racist Literature created by Milly Cai. Learn More >>


Fact Sheet
Download the NYC Vaccine Fact Sheet >>

Vaccine Command Center 
For the most up-to-date information about who is currently eligible, where to get the vaccine, and more about the phased distribution of vaccines in NYC. Learn More >>

Make an Appointment
Vaccine Finder, a one-stop site for New Yorkers to finder their nearest COVID-19 vaccination location. Learn More >>