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A collection of online resources with information on funding programs, advocacy strategies, arts programming, critical thinking, and creative responses from our inspiring campus and regional community.

View the first newsletter here, the second here, and the third iteration of the newsletter here.  

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Sampling the Arts Online

Berkeley Online Events

Berkeley Art Studio Online Classes
Stay connected to the community, learn something new, and support the Studio we all love. All classes in the Spring Online Session are held virtually and are taught through Zoom, with login details provided before each class.

Tale of the Tibetan Nomad in Dialogue at Tribeca Talks: At Home

Joy Harjo, Reading by U.S. Poet Laureate

Shannon Jackson on "Essential Service and the Proximate Labor of Performance" 

Alex Donis in Conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson

Literature and the Arts in Times of Crisis


Berkeley Online Collections

BAMPFA From Home
Connect with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive online as they join the nationwide #MuseumFromHome effort to keep on sharing the art, culture, and community we all crave right now.

Berkeley Arts + Design Video Archive
Explore our robust digital archive of Arts + Design Mondays and Thursdays lectures from years prior on our Berkeley Arts + Design YouTube channel.

Berkeley Art Studio: Spring Online Classes
The art studio is closed right now, but we have moved many of our classes online! Stay connected to our community, learn something new, and support the Studio we all love.

Cal Performances: Now, More Than Ever
A series of performing arts videos for a time of physical distancing. Compiled by Jeremy Geffen, Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances

Hearst Museum Online Collection
The Hearst Museum offers countless hours of digitized film in the Hearst's online collection, in addition to a robust digitized collection of all of their holdings.

Pandemic Diaries, Art of Writing
The Pandemic Diaries is virtual anthology with the aim of convening the thoughts and reflections of our colleagues, students, and friends as we live through this unprecedented time.

Shelter-in-Place Book List, UC Berkeley Library
UC Berkeley librarians suggest books to read while you're stuck at home. All of the selections on this list are available online for free. So, as much as you can, stay calm, and read on.

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Beyond Berkeley: A+D Picks for Happenings, Videos, and Collections

As museums and galleries have closed their doors, many have turned towards social media to provide ongoing or expanded #MuseumFromHome options to their communities. 

Ailey All Access
For a limited time, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is streaming full-length videos of the Company performing on stage, with broadcasts of past performances every Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Bay Area Dance Week
Though the festival is cancelled, Bay Area Dance Week's website and social media will shift to feature online dance events and bring additional visibility to the online dance activities by Bay Area artists and organizations. 

Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America?
Come to Your Census: Who Counts In America?, is an art and civic experience designed to mobilize the Bay Area around the urgent, long-term impact of the 2020 Census.

First Look: New Art Online
A series of innovative online projects and new commissions by the New Museum, a leading destination for new art and new ideas, and Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum.

Hyperallergic List of Experimental Films and Video Art
Hyperallergic staff reached out to artists, filmmakers, and contributors to assemble a list of experimental films and artists’ moving image works, from new releases to old gems.

In Terms of Performance
In Terms of Performance, produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Arts Research Center, generates shared literacies for how we understand the goals, skills, and artistic traditions of experimental interdisciplinary work.

Live From Home, San Jose Jazz
Live From Home is an experimental series of live-streamed concerts presented every Monday and Thursday. These 30-40 minute live streams will also give you the opportunity to financially support artists during this difficult time.

My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival
Every week Talking Shorts will present an online program of seven short films on the subject of "dystopia" that have been suggested from our quarantined short film friends around the globe. 

Nightly Met Opera Streams
Met launches “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure.

Roxie Virtual Cinema
SF's iconic nonprofit cinema is screening films and movies that may no longer be able to receive a proper theatrical release virtually. 50 % of each ticket purchased will go to support the Roxie.

Silkroad Virtual Concert Series
Silkroad artists will be sharing short, musical performances live on Facebook and Instagram — bringing music of comfort and joy directly from our homes into yours! 

Social Distancing Festival
An online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sweet Land: A New Opera
Sweet Land, a new opera directed by MacArthur "genius" grant winner and UC Berkeley alum Yuval Sharon and his company, The Industry, is now available for on-demand streaming. 

The Commons Online
The Commons Online is a digital extension of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's second-floor community space to foster social belonging during social distancing.


Creative Discovery: Projects & Pedagogy

A new category that anticipates more creative encounter on our campus as we turn our eyes toward the Summer and Fall of 2020 at UC Berkeley.

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Artivive is an augmented reality (AR) tool that allows artists to create new dimensions of art by linking physical with digital art. Artists can take visitors on a journey in time and explain what lies behind, enhance the art with illustrations or show how the artworks were made. Visit the Arts + Design Artivive resources page to learn how you can mobilize the use of Artivive to enhance and scale creative pedagogy.

Faculty: Arts + Design will fund the use of Artivive in courses that use AR in creative pedagogy. Please send an email to Soomin Suh, Communications Coordinator at the Berkeley Arts + Design Initiative, at, for more details on how to get involved. 

Made at Berkeley Gallery Student Nominations

Berkeley Arts + Design invites all UC Berkeley students to submit their art works, writing, and design projects to the Made at Berkeley Gallery hosted on the Arts + Design website. All forms of online cultural production are encouraged, especially during this time when access to physical resources may be limited.

To have your work published on our site and promoted across our social channels, please complete this Google form and submit your high-res file (limit ONE per person/project).

Summer Courses

Summer Sessions 2020 courses will now be offered remotely! View a comprehensive list of arts and design-related summer courses on the Summer Courses page on our website, listed under Student Resources.


Art Relief Funds and More Resources

Relief Funds:

The following are financial resources and guidelines for artists and arts organizations affected by COVID-19. *More comprehensive lists of resources can be found below.

Berkeley Student Resources:
Cal COLA Mutual Aid / Financial Emergency Fund - Requests Form
UCB Mutual Aid Fund

Bay Area Emergency Fund: Artists/Event Production 
Berkeley Relief Fund
Center for Cultural Innovation SF Arts & Artists Relief Fund

COVID-19 Relief for Bay Area Arts
East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts
Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
Safety Net Fund
SF Arts Relief Fund: Arts Grants
SF Arts Relief Fund: Arts Loans
SF Queer Nightlife Fund
Untitled, Art Emergency Fund

Actos de Confianza: NALAC Micro-Grant
American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Albuquerque 516 Arts Fulcrum Fund
Anonymous Was a Woman Emergency Relief Grant

Artists' Fellowship
Artist Power Center
Artists Now
Artist Relief
Artist Relief Tree
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Authors League Fund
Behind the Scenes Grant
Black Art Futures Fund
Blues Foundation HART Fund
Boston Artist Relief Fund
Carnegie Fund for Authors
CERF+ Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Columbus Artists Relief Fund COVID-19/Coronavirus
COVID-19 Relief Fund: Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund for Artists
Max's Kansas City Project
Minnesota Personal Emergency Relief Fund
MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

Musicians Foundation Grant
New Music Solidarity Fund
New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund

New York Foundation for the Arts' COVID-19 Emergency Grants and Resources
North Carolina Artist Relief Fund
PEN America Writers' Emergency Fund
Pittsburgh Artists Emergency Fund
Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

The Photographer Fund
Washington DC VoxCorona Emergency Relief for Artists
Women's Center for Creative Work COVID-19 Emergency Health Grants for Artists

More Resources:
Alliance of Artists Communities COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies Resources + Approaches
Common Field COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists Emergency Funding
Creative Capital List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
CUE Covid-19 Artist Resources
Issue Project Room COVID-19 Resources
KQED Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives
NEA COVID-19 Resources 
Intersection for the Arts: Artist Resources
SF Arts Commission Resources
W.A.G.E. Guidelines for the Postponement or Cancellation of Work

Support Those who Support Local Artists

Our growing list of collectives, galleries, studios, and micro-commissioning sites that support artists, their work and their lives, directly.  Below is a sampler of organizations who have collaborated with A+D and our allied units, and those who represent artists important to our campus community. 

3 Fish Studios
Aggregate Space Gallery
Altman Siegel

Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre
Catharine Clark Gallery
Creative Growth
Creativity Explored 
EastSide Arts Alliance 

Gallery Wendi Norris
Haines Gallery
Headlands Center for the Arts
LIV & CHIU Art Studio
Queer Cultural Center 
Root Division 
San Francisco Women Artists

San Francisco Women Artists
SF Film Society
Shibumi Gallery
The Crucible
The Lab
Traywick Contemporary


The arts and culture sector is one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) with some suggesting that as many as a third of all museums may never reopen. The economic stimulus bill passed by Congress provides $230 million in aid for the arts, but this is only a fraction of the $4 billion initially requested by arts organizations. Here are some steps to support efforts advocating for local and national support of the arts during COVID-19 and beyond. 

1) Write to your representatives to thank them for including the arts in the stimulus bill, and encourage them to continue to support the workers and institutions of the cultural sector. Californians for the Arts includes several template letters here, including California Arts Advocates' March 23 letter to Governor Gavin Newsom. 
2) If you are an artist or an arts organization, fill out the Americans for the Arts economic impact survey.
3) Stay informed about ongoing advocacy efforts with the Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Response Center, and the Californians for the Arts COVID-19 Resources.


How COVID is Affecting Our Artistic and Educational Communities

This section shares a sampling of thoughts and commentaries on how the virus is affecting artistic and educational communities.


Amid Pandemic, Charities and Nonprofits Face Huge Challenges - NBC Bay Area, 4/22/20

BAMPFA’s Lawrence Rinder talks art in times of crisis, online exhibition - Daily Californian, 4/20/20

Bay Area art galleries describe challenges amid coronavirus shutdown - Datebook SF Chronicle, 4/18/20

Berkeley Journalism launches COVID-19 California reporting initiative with The New York Times - Berkeley Journalism, 4/6/20

Capitalism Has its Limits - Verso, 3/30/20

Curtain Calls: East Bay theater troupes respond creatively to COVID-19 closures - East Bay Times, 4/6/20

National GoFundMe drive to benefit 3 SF movie theaters during coronavirus shutdown - Datebook SF Chronicle, 4/14/20

New mural in San Jose is a ‘thank you’ to healthcare workers - East Bay Times, 3/31/20

Online classes: The new normal for US university students - BBC, 3/18/20

San Francisco Art Institute Suspends Enrollment, Plans Layoffs - KQED, 3/23/20

SF arts groups could lose $73 million in coronavirus shutdown, study says - Datebook SF Chronicle, 3/23/20


Artists Fight Coronavirus-Related Racism on Instagram - KQED, 3/21/20

Arts organisations produce face masks and other medical equipment to help slow the spread of coronavirus - Art Newspaper, 3/27/20

Column: Bubonic plague in Europe changed art history. Why coronavirus could do the same - Los Angeles Times, 3/29/20

COVID-19 Pandemic Sheds New Light on Access to the Arts - Hyperallergic, 4/13/20

Hard Times: Andrew Hemingway on cultural democracy and the New Deal Art Programs - Artforum, 4/30/20

How two professors transformed the teaching of art history - Washington Post, 5/1/20

How We Use Our Bodies to Navigate a Pandemic - New York Times, 3/31/20

Maintenance Work - ArtForum, 3/24/20

Museums Across the US Lay Off Workers as COVID-19 Cases Rise - ArtForum, 3/27/20

Museums Are Finding New Ways to Connect with Art Lovers Online during Quarantine - Artsy, 4/19/20

Now Virtual and in Video, Museum Websites Shake Off the Dust - New York Times, 4/23/20

One Theater Tries an Alternative to Cancellation: An All-Audio Season. - New York Times, 4/7/20

Performers on Lockdown Turn to Their Smartphones - New Yorker, 3/30/20

Survey of US Arts Organizations Points to Devastating Losses During Pandemic - Hyperallergic, 4/14/20

The Fourth Wall Is My Laptop Screen - New York Times, 3/26/20

The Pandemic Is Remaking What Performance Can Be - New Yorker, 3/16/20

The US Cultural Landscape Is Reeling From COVID-19. Further North, Canada’s Art Scene Has Few Complaints. Here’s Why - ArtNet, 5/4/20

UK gallery curator calls for public art project in response to Covid-19 - Guardian, 3/30/20

What Can We Learn From the Art of Pandemics Past? - New York Times, 4/8/20

What Is the Role of Criticism in a Crisis? - New York Times, 3/27/20


Creative Responses

This section highlights works of art that respond to the pandemic or speak to these times. Check out our Arts + Design social media channels (FacebookInstagramTwitter) as we feature these works and more!