COVID-19 ResourcesOur response during the global pandemic.
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has upended life for all Vermonters, as it has for people around the world.
Vermont Humanities is postponing our public events for the foreseeable future. More about this decision. During this time of social distancing, we are meeting our mission by sharing videos, podcasts, and online resources, and converting some events to digital-only presentations.
We are now focused on helping those most affected by the pandemic, including individuals and organizations in our statewide cultural sector. Our partner in this effort is the Vermont Arts Council.
Together with the Arts Council, we have distributed Emergency Relief Grants to aid Vermont arts and/or humanities organizations that are experiencing hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
CARES Act Report to the Community
View the eight-page report about the Emergency Relief Grants that we distributed with the Vermont Arts Council in 2020. The report lists the grant recipients, and includes stories of several of the grantees.
Public Health Information
General Resources for the Creative Sector
- CDC interim guidelines for community organizations
- CDC interim guidelines for mass events
- New England Foundation for the Arts COVID-19 resources
- National Assembly of State Arts Agencies coronavirus resources
- “Arts and Culture Sector Can Prepare for the Coronavirus in the United States” in Americans for the Arts (AFTA) ArtsBlog
- “From Coughing Fits to Closings, Cultural World Girds for Coronavirus” in The New York Times
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) will waive their service fee for any artist struggling due to the coronvirus pandemic. Contact the VLA office at , and read this article on COVID-19 and “force majeure” clauses by Lucas Blackadar, Director of Legal Services for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston.
Latest Covid-19 News
Times are hard, but your investment in our work shows that you understand the important roles that literature, history, art, religion, philosophy, and ethics play in our daily life and in our struggle to live up to the ideals of our democracy.
Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council have now distributed $517,500 in emergency relief grants to 81 different Vermont cultural organizations, including museums, libraries, performing arts venues, and other cultural centers.
More than 100 museums, performing arts venues, libraries and other cultural centers have applied for emergency relief grants.
Vermont Humanities and Vermont Arts Council to Aid Arts and Humanities Organizations with COVID-19 Relief
Arts and humanities organizations in Vermont facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for emergency relief funding through a new partnership between Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council.
Along with the Vermont Arts Council, we would like to document the financial distress that cultural organizations and individuals are currently experiencing. Please fill out the Americans for the Arts survey.
Our current situation is not one of our choosing. And we know that this is a very stressful moment for many in our community. But it may be time to sit quietly and take a moment to reflect, especially for those of us with the option to do so.
Because Vermont Humanities partners with dozens of libraries, schools, and community centers around our state to present over 800 events each year, we will work closely with our presenting partners to monitor the situation with COVID-19 in Vermont.