Francis Alÿs. Untitled. 1999–2001. Graphite and tape on vellum, sheet: 9 1/8 × 15 1/4" (23.2 × 38.7 cm). Gift of The Speyer Family Foundation, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, The Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf, and Committee on Media Funds. © 2020 Francis Alÿs

Mutual Aid by and for Artists

We’ve compiled a brief list of grants, counsel, and care resources for artists during the COVID-19 crisis.
Apr 28, 2020

Mutual aid is a form of participation in which people not only share responsibility for caring for one another through symbolic acts, but also change the conditions of their everyday lives by building new social relations. In response to the health and economic crises that have arisen due to COVID-19, a number of mutual aid and stopgap resources have been created by artists and arts organizations. These responses recognize the way this emergency affects all aspects of our lives, and these recommendations thus represent an equally broad range of resources. While these measures cannot meet the full needs of artists and artistic communities or provide long-standing solutions to structural problems, the possibilities generated by resource sharing provide necessary services and ways to keep each other healthy and alive in times of crisis. Check out a few of these efforts below.

We’ll continue to update this list of resources. If you know of initiatives supporting artists’ welfare that you think should be highlighted, please let us know at [email protected].


Creative Capital, the Vera List Center, and the Department of Cultural Affairs have put together a fulsome set of resources to meet some of the immediate needs of artists during the pandemic. In addition, Cultured magazine has published a great list of Resources and Emergency Grants for Artists Affected by COVID-19. A few of the resources listed include:

Legal Counsel

Child Care

Anti-Racist Action

Mental Health