COVID-19 Resource Page

While we may not be sharing space or holding hands for weeks/months, we’re leaning into the strength of our community during this uncertain time. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

March 13, 2020

As the spread of COVID-19 in the US moves from a possibility to a reality, and the World Health Organization names this as a pandemic, we’re gathering what will be a growing list of resources from our members and partners throughout the field. We’ll keep updating this as more resources and information become available.

In this uncertain time, we’re seeking to support members affected by COVID-19, and understand how best to do that. We’ve already heard from many members that they will be experiencing financial loss, whether through canceled gigs or lost service industry work. We’ll be hosting a Community Listening Session, to hold space for ROOTers to connect and share concerns, resources, anxieties, and mutual support. We are a powerful community, and we trust that our collective strength and wisdom will help guide us through this time. Please join us:


__________ROOTS Community Listening Session: Covid 19

__________Monday, March 16 at 6:30pm EST/ 5:30pm  CST

__________Join by computer:

__________Join by phone: 646-876-9923 Meeting ID: 418 256 654

Join by one tap mobile: +16468769923, 418256654#

Resources From Artists & Cultural Organizers: 

Read for: a grounding in the sacred work of self & community care in a time of spreading illness. We are humans relearning to wash our hands. / Washing our hands is an act of love / Washing our hands is an act of care / Washing our hands is an act that puts the hypervigilant body at ease” 


Read for: Care tips & immune boosting recipes; a wide, beautiful, justice-minded collection of resources & food for thought from the across the cultural organizing ecosystem.


Read for: a wealth of resources specifically for freelance artists, and those interested in

supporting the independent artist community. Includes sources of advocacy, emergency funding, health & mental health resources, temporary/remote job opportunities, and more.


Read for: A social justice perspective on organizing around the needs of those most vulnerable during a pandemic; a list of demands you can use for local organizing, drafted by grassroots organizers in collaboration with doctors, scientists and nurses.


Join for: Discussion with expert panelists on best practices and potential policies for mitigating the harm of coronavirus spread on those impacted by criminal legal and immigration systems, particularly incarcerated and detained people.


Read for: preparing arts facilities, staffs, and audiences/stakeholders for impact of COVID-19, including temporary closures and event cancellations.


Financial Supports:

  • Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more details.


From Media, Government & Nonprofit Sector: 

Watch for: a breakdown of what it is, where it came from, how it spreads and what you can do to protect yourself.


Read for: basic scientific information about the COVID-19, and commonsense approaches to preparation and prevention. And this perspective: “We should prepare, not because we may feel personally at risk, but so that we can help lessen the risk for everyone.”


Listen for: General information about risks and spread; tips on prevention and preparation.


Read for: Information for nonprofits focused on employee care, limiting stakeholder risk while engaging in your programs and services; and navigating disruptions that may impact finances and mission delivery.


Read for: basic information about risk, prevention, symptoms, and spread; current updates; what you need to know about keeping homes, workplaces, public gathering spaces safe.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.