Resources for Artists and Youth During COVID-19

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PlatteForum is dedicated to connecting artists and youth to resources so they can succeed and thrive. During our temporary closure, we are continuing to share information, opportunities, and support for our community on this page and on our social media.

We do not have to endure this crisis alone; please lean on your community and call a hotline listed here if you need assistance.

Please note we cannot guarantee accuracy with every listing as this is a quickly evolving situation. This list is being updated weekly. You’re welcome to contact our Outreach & Engagement Manager with any resources or updates: sgslater@platteforum.org


For immediate help >> call 2-1-1 for multilingual and confidential information on over 7,500 statewide resources.

NEW >> The Disaster Distress Helpline offers help and support for any distress you or someone you care about may be feeling related to a disaster.

  • Call 1-800-985-5990
  • Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746
  • TTY for Deaf / Hard of Hearing: 1-800-846-8517
  • Spanish-speakers: Text “Hablanos” to 66746

Free mental health support – CO Crisis Services

  •  Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255

Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO-HELP) at 1-877-462-2911

COVID-19 Response Call Center number is 303-692-2700 open 24/7

  • Colorado Department of Public health response line staffed by epidemiology professionals, state lab and clinical consultants available. 

NEW >> Aging and Disability Resources Information and Assistance  line – Denver Regional Council of Governments: 303-480-6700

  •  Provides information, assistance, and advocacy over the phone or email to understand your benefits and connect you with local providers.


NEW >> OnwardCO – a one-stop resource for Coloradans impacted by job loss during the Covid-19 pandemic



Apply for Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance

Denver housing resource page for renters, homeowners and unhoused residents

Urban Peak is still open + offering services to youth aged 15 – 20

  •  Offering food, clothing, laundry, showers and overnight shelter

Affordable home ownership assistance

Front Range Mutual Aid Network

  •  Volunteer organized group offering delivery and cash aid to anyone in need


NEW >> Map of Denver metro area meal distribution sites

Apply for SNAP food assistance

Emergency food resource list – Hunger Free Colorado (English/Spanish)


NEW >> Telehealth/Telesalud appointments for $10 (video or phone call) for primary care and counseling via Clinica Colorado (English/Español)

NEW >> DIY face masks available to healthcare, caregiving and other essential professions

Medicaid health care enrollmentapplications accepted year-round


NEW >> Children’s mental health resource list

– via Children’s Hospital and University of Colorado

9 tips for managing your mental health in times of uncertainty 

Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s Tips and Resources for COVID-19

  •  This resource page provides helpful tips and strategies from mental health professionals to help those struggling with anxiety around the coronavirus or with general health anxiety concerns.

Getting Emotionally Organized in A Crisis by Piper Kessler

  •  Tips and exercises for managing difficult emotions that naturally arise in times of crisis

COVID-19 fact sheet by Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment

  •  Updated daily with health news and recommendations for preventing infection, testing, and more

Denver Department of Public Health and Environment

  •  City of Denver recommendations and resources for household preparation, cleaning, masks, and more

Informational graphics and posters for social media


 Free and low cost technology resources via Denver Public Library

Helpful tips for accessing wi-fi, email, and telehealth resources

NEW >> Affordable internet from Comcast

NEW >> Free hotspots by Xfinity available to the public – no sign-up required


NEW >> Activity videos by RedLine Contemporary Art Center staff

Free online courses in modern art, photography, fashion design and more (Museum of Modern Art)

Fill out the 2020 Census online – takes 3 minutes or less!

Watch free movies, documentaries and cartoons on Kanopy with your public library card

Register for a Denver Public Library card

Books, entertainment, and library services online

Online storytime for kids, book clubs, music lessons and more

Free downloadable coloring book from Latino Cultural Arts Center

Virtual museum tours

Support Sie FilmCenter by purchasing movies to stream, starting at .99 and up

TeachRock – free PBS series on music history



NEW >> COVID-19 resources for students from Colorado Department of Health and Environment

NEW >> “Distant Socializing” – How a high school senior is adapting to life and staying at home

  •  Includes regional mental health resources for Colorado

Urban Peak is still open + offering services to youth aged 15 – 20

  •  Offering food, clothing, laundry, showers and overnight shelter

Podcasts, tutorials, online resources for teens via Denver Public Library

Playing, Learning, and reading resources for kids of all ages

Youth services resources – Colorado Dept. of Education

  •  Includes free food sites, storytime, library resources, media literacy, activities and more

Mobilize Power Fund

  •  National grant and funding opportunities for youth-led initiatives


NEW >> Financial aid, college guidance and other education information

NEW >> Career Online High School (COHS) – high school diploma and career certification program

  • Funded by the Denver Public Library. Residents of the City and County of Denver who have completed eighth grade and are 19-years-old or older are eligible to apply

NEW >> Navigating student debt during COVID-19 list of resources from New Era Colorado



Disabled artist and activist pandemic relief fund

Colorado Cross-Disability Coaltion list of resources, opportunities and information



Local and national COVID-19 resources for undocumented, refugee, and immigrant communities

– ollected by Casa de Paz

Share your stimulus check with your undocumented neighbors

Relief funds for undocumented workers [mutliple languages]

Immigrant Resource Guide

  •  Detailed information with attention toward undocumented and mixed status households by Center for Health Progress – updated frequently

COVID-19 Resources for Immigrants and their families – Colorado Center on Law & Policy

[Lea en Español: Recursos para familias immigrantes]

Resource list from Immigrants (local/national)

COVID-19 Noticias y recursos – Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition



Submit your music or performance to #WeAreDenver, a new, artist-operated 24/7 streaming platform

  •  Artists will have the option to list their Venmo or other payment method during their segment to generate income

Survey for Colorado artists + resource list by RedLine Contemporary Art Center

  •  Apply for a grant by filling out the survey and helping local organizations know what services and aid you need most right now.

Resources to support the arts during the coronavirus

  •   Colorado Business Committee for the Arts compiled this list of resources for Colorado-based artists, creative professionals, businesses, and cultural organizations

How to Hire Colorado Artists Put Out of Work by Covid-19

Resource list by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation


Musician relief re: stimulus, unemployment, funding and more

Hire Artists

  •  Built by artists and for artists, hireartists is a new website connecting 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.

Resources for freelance artists (local/national)

CERF+ Artists Safety Net – Recommendations for COVID-19

Creative Capital list of arts resources

Fractured Atlas emergency resource list for artists

Statement and emergency fund for artists and arts administrators of color – Arts Administrators of Color Network


Resources for parents and guardians during COVID-19 – Tattered Cover Bookstore

  •  Great options for remote learning including drawing lessons, author readings, and more

COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists by Teaching Artists Guild

Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak,” originally created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre

Coronavirus resources: Media literacy, information, and articles – Nat’l Association for Media Literacy Education


NEW >> Artspace Consulting Offers Pro Bono Services in Response to COVID-19

  •  Professional consulting on fundraising, accessing emergency resources, planning and more is available until June 30, 2020. Priority given to communities of color, LGBTQ, immigrant and indigenous communities.

National Performance Network information for venues and performing arts workers/professionals 

How Nonprofits can Utilize Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19

Information from emergency preparedness service by ArtsReady

Association of Performing Arts Professionals resource page

Resources for the Artist Organization Field Common Field

The American Alliance of Museums – COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources & Information for the Museum Field

Alliance of Artists Communities – COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies

Racism is a Virus Too rapid response fund from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to support community-based organizations that provide services for Asian American communities.

Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ list of resources, including an updated list of webinars

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding: Update and action items from Grantmakers in the Arts

 Principles for Ethical Cancellation – Springboard for the Arts


Denver Metro Emergency Food Network

  •  Volunteer to deliver and cook food for essential workers, elderly and others in need

Volunteer to make fabric masks for essential workers – Colorado Mask Project

Donate blood

  •  Colorado is in great need of blood and plasma donations during this crisis

Help Colorado Now

  •  Colorado state website for donating, volunteering, and finding resources

A Little Help

  •  Volunteer opportunities to do yardwork, snow removal, phone call check-ins and more. You can also sign up for these services on this site.

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1 comment:

Judy AndersonApril 7, 2020 at 2:26 PMReply

Wonderful information. Thank you and be safe.