Online Arts Resources

As COVID-19 continues to be a part of our daily lives, we have created an updated list of free arts resources available on the web! If there is an opportunity or resource that you think should be included on this page, please email us at

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Virtual Cultural Resources

Art21 (Art in the 21st Century) creates thought-provoking videos that allow viewers to learn firsthand from contemporary artists; there is also an educator’s guide available to accompany Art21 films

Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 museums, galleries and institutions in 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online; they offer museum tours, reference images, articles, and more

Indigenous Cinema is an extensive online library of over 200 films by Indigenous directors from the National Film Board of Canada

Folk Alliance International is offering livestream folk concerts

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming nightly opera performances

Access over 1,600 books on art history online from the Metropolitan Museum

Art museums from around the world are offering virtual tours

E-Learning Opportunities in the Arts

Any FNSB Library card holder has free access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda). LinkedIn Learning offers courses in photography, illustration, drawing and much more! If you don’t have a library card, you can still try a month for free

Creativebug is offering two months free online learning

Sketch Book Skool is offering one free course

Have something you want to learn? Check out the No Excuse List, which offers various arts-related opportunities

Information and Opportunities for Artists, Arts Contractors, and Arts Organizations

Screen Shot 2020-03-20 at 12.10.53 PMOur friends at the Alaska State Arts Council and Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation created a page of resources for artists! This list was created in the spring, but still has lots of great opportunities and information for artists navigating the ramifications of the pandemic

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. The next deadline is October 21.

To be eligible for a relief grant, applicants must be:

      • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
      • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
      • 21 years of age or older;
      • Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
      • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
      • Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
      • Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund.

This dashboard from Americans for the Arts is tracking incoming data from their survey gauging economic impact among arts and culture organizations nationwide; it’s a great resource for arts organizations

Project Ideas for Creatives Young and Old

The Small Works Project with Mo Willems is a great way to brighten your day and celebrate good deeds with art

Draw Together videos is a project by illustrator Wendy MacNaughton; each video includes a warm-up exercise and a how-to lesson

Create an account through Ravelry to access free crochet and knit patterns

Resources for Children, Families, and Educators

Alaska Arts Education Consortium has compiled a list of resources for teachers and students (including free coloring pages from Indigenous artists)!

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country; this program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life, and the POL website features a large database of poetry is a behemoth, running spreadsheet of education companies running free subscriptions

Read a story with an astronaut with Story Time from Space

Khan Academy‘s mission is to provide a free world-class education for anyone anywhere

Here is an additional list of resources for children