Fairbanks Arts Updates & Resources during COVID-19

The Wandering Bear Gallery and Fairbanks Arts office is closed to the public through the end of March. The Fairbanks Arts team is working diligently to connect with the many artists, arts organizations, schools, and arts supporters we work with. Here, you can read the March 18, 2020, newsletter containing a message from Fairbanks Arts’ Executive Director, updates regarding upcoming events, and information about how you can be an arts supporter today.


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Fairbanks Arts firmly believes that the arts a crucial facet to community health AND that the mutual health and success of our community is interconnected. So Interior Alaskans, let’s stay healthy, stay creative (with lots of help below), and stay CONNECTED! 

We are grateful for all of the helpers out there who are generously sharing resources to keep folks safe, engaged, and connected. Below is a bundle of resources for artists, individuals, families, folks looking to help out in the community, and more. If there is a resource, article, etc. that you think should live on this page, email:  info@fairbanksarts.org



Fairbanks Daily Newsminer is currently offering free online access to articles regarding COVID-19 so that our community can stay up to date on developments.

Fairbanks businesses provide free lunch for low-income kids on extended spring break (Web Center 11)

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Website: Stay up to date on district responses, nutrition services for students during school closure, and more.

A Message from the Fitness Community in Fairbanks



For Helpers

Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Solve 2020 N95-Type Mask Shortage

You can join the Fairbanks COVID-19 Supplies Sharing Group on Facebook if you have supplies or are in need of supplies

Fairbanks Covid-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer Sign Up: If you are interested in joining a group of volunteers based in neighborhoods throughout Fairbanks to assist in supporting your neighbors when you are able, you can sign up here!

Volunteers needed to assist food security agencies:  Many food security agencies depend on volunteers for their services. Many volunteers are senior citizens. Because our elders need to stay safe, anti-hunger organizations everywhere are experiencing a severe shortage of help. If you, or people you know, are low-risk & comfortable serving the Fairbanks community during these difficult times, please reach out to the Bread Line, the Fairbanks Senior Center, the Fairbanks Community Food Bank or ANY nonprofit that provides essential services to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Bread Line, Inc

Fairbanks Community Food Bank

Fairbanks Senior Center 

If you are doing your part to help by social distancing from home but still want to help nonprofits you care about, remember you can make a contributions through Pick.Click.Give from your PFD! Permanent Fund Dividend applications are available from January 1 to April 30 (deadline has been extended), though Alaskans may choose to add or adjust their pledges online through August 31. There are many nonprofits doing good work that you can support!



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 are maintaining a page of resources for artists! Rather than duplicate their efforts, any new resources we come across will be sent to AACF to help the page linked above stay updated!

Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Event Cancellation in Alaska (from AKIMI): This is a brief survey offered by the Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative (AKIMI) and Anchorage Folk Festival (AFF) to collect data on the impacts of COVID-19 mitigation measures on industries in Alaska experiencing immediate impact, such as musical performances, event venues, and supporting contractors.

5-Minute Survey: The Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector (from Americans for the Arts): This survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus have had on arts and cultural organizations since that date. The survey also collects basic information about the participating organizations so that the data can be parsed by specific geographic regions, artistic disciplines, and budget categories.

A Message From the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Regarding COVID-19


*Check at the bottom of this page for arts industry articles and advocacy opportunities



For Individuals, Families, and Educators

Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries: Pick up book holds at the bookmobile, watch virtual storytime, and more!

Poetry Out Loud: Poetry Out Loud 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. While this program includes a recitation contest, we encourage you enjoy the large database of poetry on the POL website!

Amazingeducationalresources.com: This is a behemoth, running spreadsheet of education companies running free subscriptions due to schools closing.

List of Resources for Children During COVID-19

A list of online storytimes, singalongs, and illustration tutorials

Story time from space!


Free Online Courses / Learning Resources:

Scholastic at Home is a free, digital hub to help students keep learning while schools and families navigate COVID-19 related challenges and features daily, curated Pre-K-9+ lessons

Khan Academy

Lynda (LinkedIn) Classes: Any FNSB Library card holder has free access to Lynda.com, otherwise try a month for free!

Have something you want to learn? Check out this directory for free online learning, the No Excuse List!

Choral Online Resource List

The Ultimate List of Online Music Education Games

Art21: Art in the 21st Century– Art21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists. Here is an educator’s guide to accompany Art21 films.

Open-Access JSTOR Materials Accessible to the Public

Access free art books online from the Metropolitan Museum

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.


Explore Museums, the Performing Arts, Zoos, and More!

Google Arts & Culture: tour museums, reference images, articles, and more: Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 museums, galleries and institutions in 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online.

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

Metropolitan Opera to to Stream Nightly Opera performances

You Can Watch Broadway Musicals For Free Online For A Limited Time Only

Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links

Some zoos, theme parks, and museums offering virtual experiences

NASA makes image and video library free: When we said “and more,” we meant SPACE too!


Free Arts Classes/Instruction/Resources online

Dancing Alone Together: a central resource for the digital dance world during COVID-19

Mo Willems to host livestreamed, daily doodles at the Kennedy Center

Daily drawing classes with illustrator Wendy MacNaughton on Instagram: follow @wendymac on Instagram

Drawing instruction and inspiration from Sketch Book Skool

An Introduction to Drawing for Beginners course from New Masters School

Creativebug online art classes, 2 months free

Ravelry: Free crochet / knit patterns (requires creating an account)

Quilt classes with the American Quilter’s Society



More for Arts Appreciators

Okay, we know you like a lot of the already mentioned above links and resources, but we will continue to include even more here!

New Alaska tunes: Listen to these artists while you’re stuck at home

A list of Folk Alliance International livestream concerts

Watch ATTLA on Independent Lens: ATTLA tells the gripping story of George Attla, a charismatic Alaska Native dogsled racer who, with one good leg and fierce determination, became a legendary sports hero in Northern communities around the world.

Arts News and Advocacy Opportunities

Don’t let COVID-19 Decimate Local Arts (Anchorage Press)

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus on the Arts and Culture Sector: This dashboard from Americans for the Arts is tracking incoming data from their survey gauging economic impact among arts and culture organizations nationwide