ACRE Response to COVID-19 + Resources for Artists

Update / 4.22.20

Dear ACRE Community,

As an organization built on community and care, these uncertain times have increased our focus on what it means to come together in health and safety. ACRE continues to closely monitor the evolving outbreak of COVID-19 and we are taking every measure we can to limit the spread of the coronavirus. We’d like to share some updates on measures we are taking in light of this evolving situation. 

We have decided to close ACRE Projects to the public for the foreseeable future. Exhibitions at ACRE Projects and our partner galleries scheduled through May will be postponed. Our brilliant Curatorial Fellows are working with artists to migrate iterations of their projects online and in publication form so that we can continue to engage, learn, and be inspired by each other. 

The application review process for the summer residency is continuing as planned and we do not anticipate any delays in sending notifications. At this time, we plan to proceed with the summer residency sessions as scheduled. We care deeply about supporting the practices of artists and we intend to move forward with care as we adapt our forms of support in response to the challenges that this moment brings. From now until the sessions begin, we will work with the communities in Chicago and Steuben as we continue to monitor news from the CDC and follow directives from local and national government agencies.

In the case of an anticipated change or alteration to the program, we will communicate via email, social media, and our website. We are committed to providing all of the information we can to make informed decisions about summer travel. 

As we begin our 10th year of operation, we look forward to reconnecting with our dedicated cohort of volunteers and re-engaging with our network of artist peers and partner galleries. This community-led effort will continue to pursue our mission of providing resources to emerging and under-represented artists and nurturing a diverse community of cultural producers.

Please monitor our website ( and social media (@acreresidency) for future updates. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

In solidarity, 

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund - with funds for artists, arts workers, and cultural organizations

Propeller IMPACT Fund 2020 for Chicagoland artists

Artist Relief - financial and informational resources for artists across the US

Below is a helpful list of resources that arts organizations and funders have gathered for both individual artists and non-profit organizations.

As new resources are created, we will continue to add to this list.

Resources for Artists

COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field from Common Field

List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak from Creative Capital

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Emergency Resources from 3Arts

COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations from National Endowment for the Arts

Coronavirus Resource and Response Center from American for the Arts

Growing List of Resources in Response to COVID-19 from Artist Trust

COVID-19 Approaches for Residencies Online Share-out from Alliance of Artist Communities

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund initiated by The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago

COVID-19 Arts Community Resources from Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events