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Covid-19 Resources, Art-Science Toolkit, Social Distancing and Connectedness

By Erica Hruby

This resource has been continuously compiled since 14 March 2020.
Is a link out of date? Do you know of a resource to add? Please let us know.



Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Issues in Science and Technology magazine and Leonardo/ISAST, have created a questionnaire to collect information about creative responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Collaboration and integrative ideas are critical now more than ever. Please help us collect information as we generate a time capsule of creative responses. Share your creative projects or add projects that have inspired you. Multiple responses can be entered by completing the questionnaire more than once. By collecting these stories, we hope to map activities and provide a marker in time of resilience through collaboration and creativity. Find out more




We’ve curated a reading list for you. These are free for everyone to read courtesy of MIT Press. Please use these for your own reading, as curriculum or for research. 
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Leonardo's Social Connecting with Coffee and Cocktails presented an informal discussion around the online exhibition "We=Link Ten Easy Pieces" with special guest ZHANG Ga from the Chronus Art Center along with artists YE Funa, LI Weiyi, Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne, and Soh Yeong Roh, Director of Art Center Nabi. Moderated by Managing Director Danielle Siembieda, with live streaming support from Discover groundbreaking art-sci projects as a network of empowerment by watching the virtual discussion. Find out more





Our global speaker series, LASER Talks, will continue to convene moving to an online format. We are offering a Zoom Webinar and Meeting capabilities for all our LASER cities and leaders. Please check with your local LASER Host to see how to participate online. Find out more

A selection of upcoming Virtual LASER Talks and related webinars are being compiled by Piero Scaruffi HERE




  • Crisis Reader—Articles from International Security journal, made free to read by MIT Press. Find out more

  • Vera List Center for Art and Politics—COVID-19 Resource Toolkit for Artists and our Extended Communities. Find out more

  • Covid-19 Health Literacy Project—From Harvard Health Publishing, language translations of COVID-19 information to help all patients know when, and how, to seek care. Find out more

  • Coronavirus Multi-Species Reading group. Find out more.

  • The Paradoxical Politics of Viral Containment; or, How Scale Undoes Us One and All Find out more

  • From the verb to touch: The hands of the pandemic and the inescapable questions. Find out more

  • Trax Magazine: A professor at MIT named Markus J. Buehler modeled the coronavirus in music using an algorithm. Find out more

  • Essay: Camus’s Inoculation Against Hate Find out more

  • SIN BUG: AIDS, Poetry, and Queer Resilience in Philadelphia Find out more

  • New York Times Opinion: The Infection That’s Silently Killing Coronavirus Patients Find out more

  • Curating the Digital A series of perspectives on art-making and increased reliance on digital technologies Find out more

  • COVID-19 Critical Theory Syllabus Find out more

  • The World Pandemic Research Network promotes the most promising and innovative projects thanks to the support of hundreds of senior scientific referents. Find out more

  • Art/Sci Reading Group Find out more

  • International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study Round 2 Find Out More



  • Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies Facebook Group—This group is being formed to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions. Find out more

  • KINSA Health Map digital thermometer crowdsourced with data to identify fevers around the world Find out more

  • DIY Ventilator Designing a low-cost, open source ventilator with Arduino Find out more

  • FluMob—Resources for Protecting the Uninfected and Serving the Infected Find out more

  • DIY Pressure Cuff Emergency Ventilator COVID-2019 The Pressure Cuff Emergency Ventilator was created by Aisen Caro Chacin, Ph.D. and Christopher Zahner, MD at the UTMB MakerHealth space, a fabrication lab where hospital nurses, doctors, and staff prototype medical devices at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Drive folder with instructions.

  • Surgical Mask Ear Savers 3D printer files. Find out more

  • United Nations Development Program: The COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge Find out more

  • Undergraduate-Led Team Develops Low-Cost Ventilator Aimed at Assisting COVID-19 Patients with Varying Degrees of Lung FailureFind out more.

  • University of Florida, One Health Center for Excellence: Leonardo Fellowship Program Find out more

  • Covid-19 Social Study on mental health effects of the pandemic Take the Survey



  • COVID-19 & Freelance Artists Resources Find out more

  • Center for Cultural Innovation—Emergency Resources for Artists and Freelancers. Find out more

  • Wherewithal—Grants for visual artists in the Washington, DC, area. Find out more

  • COVID-19 Grant Resources Find out more

  • Are You an Artist in Need of Aid? Here Are Dozens of Emergency Grants, Medical Funds, and Other Resources to Help. Find out more

  • Search Database Find out more

  • Grant Station: Covid grant funding opportunities for nonprofits, small businesses, journalists, and artists. Find out more

  • The Artist Relief Project is an initiative to help artists, musicians, and performers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Find out more

  • NYFA: ‘Anonymous Was A Woman’ Emergency Relief Find out more

  • CERF: The Artists Safety Net Find out more

  • KQED Arts: Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus Find out more

  • Arts Now and Artist Power Center Find out more

  • Funding for the Bay Area Find out more

  • Eyebeam Rapid Response Find out more



  • Coronavirus Tech Handbook—A crowdsourced resource for technologists building things related to the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more

  • FEMeeting—FEMeeting and the organizing teams of FEMeeting 2020: Paris and FEMeeting 2020: Troy are launching a call for 2-minute video podcasts in response to the upcoming events brought by the COVID-19 crisis. Find out more

  • Bio RENDER—Create Professional Science Figures in Minutes. Find out more

  • JOGL Projects—Open-source research and innovation laboratory catalyzing the collective creation of knowledge and solutions to resolve humanity's most urgent challenges. Find out more

  • Digital Placeshaping—Futurecity is looking for new ideas, new spaces and changing behaviours. This is a list of the many ways culture has been germinating in the digital sphere and will be continuously updated. Find out more

  • Creativity in the Age of Coronavirus—Explore the different ways brands and studios are adapting. Find out more

  • ArtSciSalon on Instagram: A Hub for the Arts and Science Communities in Toronto and Beyond Find out more

  • Disperse: Reports From the Laboratory Online talks by artists in residence and the staff at Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts, April 24. Find out more

  • Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts is a hybrid studio laboratory facility dedicated to enabling hands-on creative engagement with the tools and technologies of the life sciences. Find out more

  • UCLA Art | Sci Particles: An online interview series with members of our concentric network in response to Covid. Find out more

  • COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field Find out more

  • Pandemic Art Find out more

  • A Group Where All Pretend to be an Ant Colony Find out more

  • University of Florida, Center for Arts in Medicine's Covid-19 Response Find out more



  • Collaboration Tools for Videoconferencing—A small curated set of solutions that offer a free version and that are relatively easy to set up for artists, charities or freelancers. PDF iconcollaboration_tools_for_videoconferencing.pdf

  • Quarantine Connections uses hand-written letters to bring distant strangers together, while we are all “staying in place” during the pandemic. Find out more



  • Online Art & Design Studio Instruction in the Age of “Social Distancing”—A Facebook group with several resources on how to get your class online and connecting.  Find out more

  • Exploratorium Learning Toolbox—Make sense of timely topics and find general science support for your virtual classroom or learning together at home. Find out more

  • ASU For You: Publicly Accessible Digital Learning Materials Find out more

  • Learning During a Pandemic: A Challenge a Day from Carol Bier. Find out more
  • The National Emergency Library, a temporary collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. Find out more



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