AIGA Austin COVID-19 Resource Guide

Job Resources

Austin Creative Alliance Emergency Grant
Artists may apply for up to $500 to replace verifiable lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and are subject to approval and available funds.

The Candidate Question Corner
The Creative Party—a local creative staffing agency—recorded a podcast to answer your questions about the job market right now and what to expect during the application process.

Designers In Need of Work
Add your name to this spreadsheet if you are out of work or your job search has been extended due to Coronavirus. If you are an employer, consider looking here first!

Articles & Guides

A place to find ideas of things to learn, make & do while self-isolating.

Designers Against Coronavirus
Designers Against Coronavirus is a digital archive created and curated by CaroselloLab that shows the emergency we are facing through the eyes of designers, illustrators and creative studios from all over the world.

Ways to Give Back

Lend a Hand ATX by Austin Tech Alliance
A platform to help skilled tech volunteers and those in need make critical community connections during the COVID-19 crisis. Nonprofits and community members may request support with branding, content, design, hardware needs, strategy, social media, IT services, and tutoring. 

Y’allmanac by Guerilla Suit
While we all do our part to flatten the curve, our small local businesses are suffering. We love our city and know you do, too. This site is meant to be a resource to help preserve our local businesses and help keep Austin Austin. When deciding how and where to spend your dollars, we urge you to eat, drink, shop, play, hire, & care locally.

Keep Austin Weird by GSD&M
It’s not just about being weird. It’s shopping local, eating local and donating local. It’s how Austin survives COVID-19 and comes out stronger. So now Keep Austin Weird is being reimagined on a series of limited-edition shirts to raise money for COVID-19 relief.

Dept. of Awesum
For an entire creative industry, this is the time and place to answer the needs of your local community and activate those problem-solving superpowers that you’ve artfully put to work for big business but not yet for the workforce that powers your local economy.

By sharing your expert advice and vital resources across potential revenue streams, personal branding, digital campaigns, and more, you will build awareness for local heroes working on the frontlines, and thrivability for those facing temporary hardships.

HOPE For Health
Providing financial & wellness support for our creative community and their businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Join us in creating (200) HOPE for Health Wellness bags comprised of nutrition & immunity items for our community of artists & creatives that not only need to maintain their health during this quarantine but also their careers & livelihood.

COVID Rangers
Austin-based group creating guides and community groups for individuals to sew and distribute masks to medical workers.

Local Non-profits in Need


AIGA Webinar Recordings & Signups

Links will be updated with recordings when available.

By AIGA Austin
Published April 20, 2020