Since the Guild’s buildings temporarily closed to the public in mid March, Guild staff, artists, instructors, board members, and supporters have worked to re-imagine and adapt our programming to best serve our community while we are unable to physically gather. Here are activities to do from home, resources for artists, and ways to help support the Guild. We will keep this page updated as we continue to add more to our online offerings, as well as highlight important updates on our News page.
Things to do
Viewing Club: With the shift to online programming, there’s a wealth of incredible performances out there! This new program has participants watching a new play online each week and gathering for a weekly Zoom discussion. More information can be found on the Viewing Club page.
411 Concert Series: The final concert of the 2019-20 411 Concert Series was originally scheduled to take place at the Guild Theater on May 2. Katy Vernon hosted a virtual concert for the Guild called Katy Vernon #LiveFromHome. This intimate concert full of delightful music and heartfelt stories can be watched on the Guild’s Facebook page.
Virtual gallery tours! The annual All School Art Show 20/20 Vision, featuring the work of nearly 1,000 local K-12 students, can be viewed on Facebook. To view the artwork by grade and introduced by the teachers, please visit our YouTube page for a playlist of videos.
Make your own art at home! Education Assistant and Outreach Coordinator Jennie Eubank has been creating instructional videos to follow along and make your own at-home art projects. Check out the playlist of art making videos on YouTube, with a new video added every other Tuesday.
Summer classes run June 1 through Aug. 31, 2020, with new classes starting each month.
We are excited to present this summer education programming, but it is dependent on arriving at a moment where gatherings of various sizes are deemed safe by the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health and you. Classes taking place are also dependent on enrollment – so please register! If for any reason classes cannot take place as scheduled, we will work with you to offer an online option, reschedule the program or refund you in full. View the full list of classes and register on our Summer Classes page.
The Guild’s Gift Shop features handmade artwork by over 100 member artists, many of them local. Consider art as a token of appreciation for someone special in your life, or something to brighten your workspace at home. Visual Arts Manager Heather Lawrenz is able to help you shop remotely and can provide curbside pick-up or local no-contact delivery, or can ship the items directly to you. More information can be found on the Gift Shop page.
Jim Bohnhoff has created a coloring page of the Guild for you to fill in at home! Get your own for free by downloading the PDF below and coloring your own version of the Guild. If the download doesn’t work, right-click and save the file as a PDF on your desktop to print at home.
Guild member artists have been virtually inviting the public to see behind the scenes at their studios. Studio visit tour videos can be viewed on our Artist Professional Development page. Photo tours of studios can also be found on the Guild’s Facebook and Instagram pages by searching #viewfrommystudio. Keep checking back for more tours added regularly!
resources for artists
Springboard for the Arts has a list of resources available for artists impacted by COVID-19, including an application for an Emergency Relief Fund. More information on their website.
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts has compiled a list of regional, state, and national grants and relief programs for artists. A list can be found on the MCA website.
Artist Relief is a coalition of national arts grantmakers to create an emergency initiative offering financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has created a Minnesota Grants Directory that can be accessed online here detailing ways that various grantmakers are adjusting their processes for 2020.
ways to help
The Guild is currently running a $13,000 matching gift campaign from our board members and friends. Your support now has twice the impact! Please consider supporting the Guild financially to ensure we have the necessary resources to get through these challenging times. Click here to make a donation.
If you are not already a member, please consider supporting the Guild by making a yearlong commitment to our mission. There are several different levels of membership. For more information or to become a member, please check out our Members Circle page.
We also recognize that this crisis has impacted our community in many different ways. If you are unable to give financially at this time, please help us out by spreading the word about what the Guild is up to! By forwarding an email to a friend, sharing our content on social media, and telling your friends and neighbors about the Guild, you help amplify our message and programming.