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COVID-19 Resources for Artists:

Madison Park Development Corporation has been monitoring the guidance from the public health community designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and taking measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all our staff, residents, program participants, and partners.

In response to recent directives from the City and State, MPDC will suspend all programming and close our office, The Dewitt Center​ and Hibernian Hall​ to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17th through Tuesday, April 7th. We will continue to monitor new information in order to decide whether to re-open and resume programming after this date.

MPDC, Dewitt Center and Hibernian Hall staff will be available by phone and email during this time. Please contact us at 617 541-3900 or info@madison-park.org or use the following link for specific staff contact information. http://www.madison-park.org/who-we-are/team/

The following are links to additional information and resources. Please, stay tuned to this page for additional resources in the coming days:

General Resources for Boston/MA Residents

City of Boston:

The City of Boston has launched a new, free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Stay in the know and text BOSCOVID to 99411 to opt-in to the service.

On Saturday, the City distributed a handout door-to-door with important public health information about the coronavirus. Hopefully, you received this information at your home.
The City webpage is being updated daily. https://www.boston.gov/news/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-boston

Resident Services at City Hall
While City Hall is still open and running, to reduce exposure, they discourage anyone from coming in unless you have an urgent need for services that cannot be done by phone or online. If you have questions, call the City’s hotline at 311 to get connected to a department.

Residents are asked not to call 911 unless they are experiencing a medical emergency. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 311. The City and BPHC will continue to provide updated information on bphc.org and boston.gov/coronavirus.

City of Boston COVID-19 Guidelines






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  • Stay home if possible. If you must go outside, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050.
  • Donate supplies to first responders here
  • Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here
  • Fill out the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census is happening now and only 16.7 percent of households have responded. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted.


State of Massachusetts Guidance and Directives:

*COVID-19 Guidance and Directives*
Guidance and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and other state agencies related to COVID-19.
List of essential businesses and employees: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services/download


Mutual Aid for Roxbury & Jamaica Plain:

Mutual aid is a powerful way to build strong connections – we all have something to offer and we all have something we need. Feel free to fill out both “needs” and “offerings”.


Vital Village:

The amazing folks at Vital Village have created a Google spreadsheet full of resources. It can be filtered. You can also submit additional resources.




Union Capital Boston:

Sign-up for Union Capital Boston​ Visa Gift Card Support

Do you live in the Greater Boston area? Are you in need of financial support due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) either because of school closings or lost wages?

If yes, please fill out this form and answer honestly. Union Capital Boston will order $150 Visa gift cards in the order received with the funds that they have.


Resource Guide by Kim Lucas

Fantastic resource guide! Thank you for sending our way Kim Lucas!










Resources Related to Parents, Youth, & BPS Students

Boston Public Schools:

BPS students Free breakfast & lunch pick up sites. Each student will pick up their meals at the location closest to their neighborhood. 

Chrome books: BPS will be sending out an email to each family (student and or parent) to set up a time to pick up their Chrome Books.

Department of Early Education / Emergency Exempt Childcare:

Gov. Charlie Baker announced that more than 300 emergency child care programs will be made available.



Boston Neighborhood Network

Just because school is out doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Starting on Monday, March 23, BNN will be Live with homework help, reading, math and science for elementary and pre-school aged children. Make sure to check it out on bnnmedia.org Comcast 9 | RCN 15 | Verizon 1961


Activities for Children during Covid-19:



The Ultimate Parent Lockdown Guide



Resources Related to Health & Wellness

City of Boston:


The City of Boston recently updated Boston.gov/recovery with online recovery support resources. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use, you can call 311 (or (617) 635-4500) to access recovery services.

Boston Public Health Commission:


Massachusetts Department of Public Health:


The Cory Johnson Program Weekly Conference Call:

No matter what you are feeling right now, whether fear and overwhelm from the Coronavirus crisis or anxiety and sadness from other traumatic loss, The Cory Johnson Program remains committed to offering support and connection.
During these challenging times, they offer CAN WE TALK? weekly by phone. As this is a group experience, it is a phone version of a ‘drop-in’ program. Anyone can call if you want you can share your feelings and thoughts for 2-3 minutes. While there isn’t time for everyone to share, know that listening is active support for everyone on the call. They start with music and begin sharing with a poem. Like their in-person program, the CAN WE TALK? phone call offers support within the community.
They are offering Can We Talk? BY PHONE EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT at 6:30 PM,
They commit to doing so as long as needed.
Their monthly trauma education, art/writing nights, mothers and mens groups will return in the future.
Conference Call Line Instructions:
Step #1: Dial: 1-929-436-2866
Step #2: Enter Meeting ID: 887995182#
Step #3: Press # to join the call. (There is no Participant ID)
They hope you will join us over the phone Thursday 3/26 at 6:30 PM

Daily Om

Personal care website:  https://www.dailyom.com/

The Center for Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology, Inc.

Over 20 licensed therapists and growing volunteering their time to listen to anyone who needs a little help to get through this time. We have many languages represented, and underserved communities, as well. Inshallah, we are able to add a little more to the world in a positive manner in this trying time.

Resources Related to Food Access

City of Boston Food Sites:



Project Bread’s School Closure Meal Finder:


Monica Cannon-Grant at Violence in Boston and Food for the Soul

Free meal delivery to Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester.
Please, fill out this form:

Resources Related to Housing

US Department of Housing & Urban Development:

The Federal Housing Administration is taking steps to assist borrowers who find themselves unable to pay their mortgage due to COVID-19. Visit https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus to learn about the measures being taken to prevent borrowers from going into foreclosure.

Resources Related to Transportation



MBTA to allow back-door boarding amid pandemic, keeping riders and drivers separate
The move will effectively make trips on buses and above-ground trolleys free.
By Adam Vaccaro March 20, 9:40 PM
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced late Friday that it will ask passengers to board buses through the back door, a policy change that will effectively make trips free and is meant to separate riders from drivers to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The T typically requires all riders to enter through the front door, where they tap plastic fare cards or insert cash to pay for their trips, putting riders face-to-face with drivers. Now, nearly all riders will be directed to the back, where they won’t have to pay.
The new rules will also apply on the above-ground stops on the Green Line and the Mattapan trolley line, which have operators at the front of vehicles. Riders who enter stations with fare gates will still pay fares.
“The MBTA is undertaking these measures to protect our frontline employees while maintaining regional mobility for essential trips by healthcare workers and emergency responders,” MBTA general manager Steve Poftak said in a statement.
Passengers with disabilities and the elderly will still be allowed to use front entrances, which have ramps to help riders board more easily.
See the entire article here:

Resources Related to Employment & Workforce

MA Department of Unemployment:

The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance and Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development are hosting virtual town hall meetings to help with unemployment applications.
The current virtual town hall schedule is:
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Click the link below to sign up for a virtual town hall via phone or online: https://bit.ly/2Ucu0vN

WorkShare Program:



Restaurant Strong Fund:


The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams* to support those from the Massachusetts restaurant industry who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures.  Their goal is to provide $1,000 grants to as many qualifying grantees as possible….


One Fair Wage – Emergency Coronavirus and Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund:


They’re providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.


Restaurant Workers Community Foundation:



Resources for Nonprofits and Small Businesses

(Thank you to the TSNE for compiling this list.)

TSNE is gathering a list of resources for nonprofits that may be able to provide relief or assistance during this challenging time. This is not a complete list and TSNE will continue to make updates here as more resources become available.





Massachusetts Nonprofit Network – Summary of Funds Being Set Up to Support Orgs and Communities



Philanthropic and governments across Massachusetts are setting up funds to support organizations and communities that have been impacted by the coronavirus. See below for a list of funds. MNN is updating this list as often as possible.

§  The Boston Foundation

§  City of Boston – Boston Resiliency Fund

§  Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

§  Foundation for MetroWest – MetroWest Emergency Fund

§  Greater Worcester Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund

§  Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation – COVID-19 Loan Fund

§  United States Small Business Administration – Economic Injury Disaster Loans

§  United Way of Central Massachusetts

§  United Way of Greater New Bedford

§  United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley


City of Boston

The City of Boston encourages you to find the State of Massachusetts full list of “COVID-19 Essential Services”  here.

Restaurants, bars, and other establishments that sell food and beverage products to the public are encouraged to continue to offer food for take-out and by delivery if they follow the social distancing protocols set forth in Department of Public Health guidance. On-premises consumption of food or drink is prohibited.

The Licensing Board for the City of Boston has provided the attached advisory regarding the status of the prohibition of on-premise consumption of food and alcohol, the limitation on capacity, and the closure of non-essential businesses. This Advisory is mandatory and applies to both licensees holding a common victualler food only license and those holding a common victualler with alcoholic beverages license. Any failure to adhere to the Order or the Advisory will result in disciplinary action by the Board which may include, but not be limited to, the immediate suspension of the license.

The Office of Small business has put out a 2nd survey to help us identify ways to support small businesses through this crisis. Please give them your feedback here

The City of Boston has launched a website for residents to find local restaurants that remain open for take-out and delivery service during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. If your business is open for delivery and want to let the public know, be sure to sign up on Support Boston Restaurants

The Boston Transportation Dept. is creating temporary pick up zones in front of restaurants that have transitioned to takeout only or businesses that have increased delivery needs. If you would like to request a take-out/delivery zone in front of your business, please visit Boston.gov/takeout-zones

Please visit boston.gov/small-business and click on the COVID-19 updates for additional info. You can email smallbiz@boston.gov or call the Mayor’s Hotline at 311.


Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts


The Southcoast Emergency Response Fund has been established by the Community Foundation in partnership with other regional funders, to rapidly attract and deploy resources to organizations in our region that are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Fund will prioritize those areas of impact that will not likely receive governmental support, are most severely affected, and those serving our most vulnerable neighbors.


Nellie Mae Foundation Rapid Response: Racism is a Virus Too

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created this rapid response fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. The Foundation has allocated resources for the Racism is a Virus Too rapid response grant fund to support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities. Download the RFP here.


Philanthropy Massachusetts Disaster and Emergency Relief Resources



Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund


The Baker-Polito Administration announced economic support for small businesses with a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to those that have been affected by COVID-19. The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits. Loans are immediately available to eligible businesses with no payments due for the first 6 months.

Will Congressional Relief Packages Recognize Nonprofit Needs? You Can Make a Difference Today!


Last week, as Congress was throwing together legislation to address the COVID-19 crisis, 40 national nonprofit organizations sprang forth to make sure Congress did not forget nonprofits like it normally does.

Resources for Artists:

Mass Cultural Council‘s preparedness for the Cultural Sector: Watch the recording for their COVID-19 Preparedness for the Cultural Sector webinar. https://youtu.be/sXeCGjPgb8c

Mass Cultural Council released the results of their online survey of artists and arts & culture organizations created to assess the dire impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts & culture community. We join Mass Cultural Council and Mass Humanities in urging state legislators to pass measures that will address the needs of our community to mitigate the devastating economic loss we face. Read their full statement and list of policy recommendations below.

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture created a new Artist Relief Fund for artists located in Boston whose incomes are being adversely affected by COVID-19: https://www.boston.gov/news/boston-establishes-artist-relief-fund-response-coronavirus 

MassCreative is urging you to reach out to your legislators now as they draft emergency legislation in response to the economic impact of this public health emergency. Some initiatives that work for small businesses, like low-interest loans, do not work for performance organizations that have lost half their annual revenue. Unemployment insurance does not apply to those who are self-employed or work in the gig economy. Lawmakers need to hear from you.

HowlRound panel discussion: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (for US-Based freelance artists and cultural workers). Access it here.

Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up a national Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.

The Record Co. has established the Boston Music Maker Relief Fund to provide financial relief to Boston area music makers experience lost income as the result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Is Calling on the US Government to Bail Out At-Risk Museums With $4 Billion in Aid

The Met is launching #CongressSaveCulture, a campaign to support broader efforts advocating for financial relief for non-profit arts organizations to be included in the $2 trillion stimulus package currently being debated in Congress. The relief package is expected to include funding for many industries impacted by COVID-19, including airlines, casinos, cruise ships, and more.

There are three relatively simple things you can do now:

1. Go to the American Alliance of Museums website (https://www.aam-us.org/2020/03/19/urge-congress-to-support-museum-community-economic-relief/) and send a letter to your representatives in Congress
2. Share the hashtag #CongressSaveCulture on your social platforms (along with a comment or photo that reflects your passion for The Met and/or all the arts)

3. Sign their petition to support arts organizations: https://www.congressweb.com/AAM/67#/67/

Hibernian Hall is your home for multicultural arts & culture in the heart of Boston!

As a performing arts destination that contributes to our mission of neighborhood revitalization in Roxbury, Hibernian Hall offers year-round programming that reflects Roxbury’s cultural heritage. Hibernian Hall is also an excellent venue for non-profit events that are open to the public!  The ballroom is available for community presentations of music, dance, theater, film, and spoken word performance.  Contact us to discuss your next event in the Ballroom, check out our rental guide, or fill out an inquiry form here.

Check out our rental guide!

The History of Hibernian Hall

After the Irish residents began moving out of Roxbury, the building went through a period of change. It became the headquarters for the Opportunities Industrialization Center, an international job-training program. Then, for a decade, it sat unoccupied and falling into disrepair. Hibernian Hall was purchased by Madison Park Development Corporation in 2000. It was fully restored to its original grandeur and reopened in 2005.

Hibernian Hall remains a wonderful gathering place for music, dance, and theater – reflecting the diversity of cultures in the area. It continues to serve as a destination for arts and culture in the heart of Roxbury’s Dudley Square.