Covid Resources

This list of publicly available resources is provided for informational purposes only, with a focus on Austin, Texas. AAR, LLC is not affiliated with any of these entities and programs. Click on the links for additional information and eligibility requirements. This list will be updated periodically. Check back for updates. 

ATX ARTIST SPECIFIC 

HAAM Covid-19 Resources

From: HAAM

https://www.myhaam.org/covid19

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) has collected a list of resources for local musicians and is requesting feedback from the community to identify additional needs.

Deadline: NA

HOUSING

COA Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Assistance Program

From: City of Austin

http://www.austintexas.gov/rent

Description from the site: “The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Assistance Program provides full rent payment for income-eligible Austin renters financially impacted by COVID-19.” Open until funds are exhausted.

Deadline: This program will accept new applicants until funds are depleted. There will be more random selections advertised periodically until December or when the funds are depleted.

HUD: Avoiding Foreclosure

From: HUD

https://www.hud.gov/topics/avoiding_foreclosure/fctimeline

Description: HUD.GOV helps people find strategies and resources to avoid foreclosure.

Deadline: NA

UTILITIES

Austin Energy Customer Assistance Programs

From: Austin Energy

https://austinenergy.com/ae/residential/your-bill/customer-assistance-programs

Description: A list of programs offered by Austin Energy to support customers during the pandemic.

Deadline: Many programs only available until 9.30.2020

FOOD

Food Banks/Pantries

From: Capital Texas Food Bank

https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/

Description: Feeding families in need.

Deadline: NA

Austin Independent School District Meals and Produce Boxes

From: AISD

https://www.austinisd.org/openforlearning/meals

Description: Meals are produce boxes are available for children under 19 and sometimes parents/caregivers, for those that qualify. Dependent upon funding- some programs are designed to terminate in October, others at the end of the year.

Deadline: Update- free meals will be provided to anyone under 19 through December, produce boxes scheduled up until October 7th, and caregiver/parent meal program available until Oct. 4th. 

CHILD CARE

TWC Child care Resources Page

From: Texas Workforce Commission

https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-child-care

Description: Information and resources for child care and early learning through the TWC.

Deadline:  Dependant on funding and per program, check their website for more information. 

GENERAL CITY RESOURCE LIST

COA Covid-19 Economic Recovery

From: City of Austin

https://www.austintexas.gov/economicrecovery

Description: This City of Austin page is designed to help Austinites locate and identify resources in the area.

Deadline: NA

Lloyd’s Donation/Fundraising Update

Blood Drive

Lloyd the Warehouse has been BUSY- whadda warehouse. Huge thanks to the 25 people who signed up to donate blood with We Are Blood this past Sunday. They were so impressed we filled up the slots and kept doing so. After filling up the first standard 4 hours, they reached out and asked to add time and slots and the community stepped up! Well done! If you missed out and still wanted to give blood, you can directly make an appointment with them by going here: https://weareblood.org/

Food Drive

Similarly, the virtual fundraiser for the food bank has gone so very well. We exceeded our goal of $1234 early in the week and the community has continued to give. That fundraiser will close this coming Sunday, May 31st. If you are able and inspired to, please consider throwing even $5 at the good folk at The Central Texas Food Bank. For every $1 that is donated, they can provide 4 meals. https://help-prepare-families.everydayhero.com/us/lloyd-s-virtual-food-drive

Again, thank you to every single person that has participated or that will. You really stepped up! Thank you.

Burner Art Safari 2020

The community provideth. As promised here’s the map for all your self-guided, socially distant, burner safari needs. Poke around, click on the “flags” for titles and details of the individual art pieces. Some pieces will be available 24/7 from Thursday May 21st to Monday morning May 25th, and some for only part of the time, have special time sensitive events listed in the notes, etc.- check out the descriptions for more info and make your plans accordingly. 

If you were hoping to participate and haven’t had a chance to “register” your art project yet (clearly visible from the street), please read the blog and complete the form. It might take a minute, but we will add your art to the map throughout the weekend. 

DO NOT Trespass– please don’t waltz on to anyone’s property uninvited. Stay in your car/on the street/sidewalk. If you happen to see someone, feel free to wave and thank ‘em- just don’t go ringing doorbells or charging them for conversation. Social distancing is important. 

DO NOT Touch The Art– This is not an invitation to go messing with people’s art. Touching other people’s stuff is not respectful and clearly not in the spirit of social distancing. 

PHOTOGRAPHY- If you see a sign near the art specifically asking you not to take pictures, don’t. 

KFLiP, The Voice of Pyropolis will be on the air for Virtual Flipside 2020! Our community has come together to create 4 days of programming, starting at Thursday Noon and going until Monday about 2pm. Catch all the shows, see the calendar of upcoming shows, and interact with the DJs at www.kflipcamp.org!

HUGE thanks to all the artists who are participating and sharing their awesome projects. You are inspiring and your efforts are so appreciated! As always, this magic couldn’t have happened without you and we are all so grateful. We are excited to be able to share a little Flipside magic with our friends and family inside and outside of the community. Happy (art) hunting! 

Please enjoy Burner Art Safari 2020- pith helmet not required but costumes always encouraged. NOTE: If you use google maps extensively, you may want to play with your layers settings. MAP MAP MAP.

Other link to map: Map

Burner Art Map Submission

Do you have art visible from the street? Would you like to share? A couple of community members are organizing an art map designed so that burners can enjoy a self-guided, social distanced art tour from the comfort of their car. The “tour” lasts from Thursday, May 21st until early Monday morning, May 25th. Think of it like a little Burner Art Safari. Pith helmet optional. Costumes always encouraged.

Here’s a quick teaser of the preliminary map:

If the piece is better viewed at day or night, or will only be available for set hours, etc., please include that information in the description and/or notes.

Location: if you prefer not to post your actual address, be sure to add specific instructions on where the piece is located (example: 1000 block E. Applegate Ln, North Side, middle of the block).

Artist’s/Participant’s names and emails will not be shared on the map. The title of the piece, location, area, description (and notes, when applicable) WILL be included.

If you would like to participate, complete this quick form, preferably before Thursday (although we will take later submissions, those will be added much more slowly): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScid9FA_6CohfsyOww_V2fNH5s-YsiFcg3erVl8iXe616ID3A/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you know an artist who would like to play, feel free to share this link with your friends and campmates.

The link for the actual map will be released sometime Thursday morning. If you choose to join in the self-guided tour, please remember that these pieces are on private property. Do NOT trespass (stay in your car or, if you are on foot or bike, do not leave the street/sidewalk) and do NOT touch the art. Please maintain above standard social distancing practices.

Looking forward to checking out all the awesome art! Thanks for playing!

Donation Drive at Lloyd

Greetings!

There are some BIG needs in the world right now. Covid-19 has drastically impacted blood donations, while the need has not decreased. With the country-wide shortage of blood, there are a lot of folk who are having to wait days for life-saving transfusions. Additionally, we are all feeling the economic impacts of this disease and many, many people are having to depend on food donations to make it through. We might not be able to control many things right now, and that is incredibly frustrating, but we have the opportunity to provide gifts to our broader community that can quite literally save lives. 

Gifting: It’s part of who we are. 

It’s one of several beautiful ideals at the core of our collective identity as burners. This year, we won’t be able to share our gifts in person with one another at an event and that’s painful in a special sort of way. We all look forward to being together again, safely and soon. In the meantime, if you are able, please consider spreading the word and participating in these meaningful ways where we can provide gifts to our local community. 

Here are some ways we can help:

Blood Drive at Lloyd

BLOOD DRIVE

Sunday, May 24th

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Lloyd The Warehouse is hosting a blood drive! Come lend a helping arm and save local lives. It’s easy, just click here to make an appointment on-line. We will be stationed in the Bloodmobile Bus in front of Lloyd The Warehouse. 

Walk-ins are not being accepted- please schedule an appointment if you would like to give blood. 

If you have eligibility questions, check out We Are Blood’s website. If you have more specific questions or would like assistance signing up, call We Are Blood at 512-206-1266.

For questions specific to our drive, contact stephy at stephy@outlook.com

*Remember! Bring a mask, eat a full meal before donating, and bring your photo ID. Follow the instructions on the website- you can complete the form on the  *day of* donation and bring the printout or a code to skip the onsite questionnaire. 

Please read the FAQ about being at Lloyd the Warehouse and giving blood at the end of this post.

Lloyd’s Virtual Food Drive

Please join Lloyd the Warehouse in helping to feed our Community. https://help-prepare-families.everydayhero.com/us/lloyd-s-virtual-food-drive 

The Central Texas Food Bank believes in providing comprehensive support to address urgent issues, and to ensure that our neighbors have the tools and information needed to access food and other programs through our network—now or whenever they find themselves in need.

A gift today helps ensure the Food Bank’s shelves are stocked so they can respond when needed most.

According to the Food Bank, right now the most helpful thing would be to provide financial contributions. They are able to provide 4 meals with just $1. 

If you would rather donate food items, please visit https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/ for more information. They are accepting donations at the back of the building by the loading docks. The entrance is off Burleson Rd. and open M-F 8AM to 5PM. 

The most needed items are: peanut butter canned chicken breast or tuna canned low sodium vegetables canned fruit in its own juice (no sugar added) dry pinto beans brown rice non-fat dry milk powder 100% whole grain cereal.

Thank you!

Don’t forget- participation doesn’t have to be that you, personally, make a donation. If you feel inspired to, please consider sharing this information and help spread the word. 

We are all in this together. 

Thank you, all. Until we meet again <3

FAQ

Q. Can you guarantee my safety if I choose to participate?

  1. No. Not even a little. We are doing everything we can to minimize risk, but as you know, every interaction involves some risk at this time. We seek to not cause harm- you will have to do what’s right for you and we all fully support this. 

Q. This is being held at the warehouse? Can we hang out?

  1. No. 

Q. No, seriously. We want to spend some time at the warehouse. If we donate blood, can we spend some time up there?

  1. No, seriously. If you are donating blood, We Are Blood requests that donors show up no more than 5 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment and leave when they are done resting on the bus. Their team must stick to strict guidelines and having people milling around is not in anyone’s best interest.

Q. My friend/family member/partner/bestie wants to drive me to and from when I donate blood. Can they hang out while I’m donating?

  1. Not in the lot. If you need someone to drive you to and from, please note that they will not be allowed to hang out while you are on the bus. They must stay in their vehicle while waiting for you. 

Q. If I come up to donate, do I have to sign a waiver (if I haven’t already for this year)?

  1. Of course! We will have waivers on site, ready for your steady hand. If you’re at Lloyd, ya gotta sign the waiver. Please make sure you review the warehouse policies

Q. I was looking forward to donating blood but I woke up feeling sick May 24th. Should I come up anyway?

  1. Please, no. Definitely not. Take good care of yourself and stay home. If you signed up to donate, follow the instructions on the website to let them know you will not make your appointment. 

Q. Is it a big deal if I miss my appointment with We Are Blood?

  1. YES. Please do not sign up to donate blood unless you are 1000% committed to showing up, ON TIME (no burner time- they can’t operate like that). Unfortunately, if you miss your appointment, they cannot take walk-ins at this time- which means that that slot is “wasted” and that’s just another hit to the supply. If you find out days before that you will be unable to make it, please reach out to We Are Blood directly so that they may open up that time slot for someone else to fill (if they are able to). If you have to miss your appointment because you are feeling ill the day of, please see the previous FAQ entry- your gift may just be trying to keep yourself and everyone safe that day and that’s okay. 

Q. Do we need to wear masks if we donate blood?

  1. Yes. We Are Blood requires all donors to come with their own masks. While on site, for everyone’s safety, masks will be required for the duration. 

Q. Can we use the bathroom at the warehouse?

  1. Negative. In order for We Are Blood to safely perform their service they require exclusive use of the “facilities,” which means that no one else can use the bathroom while they are on site. Please plan accordingly. 

Q. What’s accessibility like on this bus?

  1. Unfortunately, it is really just a converted bus (and all that that entails). They have much better accessibility at their brick and mortar locations. If you would like to, please visit https://weareblood.org/ and speak with those good folk directly. 

Q. Can I show up with a table of snacks and drinks and cheer and fluff people donating?

  1. Please, don’t. It’s super sweet of you to want to find another way to help but no one gets to just “hang out,” even with the best of intentions. There will be a couple people on site to help things run smoothly as well as to ensure that social distancing practices are being respected. We must honor the health care workers from We Are Blood by being, and remaining, scarce. Get in, do yo thang, get out quickly and safely and know that you are loved and appreciated but we just can’t do “people” right now. 

Q. This event is being held at the end of May. Surely the State will continue to lift restrictions and we can totally throw caution to the wind and party? 

  1. No. We Are Blood does not intend to change their current, strict system in order to protect their staff and their donors, and neither will we. It is unlikely that there will be enough data to “prove” we may safely congregate in May. Please understand that we will continue to enforce social distancing guidelines at Lloyd, even outside, to make sure that when this is all over and we can be together again, no one is missing. 

Art Projects and Flipside 2020

“Found Art” photo provided by stephy

Art Registration

Art Registration is now open! Make sure to register your art if you need something placed that has a flame effect, you’re bringing an art you were hoping to burn, you need placement, or if you were just looking to have your fabulous art on the Burning Flipside map. Make sure you are logged in before you start trying to register your piece.

If you were looking for extra logistics help, or just generally need a brain to pick, send a message to art@burningflipside.com

Art registration will close at 11:59pm CST April 1st (no joke!) so get that registration in!

Registration for Mutants and Motorized Art (Art Cars!) and Events is open and will remain open until May 17th.

Resources for Flipside Bound Art

Making art isn’t easy…unless easy is your art, in which case, good on you for embracing that loophole! Here are some resources to help you bring that special piece you were looking forward to share…

Grants- Ignition Philter

The community run organization Ignition Philter is taking applications for grants for Burning Flipside bound art projects for 2019. The application is currently open and will close March 1st.

If you are interested, check out the 20 art projects that received funding in 2019 https://ignitionphilter.com/2019-grant-winners/

Art Projects Seeking Support Page

Check out the Art Projects Seeking Support Page. It’s basically a community bulletin board where artists can ask for assistance making their art project go. You might be looking to share a brain with someone with specific expertise on whatever topic. Perhaps you could use some additional hands on your build. Maybe a little more money would turn this dream into a reality- it’s a good place to share your crowd source link and make a case for community support.

Lloyd The Warehouse

Good ole Lloyd here has housed some pretty epic art pieces over the years. If you were hoping for space to make a thing or to have the use of some tools, reach out to the Warehouse Managers at warehouse@burningflipside.com

Don’t know about the community driven Lloyd? Tragedy. Let’s fix that. https://www.burningflipside.com/24-7-360/warehouse

Come out on Wednesday evenings 7-10pm for Church Night to meet other participants, check out DaFT’s progress with the effigy (and maybe grab an impact driver and make magic happen! Email daft@burningflipside.com to volunteer- no previous build skills required!) or come some Thursday evening for Art Nights At Lloyd, a community run group where the focus is less social and more arting at each other. For dates, check the calendar https://www.burningflipside.com/24-7-360

For other art related questions, feel free to email art@burningflipside.com

Happy Arting!

Ignition Philter Art Grant Application Open until March 1st

Artists it is that time again! The application for the 2020 Flipside Art Grants through community run organization Ignition Philter are now open.

Get your personal info, your project idea together, your budget #s ready. Last year had so many great pieces-Forge of Hephaestus! Deathgun! A piece went to Space! Burnable art, light up art, cooking and yarn art! Big or small, we can’t wait to see what you’re bringing this year!

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdyqmHjSbSBrp1qiheO5tm_TEjtNtMvHTG76H3aWxW9NBcdhQ/viewform

What is Ignition Philter? Learn more at https://ignitionphilter.com/

“Who Are You, Really?” An Art Show

Pyropolis Art Guild is hosting their very first Art Show and they need your art to show! The theme is Who Are You, Really? and the guidelines are: “Make a 3-D representation of yourself in animal form”. Avoid moopy or toxic materials- otherwise, go wild.

The show is open to EVERYONE- feel free to encourage your littles to participate.

To be part of the Art Show, register here ASAP.

If you’re not sure what to make, watch the first episode of the first season of Making It for inspiration.

The show will take place on February 29th, 2020, from 4-7pm at Lloyd the Warehouse. We will bring some nibbles and drinks but please feel free to bring some as well! And wear your fancy art show clothes (or not)!

Please email pyropolis.art.guild@gmail.com with questions

Event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/716952265378303/

Art Projects and Flipside 2019

photo provided by stephy

Art Registration

Art Registration is now open! Make sure to register your art if you need something placed that has a flame effect, you’re bringing an art you were hoping to burn, you need placement, or if you were just looking to have your fabulous art on the Burning Flipside map. Make sure you are logged in before you start trying to register your piece.

If you were looking for extra logistics help, need a brain to pick, send a message to artlogistics@burningflipside.com

Art registration will close at 11:59pm CST April 1st (no joke!) so get that registration in!

Registration for Mutants and Motorized Art (Art Cars!) and Events is open and will remain open until May 17th.

Resources for Flipside Bound Art

Making art isn’t easy…unless easy is your art, in which case, good on you for embracing that loophole! Here are some resources to help you bring that special piece you were looking forward to share…

Grants- Ignition Philter

The community run organization Ignition Philter is taking applications for grants for Burning Flipside bound art projects for 2019. The application is currently open and will close March 4th.

If you are interested, check out the 16 art projects that received funding in 2018 https://ignitionphilter.com/grant-winners/

Art Projects Seeking Support Page

Check out the Art Projects Seeking Support Page. It’s basically a community bulletin board where artists can ask for assistance making their art project go. You might be looking to share a brain with someone with specific expertise on whatever topic. Perhaps you could use some additional hands on your build. Maybe a little more money would turn this dream into a reality- it’s a good place to share your crowd source link and make a case for community support.

Lloyd The Warehouse

Good ole Lloyd here has housed some pretty epic art pieces over the years. If you were hoping for space to make a thing or to have the use of some tools, reach out to the Warehouse Managers at warehouse@burningflipside.com

Don’t know about the community driven Lloyd? Tragedy. Let’s fix that. https://www.burningflipside.com/24-7-360/warehouse

Come out on Wednesday evenings 7-10pm for Church Night to meet other participants, check out DaFT’s progress with the effigy (and maybe grab an impact driver and make magic happen! Email daft@burningflipside.com to volunteer- no previous build skills required!) or come some Thursday evening for Art Nights At Lloyd, a community run group where the focus is less social and more arting at each other. For dates, check the calendar https://www.burningflipside.com/24-7-360

For other art related questions, feel free to email art@burningflipside.com

Happy Arting!

Ignition Philter’s Second Year!

A Little About Ignition Philter

Ignition Philter (the independent art grant organization) had a fantastic first year at Burning Flipside.  There were puppets and pay phones and blinkies and music and fire, oh my! We had 32 applications and were able to give away money for 16 pieces. For a refresher of whose art you helped pay for, see the list of last year’s winners: https://ignitionphilter.com/grant-winners/

Looking Forward

2019 is coming and we’re ready to not be freshpeople.  We learned a few things and are ready to go bigger and weirder next year.  In addition to funding more projects, we have plans to work towards being a 501c3 when the 2020 Flipside comes around.

Plans for 2019

This coming year, we will again be awarding grants of up to $575 per project.  We will be opening applications for the 2019 grant cycle February 4th.  Our jury will meet at the end of February to pick our winners. But all of this needs you, our dear reader, to help.

How Can You Help?

Art Grant Jury

Come be a judge to help us pick our winners!  If you’re interested in helping find us at Spring Town Hall February 2nd 2019 at Lloyd the Warehouse or email ignitionphilter@gmail.com

Donate When Submitting Your Ticket Request

When you purchase your Burning Flipside ticket, please add an additional donation to Ignition Philter.

Apply For Art Grants

Submit an art project for the grant.  We fund small and large projects.  Try your hand at making your dream a reality!  Keep an eye on the timeline page for the link to the application on February 24th. https://ignitionphilter.com/timeline/

Donate Direct

You can also donate to Ignition Philter outside of the tickets. Contact us to find out how https://ignitionphilter.com

More Money, More Art! 

-By XTC Representing Ignition Philter