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COVID-19 Update

Read the response and updates to COVID-19 at massart.edu/coronavirus.

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Resources

Food Resources

  • MassArt’s SHELF program will remain closed as long as the campus staff works remotely. Please check the MassArt wiki for food resources around the city
     
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank allows you to search by zip code
     
  • Additionally you may qualify for SNAP Benefits

    SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. SNAP operates in all fifty states and United States Territories. For more information local to you, you should access your town/city website for up to date information available to you. 


Housing 

For students living off-campus, the City of Boston has developed a Rental Relief Fund for Boston residents at risk of losing their rental housing due to the affects of the pandemic. 

Rental Relief Fund


Healthcare 

Governor Baker has announced new emergency orders that will allow retired physicians and providers in other states to practice in person or through telemedicine.

These orders also stipulate "that no doctor, nurse, social worker or psychologist will be prohibited from using telemedicine across state lines to care for their patients who have been enrolled this year in Massachusetts colleges or universities, which have largely moved to remote learning and sent students home."

Access for Uninsured MA residents

The Massachusetts Health Connector has designated a temporary special enrollment period beginning on March 11, 2020, and ending on April 25, 2020, for currently uninsured Massachusetts residents.

If you know people who are currently uninsured, please consider this opportunity to assist them to enroll in health insurance coverage for which they are eligible. The BRIDGE Program at CRI can assist in health insurance enrollment. They can be reached at (617) 502-1747 or crine.org/BRIDGE


Technology

Google Collaboration Tools
MassArt uses Google’s G Suite for Education service to provide tools for email, document creation and sharing, and collaboration via videoconference and chat, and other services. Please refer to the Technology department’s Google G Suite for Education article for an overview of services, tools and applications, and links to user documentation and training resources for them. 

Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe has announced its intention to provide free access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications for students impacted by COVID-19. Please refer to the Technology department’s Resources for Remote Instruction article for additional details.


art supplies

Dick Blick is now offering curbside pick-up. Creating a wish list on dickblick.com allows you to choose which store you would like to pick up at after creating a profile. You may also email blickfenway@dickblick.com with a list of items. 


MassArt Library

Contact
Librarians may be reached via Google Hangouts from Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Send a Google Hangouts invite to library@massart.edu (Instructions will be on library website). Or contact specific library staff member.

LibGuides

The Godine Library has compiled a few of the freely available online resources for research and instruction. Some are available through the library and some are provided via the web, but they're vetted and approved by the library: 

Physical vs. Digital Research Materials
We love our physical library collections; we have so many wonderful things that aren't available digitally. That said, there are lots of other good digital resources--some freely available and others available to purchase. We will work with you to try to fulfill your research needs as best we can. Please be in touch with the Library to let us know what you need.

Reserves
If you had physical books or DVDs on Reserve at our library, we may have them at one of our houses. We desperately tried to grab as many required texts and DVDs as we could before we got shut out of the building. We're setting up to digitize DVDs and text as needed. We've also identified that a bunch of these are already available digitally. We're going ahead and buying e-books that are required for courses. For book reserves, please get in touch with Abi at asweeney@massart.edu. For DVD reserves get in touch with Chrissy at chartman@massart.edu.

Interlibrary Loan
We will continue interlibrary loan service for digital articles only at this time. With so many libraries closed or closing, even those may be hard to come by. Fill out a request as usual or contact Damian at dlavoice@massart.edu.

Checked Out Library Materials
Please hold onto the library materials you have checked out until we reopen. We can't accept returns at this time.