COVID-19 Crisis, Art and Creativity

Here are a few links to resources, including those that point out how art and creativity can play an important role in direct and indirect ways.

1. Looking for stimulation or structure at such unsettled times?

Join daily, creative activities with Isolation Art School on Instagram. See here for links to other creative resources, and here for best online culture for self-isolation, from improv comedy to ballet to the Sistine Chapel, here for tips to shave the eyebrows of a potato.

2. Can’t grasp what’s going on?

Find articulations, expressions — and even closure/catharsis — in books like The Plague (or listen to the audio book  - 10 hours!) or Love in a Time of Cholera, a play like Endgame, films like La Jettee, Weekend or Lessons of Darkness, or essays, like On the Heights of Despair, Illness as Metaphor and, most importantly, on hope.           

3. Tired of sitting at your uncomfortable, make-shift desk all day?

Get moving with free online PE, dance or fitness classes. Get energised with free online dance classes with other LGBTQI elders.

4. Tired of how things are?

Let your imagination run riot. Imagine a better future. How could the disruptions teach us new (better?) behaviours? Learn from visions and actions like ‘radical kindness’, ‘compassionomics’ and #caremongering. Remind yourself about feminist art and politics through this free online course

5. Are you self-employed and neurodiverse?

Contact Exceptional Individuals to gain access to emergency funding. Freelancers in the arts, creative and cultural sectors can access resources from A-N (artists’ information) and Arts Council England

6. Interested in neurodiversity, creativity and research?

Find support and share ideas in the Neurodiversity In/And Creative Research Network. We ran the first online meeting on 31/3/2020 to share tips to cope during unsettling times. The second will take place on 15/4. Take part in a Craftiness Against COVID-19 haiku contest.  

6. Struggling with social distancing?

Use this Battle Cat that keeps you 2 metres away from the next person.

See here for other responses on catalysing the crisis for change.