The power of artistry......
In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic is the talk of the town. Everyone’s lives have been changed in extreme ways - living rooms are now offices, FaceTime is used in place of social gatherings, and social media is our news source. This presents even more challenges to artists, who rely on in person connection and engagement to sustain themselves. The best thing about all artists is their creativity, and there has been no shortage of it in the past 3 months. There are so many uplifting stories of artists using technology to help the show go on - as well as ways we can stay engaged with the arts community and promote the importance of artists in society.
Musicians are writing and releasing new music. Children are becoming more engaged in crafts and artwork. People are becoming bored with technology and turn to literature to pass the time. Home improvements are occurring within the houses of many. These are some of the many ways that people have turned to artists or have practiced artistry themselves. One way in which many music artists have adapted during this time is through virtual concerts. Artists will record themselves playing music from their homes, and either livestream or upload it to social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram. This is a convenient and engaging way for artists and audiences to stay connected, and provides a sense of normalcy and comfort to all involved.
Many have also been using art to express their gratitude for our healthcare heroes. Front doors, driveways, and sidewalks are littered with drawings or posters in rainbow colors, thanking frontline workers for all they are doing to support us. Outdoor artwork such as chalk also has many positive benefits for children as well. By creating chalk art, children are able to enjoy the outdoors and foster their creativity simultaneously. To them, it’s their small way of helping to make a difference. Children have also been enjoying the professional looking chalk art created by neighbors with hidden talents. Art and creativity make people happy, and by both observing and engaging in these activities, our society’s morale is filled with hope for the future.
While many things in the future remain uncertain, one thing remains clear - the power of artistry will always bring us together.
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