Resources to be Artfully Engaged During Covid-19

As the pandemic continues, many of us find ourselves mapping out and navigating ourselves into a new way forward.  We hear from medical and mental professionals about the mix of emotions and their effects this historic disruption has had on what we all knew as our stable way of doing things. Here are some resources to be artfully engaged during Covid-19. This is just a list of some available resources found and compiled here. Decide for yourself if they would helpful for you.

Resiliency

The good news is that we can certainly all understand how we all could possibly feel, which may be a little topsy-turvy.  Still, one thing I have noticed are a couple things.  One is our resiliency overall.  We tend to go through several processes individually yet in the end we create slogans like “rise up” or “stand strong”.   See links below for museums that have opened up online resources to view their collections.

Support

I like to believe that means we all truly support each other and want the best for each other and ourselves in the pursuit of personal and societal happiness.  I hope you are being well and know that we are all finding our way out of uncertainty by creating new things and inventing new ideas about work and life. The National Endowment for the Arts, (NEA) has an extensive list that might be useful for artists.

Sharing

Another aspect is our tendency to open-up and share.  Here are a few art related ways I found recently to stay in touch and stay involved.

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Being Well Family Art Resources During Covid-19

Painters Palette at the Ready

During this time of isolation and being told to stay at home is seemingly an artist’s dream. Finally, I thought, a window of opportunity to keep creative without burdensome interruptions!  Yet, my easel sits in our living room and I have yet to paint a thing!

Here at home, we are adjusting for new regimens.  Each of us are having fun figuring out how to make two work lives happen at one kitchen table!  We bumped into each other at first, but after a while, we adapted our routines.

We have eased ourselves with cooking and playing music.  We reached way back
and found those old cookbooks we rarely use and started on some adventures in the kitchen.  I have picked up a guitar I haven’t played in a while and got re-acquainted with that old friend.

Positive Family Resource

15 Art Therapy Activities, Exercises & Ideas for Children and Adults This is from a website called Positive Psychology . You can visit their list here: https://positivepsychology.com/art-therapy/

Quarantine Family Toolkit by Kristin Ramsey, ATR-BC, LPC, which offers suggestions and resources on how to talk with children about COVID-19, a sample daily schedule for working/learning at home, online apps, podcasts and other resources for daily activities, mindfulness activities and short guided muscle relaxation script, as well as many art activities instructions and examples.

Art Therapy Resource

The American Art Therapy Association is a great resource that may be useful. They have extensive materials, articles and suggestions regarding art and Covid-19. 

American Art Therapy Association Resources for the Public 

These are excerpts found on the American Art Therapy Association’s arttherapy.org website Covid-19 resources page.

Crisis Text Line if you need help, please text SHARE to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor

The Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to be connected to free and confidential support and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

 Resources for addressing COVID-19 — The National Council for Behavioral Health offers resources to help manage coronavirus-related anxiety and to communicate with your kids about this crisis among other topics. Behavioral health care workers will also find resources including telehealth best-practices and implications for certain vulnerable client groups.

Affirmations for Coping during Coronavirus TimesAATA Blog, March 30, 2020

#Coronart is a Facebook group for people to share personal renditions of the coronavirus. “Paint it, draw it, build it, carve it, knit it, grow it, sing it, play it. Anything you can imagine it. Let’s make this thing ours and share our vision!”

Keeping Art and Hope Alive

Maintain that spark of hope and inspiration now and always.  The creative self tends to manifest joy, humor and levity. Creativity is beneficial and a little soul searching can often illuminate a better or brighter way forward. 
 

Similarities Unify Us More than our Differences

My Brushes on a Table

As I write this, many of us are having concerns about our health due to the Corona Virus pandemic.  In connection with that are concerns about our leadership, election campaigns, and the economy.  I recently attended a panel discussion about civility in partisan times.  One of the major points was that throughout human history there has been conflict and worry, however our similarities often unify us more than our differences.

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