The unprecedented and presently immeasurable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic is undeniably one of the most challenging and intense experiences that many of us will ever encounter in our lifetime. Each one of us is faced with the test of really taking life moment to moment, day to day, and doing our best to remain healthy, responsible and resilient. While preliminary surveys like the one just published by the California Arts Council reveal the massive impact of COVID-19 on the arts, we are truly heartened by all of the ways in which we see the arts community adapting, creating, and contributing despite the odds.
The arts are a refuge at a time like this, and artists of different mediums are finding ways to channel their energy not only towards creating, but also towards wellness – both mental and physical – for others and themselves. It’s a tough time for everyone, but we hope that these entries will give you all a peek into the different ways artists in our community are experiencing this Stay at Home order.
I have been either at home or on a walk by my home for three weeks now. With the exception of a check up appointment for my back, a few acupuncture sessions, and 1.5 grocery store runs. Saving lives? Im in.
Of course it is not that simple or easy. My mental health has been on a roller coaster. I have not had a single hug or seen my partner in three weeks. I have had to put a pause on a choreography project I’m passionate about. And I know there is no end date in sight. Nature does not plan ahead. I am deeply humbled.