The arts as a form of comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic

Daniel, Ryan (2021) The arts as a form of comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic. In: Bozkurt, Veysel, Dawes, Glenn, Gulerce, Hakan, and Westenbroek, Patricia, (eds.) The Societal Impacts of Covid-19: a transnational perspective. Istanbul University Press, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 109-121.

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Society turns to the arts for comfort, escape, healing, entertainment and intellectual challenge. By attending performances, festivals and events, visiting museums and galleries, studying the arts formally or informally, or producing art either professionally or for leisure, the arts assist with building a sense of individual and community identity. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only denied global societies and audiences with opportunities to engage with the arts in live settings, but it has had a profound effect on the arts sector, with institutions closing their doors, festivals and events cancelled, and the production of art either severely restricted, in hibernation, or at worst abandoned. Millions of artists and arts workers around the world are now unemployed and given the short-term, casual and project-driven nature of much of the sector, many are unable to access government support initiatives designed for more conventional business models. While there are many current challenges for the arts as a result of the pandemic, there has been significant engagement with the arts during lockdown periods, largely through digital technologies and virtual formats. This continued engagement with the arts proposes that once COVID-19 is brought under control, the sector will rebuild and prosper again.

Item ID: 68188
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-605-07-0769-4
Keywords: Arts, artists, COVID-19, pandemic, tertiary art education
Copyright Information: This work is published online under the terms of Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2021 02:47
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3601 Art history, theory and criticism > 360102 Art history @ 20%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360503 Digital and electronic media art @ 40%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3699 Other creative arts and writing > 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130103 The creative arts @ 50%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130104 The performing arts @ 50%
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