The worldwide pandemic has put a lot of culturally important facets of humanity at a large disadvantage. Theatres, cinemas, museums, and art exhibitions have been shut down for months due to the coronavirus. These locations attract large crowds and the danger of exposure to the virus is high. How can we address this situation?
Why is art important?
Art is a form of expression. Verbally and visually, it allows people to bring ideas together.
We are experiencing different challenges of the new “normal” of life in a global pandemic. We are engaging with racial injustice and protests across the globe. So what does that mean for art? During these times of crisis, we need humanity. We need ways for expression. We need the tight-knitted bond that the arts create. This is a time to value the arts.
Art helps us communicate from afar. Art generates positivity, appreciation and hope. This beautiful form of expression amplifies important voices and messages. That is exactly what has been happening since ancient times. The participation in art makes us connect to a more universal human experience; art gives us immeasurable personal and social benefits.
How culture helps during a pandemic
We rely on the arts to help us through difficult times. Surprisingly enough, art is good for our health. Making and looking at art has long-term effects like boosting our brain function. It also positively contributes to our mental and emotional health.
There are several ways we can engage with art online in a way to connect more deeply with current issues and events. Various museums around the world have moved their exhibitions online via virtual galleries and artist talks. We have the internet at our fingertips.
How we can help
We have partnered up with Saatchi Art to provide you with much necessary access to art. Saatchi Art is the largest online art gallery platform for artists in the world. It is an amazing tool to view, experience, and also purchase art. We hope this is one more way for you to experience art and culture during the pandemic. Take a look!
Questions about art and culture to discuss on Ohlelo:
- How can culture venues best address the pandemic situation?
- What more should governments do to support culture?
- What have you done to keep up your exposure to art during the pandemic?
- Who are your favorite artists?