COVID-19 ARTS RESPONSE
Artists in the United States and around the world are mobilizing quickly in response to COVID-19 to enable rapid and widespread communication of health information and to help people to connect, cope, and be well in the short and long term. The arts are one of the most powerful means for communication and coping we have at our disposal today.
- About These Resources
Created by arts and public health leaders from across the country, the resources provided on this site are designed to support arts-based responses to COVID-19. They call for and are intended to enable cross-sector collaboration between the public health, arts and culture, and community development sectors to drive high-impact responses to COVID-19 across diverse communities.
Please use the menu on the right to access resources, and to add your program information and media to the COVID-19 Arts Resource Repository.
More resources are being made available regularly, so please continue to visit this site. And, to engage in conversation with others working to mobilize the arts in COVID-19 response, please join the Creating Healthy Communities Network.
Register for upcoming webinars and replay past webinars by clicking on each of these expandable options:
- REPLAY | July 28th at 2pm ET | Arts, Artists and Action: How Creative Practitioners Push Us Forward
Artists have the ability, and sometimes responsibility, to make real, everlasting change with their work. Beyond the artistic merit of their creation, many artists are working diligently to effect change in their communities and society as a whole. Join us for this webinar as two such artists, Darius V. Daughtry and Hannah L Drake, share what inspires them in their work and how their creativity is used to impact social change.
Presenter Darius V. Daughtry fell in love with words at the age of six. It was then, that he used to write and draw his own comic books. While the pictures left a little to be desired, being able to paint pictures with words was a passion that soon began to blossom. Darius has been marrying the pen to the paper ever since. Today, Darius is an accomplished poet, playwright, director, educator, author, and community builder who believes in the transformative power of words. As the Founder and Artistic Director of Art Prevails Project, a performing arts organization dedicated to expanding cultural conversation through performance, arts education, and community engagement, Darius works diligently to use the arts as a vehicle for social change.
Presenter Hannah L Drake is a blogger, activist, public speaker, poet, and author of 11 books. She writes commentary on politics, feminism, and race. Hannah’s commentary on life and challenging others to dream bigger have been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama. Hannah Drake was featured on the Tom Joyner Morning Show with Jacque Reid to discuss her international movement, Do Not Move Off the Sidewalk, which addresses the power of holding your space. In February 2019, Hannah was selected by the Muhammad Ali Center to be a Daughter of Greatness which features prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and pursuits of justice. Hannah’s message is thought-provoking and at times challenging, but Hannah believes that it is in the uncomfortable spaces that change can take place. “My sole purpose in writing and speaking is not that I entertain you. I am trying to shake a nation.”
- REPLAY | July 21st at 2pm ET | The Power of Creativity in Public Health: Incorporating Art into Social Change Advocacy
- REPLAY | Summer Learning Loss During COVID-19: How the Arts Can Help Reduce Summer Slide
Replay coming soon!
Studies show that most students lose skills in math without practice over the summer—up to 3 months of what they learned during the school year—and lower-income students typically lose skills in reading in addition to math. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as “summer slide.”
With most schools in the U.S. closing in March 2020 due to the pandemic, we will likely have to contend with a “spring slide” this year. Researchers predict that students will suffer serious setbacks from prolonged school closure - they will likely return in the fall with roughly 70% of learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year, and less than 50% of gains in math.
Fortunately, the arts can help boost academic learning during the summer in fun and surprising ways. From birth through adulthood, arts educational experiences can have remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes.
- What is “summer slide” and why does it most negatively impact children from lower-income households?
- What does science tell us about how the arts can help impact learning?
- What arts-related activities could parents try to incorporate at home to help their children learn and grow this summer?
- What strategies can communities employ to use the arts to help address summer slide in the wake of COVID-19?
- Looking ahead, what policies and resources could help reduce the summer slide for 2021 and beyond?
Host: Susan Magsamen is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) in the Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. IAM Lab brings together brain scientists and practitioners in architecture, music, and the arts to foster collaboration and research. Magsamen and her team combine interdisciplinary, evidence-based research with practical, applicable ideas and programs.
Panelist: Chan'nel Howard is the Fine Arts Coordinator for Baltimore City Public Schools.Ms. Howard received her Master's Degree from the University of Phoenix in School Administration, Supervision and Leadership and hopes to complete her doctorate by the fall of 2021. She is a proud graduate of Baltimore City Schools, attributes her success to music educators that she has had throughout her schooling and works to ensure Baltimore City Schools students equitable access to arts instruction across the district.
Panelist: Dr. Karl Alexander is John Dewey Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University. His studies of summer learning loss helped bring attention to the problem of “summer slide” among low-income children. With the leadership of the National Summer Learning Association, he is co-editor of The Summer Slide: What We Know and Can Do About Summer Learning Loss (Teachers College Press, 2016).
Panelist: Stacie Sanders Evans is President & CEO of Young Audiences of Maryland. Each year, Young Audiences partners with hundreds of schools and community organizations in all 24 Maryland school districts to provide students—from pre-K to grade 12—with over 230,000 hours hands-on learning and engagement through the arts. Young Audiences' Summer Arts & Learning Academy is a full-day five-week program that introduces students to a wide variety of art forms and offers arts-integrated literacy and math classes co-taught by local teachers and professional teaching artists.
- REPLAY | Creativity and Health: Why & How
What does it look like to infuse creativity into care settings in a sustainable way? On an individual basis and at the system level?
Anne Basting shares examples from her work in her recent book, Creative Care. Here, she explores how the integration of creativity and care might be financially sustainable, including social prescribing movements. COVID is laying bare health inequities and social isolation. Recovery demands sustainable attention to fostering meaningful community connection, something participatory arts are uniquely poised to support.
This 45-minute session will include a presentation and Q&A.
Presenter Bio: Ann Basting, founder and President of Time Slips and author of Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care, is a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Basting's innovative work as an artist and scholar has been recognized by a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, an Ashoka Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and multiple major grants. She is author/editor of multiple books, including her latest, Creative Care (HarperOne); as well as The Penelope Project (U of Iowa), and Forget Memory (Johns Hopkins). TimeSlips fosters an alliance of artists and caregivers, bringing meaning and joy to late-life through creativity, and has over 900 certified facilitators in 48 states and 20 countries.
- REPLAY | An Un-Webinar: Live Q&A about Best Practices for Arts Programming in Uncertain Times
Hosted by Kimberlee Campbell-Smith with Panelists: Amy Bucciarelli, MS, ATR-BC, Ferol Carytsas, MM, and Ricky Kendall (musician in residence).
- REPLAY | The Practice of Partnership: Arts + Public Health
Presented by Michael Rohd, Center for Performance and Civic Practice
Recent events call for ongoing and new partnerships between public health workers, educators, and artists/culture makers. What work can we do to ensure those collaborations are equitable, productive and successful? In our time together, we will explore, share and engage around:
- Collaboration- questions you can use when starting partnerships to ground them in a shared language, values and goals; and
- Public engagement- a framework for considering, as partners, how you will listen to residents and stakeholders, and how you will, throughout your process, communicate and make decisions around accountability.
This session will include presentation, Q&A and problem-solving that will help you use the arts to skillfully support your community during this time.
Presenter Bio: Michael Rohd is a theatremaker, educator, facilitator and process designer. He is Artistic Director of 20 year-old Sojourn Theatre, Lead Artist for Civic Imagination at Center for Performance and Civic Practice, and an Institute Professor at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. His book "Theater for Community, Conflict and Dialogue" has been translated into 7 languages and is in it's16th printing.
- REPLAY | Careers in Arts in Health in the Time of COVID-19
Center director, Jill Sonke, talks with us about careers in arts in health in the time of COVID-19. We also discuss our online grad program and answer audience questions. The video is hosted by Center director, Jill Sonke and MA in Arts in Medicine alum, Camilo Reina Munoz. Click here to request more information or visit our FAQ page to learn more!
These resources are made possible through the generous support and partnership of ArtPlace America.