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Social isolation in older adults can contribute to negative health outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, but an arts-based program can alleviate some of the loneliness.
Even before the pandemic, access to arts programs and qualified instructors varied greatly among schools and districts.
City centres have been hit hard by lockdown measures - but can artists and entrepreneurs really breathe life into the space?
Art classes and STEM toys are nice, but there are simple and free ways parents can encourage their child’s creativity – or keep it from getting squashed.
The pandemic has battered the arts and culture sector in Indonesia. Many producers and organizers have been forced to cancel events, concerts and movie releases.
Until wonder is welcomed in all workplaces, the health of our society and our capacity to imagine new alternatives is contingent on the ability to experience and refine wonder in artistic spaces.
Research has found that the arts industries are lacking working-class representation and that the barriers to entry start early in life
Investment in the arts is also an investment in economic growth, health and well-being – but arts practitioners won’t be holding their breath at budget time.
Some hard decisions need to be made if we are to get better value-for-money performing arts funding from central and local government.
If you look at the reasons people buy art, almost none of them have to do with the physical work.
Taking part in creative activities with little ones can help bolster their communication, build their sense of self and even improve their health and wellbeing.
Opening traditional theatres and smaller venues may not be physically or financially viable. But with winter coming and the arts industry floundering, something needs to be done.
The government has announced a ‘rescue package’ for the arts sector. But it must make sure that the funds are allocated fairly.
Few of those in the K-pop industry have donated or even spoken out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dark tourism can help shine a commemorative light on the pandemic that has gripped society.
Travel somewhere new from lockdown.
New grants to aid the arts and culture sector are welcome. But as we look for distraction and meaning in isolation, a bigger correction is needed to how the government values Australian creativity.
The 22nd Biennale of Sydney is testament to the capacity of art and exhibitions to move beyond reflection to lead dialogue, especially at times of crisis and cancellations.
The government must respect the arm’s-length principle which ensures institutions like the British Museum are independent from government control.