Creativity Knows No Quarantine
Articulate is under no illusions about the potentially devastating impact that the combination of economic hardship and the Coronavirus will have on the poorest children, young people and families in our society.
The COVID-19 outbreak has particularly highlighted the urgency around this for those with care experience. These young people are often more socially isolated because of difficult family relationships and are often on limited incomes. Many are currently disconnected from other opportunities for creative expression because of the closure of schools, colleges and universities. A significant issue for this group of severely marginalised and isolated young people is poverty and digital exclusion.
In order to stay in touch with Articulate’s most vulnerable young people, to keep their minds active, their hands busy, their mental wellbeing balanced and their social isolation low we have been moving our projects online, to digital or virtual solutions that are free or as cheap as possible within our subsidies:
a) live streamed workshops across the arts and craft forms
b) daily posts on our social media to keep our minds and bodies active and positive, especially highlighting all the virtual and digital sources of creative stimulus appearing free all around the world (see our social media platforms and hashtags: #creativityknowsnoquarantine and #fundamentalnotornamental), and,
c) designing and delivering kits, materials, projects and resources (like the zine below) as required by young people and groups.
Our teaching artists are developing inclusive and imaginative tools and techniques that will keep us all occupied, learning and positive; creating daily, weekly, monthly challenges and fun tasks to keep us all culturally connected.