Entertainer, interpreter or activist – what role for arts in the pandemic?

Art is distracting us and keeping us entertained during the pandemic. This effect is much discussed and so is the increased digital offer of arts organisations to enable it. But is there a role beyond that for the arts? “Perhaps the most interesting feature of this digital transformation”, suggests this article, “is the growing role of institutions as documenters, commentators and interpreters of current events.”

Or should the role of arts organisations go further than that – should they be more activist in supporting the community? Alan Brown challenges organisations in the US not to be bystanders in the public health challenge with a passionate call to action for arts in the Covid-19 crisis.

Some organisations are already offering very practical support like English National Opera with its Breathe programme for people recovering from Covid-19.

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Author: sabine.doolin

Strategy consultant working with the cultural sector

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