Updated: May 31, 2020
In recent years, creative communities have proven to be particularly helpful in times of crisis when it comes to fundraising. During this crisis, many have responded quickly to requests for financial support by creating Corona-related work and organizing virtual exhibitions to raise and donate money. They have also been raising awareness and support for those most affected by the pandemic by communicating cultural differences.
In response to an urgent request for donations from the Croix-Rouge de Belgique, Hangar was put into
operation, with various DJ sets streamed from an abandoned church in the centre of Brussels. In addition, everyone who donated had the chance to win a LIVE artwork painted by Denis Meyer.
They also collaborated with the initiative Origami For Life of the artist Charles Kaisin aims to raise money for the hospital Erasme in Belgium by creating an origami art installation.
Beatport‘s 24-hour ReConnect livestream raised $185,000 for charities related to COVID-19 by „connecting DJs from their living rooms to other people‘s living rooms.”
In response to the wave of anti-Asian racism that is sweeping the US, Artists for Asian American Fe- deration has launched a new initiative to support those most affected by the pandemic. They have called on a wide range of Asian creative artists to donate work, for which bids can be placed on their website.
„From ancient times, people have used images to communicate. Words are sometimes included and can be an effective complement, but they‘re not the primary way ideas are conveyed in visual art.“
- Stephanie Przybylek, 2018
“Art can promote specific political viewpoints.”
- Classic Daisies, 2017
“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to push medical supply chains to the brink of collapse, a decentralized community of engineers, designers and craftsmen - commonly known as "makers" - has stepped in to find creative ways to fill the gaps.”
- Yahoo News, 2020
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE ESSENTIAL FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS DURING A CRISIS.
The creative industries are known for their innovative problem solving by incorporating design thinking into their work process. Which means that when design principles are applied to strategy and innovation, the success rate for innovative futures improves dramatically.
COMMUNICATION THROUGH ARTISTIC LANGUAGE. It is important to find new ways to discuss challenging issues or to challenge assumptions, to support causes, and to explore deep, personal questions through art - as creativity is accessible to the masses.