If you are an artist like me, then you likely have a sanctuary, a place where you can disappear from the world and explore your creativity. A place where you can experiment, be silly, use your hands, work through important issues and take a break from the routine world. Due to Coronavirus, I have been cut off from my studio- my sanctuary. With the shelter in place ordinance I continue to try to work (at home), create (at home), relax (at home), and care for my family--in case you didn't know, I have 3 kids under 6. Just imagine trying to formulate a concept in three minute intervals with a stream of interruptions from cute little crying, laughing, screaming and curious dwarfs. (Or maybe it’s more like trying to work while caring for three drunk friends at the same time.) Though chaotic, I am working on incorporating my life and practice to a better end.
This situation is the same now for almost all artists, craftspeople, performers and musicians. Not only have we lost our sanctuaries, but some of us have lost the means to support those places of peace, imagination, creation and rest. As an arts business owner, I also have the added stress of maintaining an organization that supports artists. I take that responsibility very seriously. Because of this Yori and I put together a GoFundMe Campaign- providing our community with an opportunity to make a real difference in these artist’s lives.
I know if you are reading this you care about the arts, about artists and about the lasting culture and community connection they provide. So if you are able, please consider donating to help support an artist through these difficult times, as they struggle to not only make ends meet, but to nourish their soul as well as yours.