Have you seen the recent broadcast of the special PBS production of The Arts Interrupted? If you are someone who is fulfilled by the arts or has begun a new journey in coming to understand the value of art for the well-being of yourself and society you will appreciate this video. It focuses on what the arts brings to our lives emotionally, socially, spiritually and communally. When those outlets of enjoyment are hindered, as they have been during the pandemic times, people are negatively impacted in ways other than just the economics of the arts industry.
Inventive ways in which artists continued to reach their audiences during the health crisis, outside of theatres, symphony halls, museums, and dance halls was admirable. Even despite social distancing, art lessons, writers groups, orchestral and choir music and virtual theatre found ways to carry on, thanks to technology.
Now that the pandemic is well under control, and life is resuming, it has been suggested that perhaps we have realized the balm to the soul art provides us and when we use our creative side of the brain we will feel with greater intensity. I’d like America to get as loud about the need for the Arts for the wellness of our country as our nation has been on some other hot topics..
I highly recommend watching The Arts Interrupted because it is ultimately about resiliency and finding a way to better all round health!
This PBS show is free to watch until July 8, so don’t miss out.