Local Feature: Episode 520
See how area artists have responded to COVID-19.
- Welcome to ARTEFFECTS.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected many different businesses,
communities and individuals.
Our local artists were hit hard during this time.
With many galleries, shows and events being canceled
or closed, many of their incomes disappeared.
But their desire to create remains strong.
Let's learn how artists continue to create art,
not only for themselves,
but for their community as well.
- I am a professional artist,
and I'm quarantining at home
and my home is full of paintings
because the art shows I had scheduled were cancelled.
- There's something so valuable about having the live space,
the face-to-face interaction, the kinesthetic empathy.
That's really important
and I really miss all of these places in Reno
like Acro Enso and the Loft
and Flux Movement Lab where we can dance together
and create together.
And I think people really need that and miss that.
- It's in the silence and it's within that time
to meditate that you actually become more creative.
So I've had a lot more ideas over the past two months,
I've written a lot more
and my passion to actually create something
has definitely grown over the short amount of time
that we've been forced to be alone.
- Art is really a historic trail of the stories
that are gonna be told about this time.
I mean, art comes out of situations like this,
and tragedies and hard times,
and I believe that the arts will tell a story
of what is happening right now for people in the future.
- I have seen lots of artists respond to this
in different ways.
I have seen artists hold raffles or sell art,
to fundraise for relief funds
and give back to those in need in the community.
I think through sharing their art,
artists are helping connect and uplift.
For example, the Drakulich Foundation For Freedom
Of Expression has turned from making paper
out of old military uniforms
and they've hired veterans to make masks,
some from those recycled military uniforms.
- We have produced over 1700 masks so far
and are excited to say that many of those
have been donated to underserved communities.
We also make orders for businesses
to help them get back to work.
It's really special to take the military uniforms
and use them to protect citizens.
And this is what they look like.
And they're very handsome and well made.
As you can see, they're easy,
they're comfortable, they're light.
You can try them as tight as you want
or hang them like so of airring.
And then they just slip right down over your ears
and you can go about your business till you need it again.
And it is wonderful for veterans
and myself to remain engaged
and productive during this difficult time
of social distancing.
It helps us to keep our art resources alive
and well so they're ready when we can get back
to making art as a community again.
- Covidance-19 is a way for dancers to create something
in their own home with a roommate, a pet,
you don't even have to be a dancer,
just movement and then create something,
send it in via a smartphone
and release one dance every 19 days.
And of course the quarantine's lasted longer
than even 14 days,
but it was just really awesome
to see what people came up with.
People were dancing with inanimate objects,
tweety bird had a moment, there were contact improv parties,
there was dancing with themselves or walls or floors.
And in light, it was just really lovely to see
what people came up with and how they tied,
oftentimes what they were dancing with or to,
with what they were going through
and how they were dealing with the quarantine
and everything that's going on right now,
which is highly volatile
and extremely changing, and inconsistent.
And there's a lot of gray area.
None of us really know what's going on.
- During this time, quarantine has just really been,
I guess, more creative, I think, working on new projects.
Me and my family,
we had the opportunity to go up the role
of Milton elementary school
and paint a mural for all the kids in school.
A lot of the kids probably haven't seen it yet,
but hopefully it's something
that really brightens their day
and gives them a smile
when we're finally able to go back to school.
- Okay, so since some of my art shows were canceled,
I've decided to sell my artwork online,
in an auction format.
And all of that money is going to local charities.
Something else that I've done,
since we've been quarantined,
is make a coloring book about the quarantine
using animal puns and color-your-own postcard set.
And these whales say,
well, it looks like we'll be together for a while,
that was one of the puns.
- I think something that I've really learned
during this period of time, is how capable I am.
Film is something that takes an army to create.
And I think that when you're forced to create
something on your own, or you want to create something
and you only have your roommate there,
you become more creative in how you're gonna go
about making that happen.
So I think that it's definitely been encouraging for myself.
To be like, oh look, you actually know
how to do all these elements
and you can do 'em pretty well.
And that shouldn't restrict you in the future
to create something if you've only got one or two people.
- Art is a connector,
whether it connects people to each other,
or makes us feel less alone when we see something,
or read something or listen to something
that speaks to us.
It's an expression of the human experience,
an interpretation of the world around us.
We need that connection now.
Public art has always served this purpose,
and it's still accessible during this time.
Unlike galleries and museums, which are closed,
there's still access to our public spaces.
So the public art collection is available
to anyone at any time.
It serves to create a sense of place and community,
to connect, inspire and transform.
- This quarantine period, and this period of isolation,
has definitely shown people the importance of art.
Because we are now forced to get down to the core
of who we are because we're alone with ourselves.
- It brings out the creative side.
When you're stuck in home,
there's something you can do.
You can always pull out pencils and pens and markers
and paint and create some.
And so it just gives you an outlet
to always be able to create.
- But you need art in every form.
People express themselves through dance,
through drawing and making pictures
and telling stories and art is the one thing
that is gonna bring us all together.
- We are resilient and creative, all of us.
And it's been super inspiring
and wonderful to see how people are figuring out
new ways to connect, often through art.
The arts will be a large part of rebuilding
and finding our new normal as we move forward.
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