Creativity, Culture and Connection: Responses from the arts and culture organisations in the COVID-19 crisis

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Agace M, Hayes C., Macfarland C

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Common Vision

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The COVID-19 crisis has had profound and lasting impacts across all sectors and segments of society. This report builds a snapshot of how arts and cultural organisations have addressed the immediate challenges so far, the lessons that can be learned moving into the recovery, and the longer-term strategic opportunities to strengthen cultural democracy and renew and reshape the role of arts and culture within our communities’ broader social infrastructure in the future.

Chapter one sets out the rationale for the project and the methods used in further detail. Chapter two looks at how individual arts and culture organisations have responded so far to the crisis and its economic and social implications on the localities and communities in which they are based. Although it is clear the sector faces acute pressures, there are inspiring examples of the agile and responsive ways that arts organisations have demonstrated their role as wider place-shapers and connecting hubs, able to draw on hard and soft assets to respond to social need and support people during the crisis.

Through this research they found that organisations have deployed their assets in three key ways: firstly by sustaining and adapting their existing public engagement to support community creativity through remote, digital, and distanced provision; secondly by developing bespoke responses to community need, like setting up food delivery systems; and thirdly by leveraging and strengthening their relationships both in the local cultural ecosystem and with wider civil society.

Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Survey

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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Macfarland, C., Agace, M. and Hayes, C. (2020). Creativity, Culture and Connection: Responses from the arts and culture organisations in the COVID-19 crisis. UK: Common Vision.