Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in this age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we offer this new series: “In Our Own Words.” In each post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as they navigate a new normal.
Typically with things like this, it’s something you hear about or read about in fiction. But this has completely paralyzed the entire world. It’s really odd and different on so many levels. I started hearing about it a month ago, but I don’t think I fully comprehended the gravity of the situation. Two weeks ago, it became very real. We were scrambling to move all our classes online overnight. It felt surreal when it started happening. The positive part of this is it tests your mettle as a community of people. I feel really good about how our community at Kennesaw State has come together and worked together to ensure our students are impacted as little as possible.
I was on a call today with arts leaders and we were talking about how we can help artists and indie artists. Everybody is in the stage of regrouping right now or asking, what are we going to do? It’s a bad time and is it going to become a worse time? There is a lot of uncertainty and people trying to think of worst-case scenarios and what we may face if it lasts. The arts community would be absolutely devastated if this goes on for months.
There’s a strong sense of community and I do believe we will come back from this stronger. The questions are: what can we learn from this, and what can we do while we’re dealing with it? We all have to think beyond ourselves at times like these. The arts leaders have to think beyond their own immediate needs and look at supporting the entire community. How do we support organizations and individual artists? How do we help them get through this time? It’s a difficult time, but it will pass. We will emerge more interconnected and resilient than ever before.
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