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No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists

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No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists


A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists

Dear artists, musicians, writers, poets, culture bearers, DJs, makers, storytellers and all who create art…

We are in an unprecedented moment of tectonic culture shift – a moment of extreme hardship but also of infinite possibility. The role of the artist has never been more important. Artists are the beacons who help us see the light in times of devastation. Artists expose hard truths, inspire new ideas and make the future we want feel possible, tangible, and inevitable. Artists activate the imagination, they soothe, comfort, and move to action.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction The importance of art and culture in times of crisis.
  • The Narratives We Need Key narratives needed in this time of pandemic to move society toward a more just future. We invite and encourage artists to spread these narratives.
  • Policies for Survival & System Change Movement policy demands that would save lives and transform institutions. If you want to create content to support these demands, we welcome you to integrate the Narratives We Need into your approach.
  • Putting this Guide Into Action A collection of toolkits for designing creative actions, free art and content you can use, and case studies to help inspire project ideas.
  • Resources for Artists Links to a variety of resources for artists, from financial assistance to healthcare access to mutual aid support.
  • Share with us! Connect with us on social media and share your work.



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