Like so many people during this current crisis, Artists have been hit quite hard by the current social distancing requirements. Art is made to be shared, and so artists are currently trying to find new ways to share their work, continue to thrive and connect with new audiences.

We have some suggestions for art lovers who want to support artists but are not sure how to do so.

  1. Follow on social or sign up for their newsletters – For many artists, this is the easiest way for them to share what they are working on with you and promote upcoming artistic endeavours. Giving them a follow is not only encouraging but also gives you first eyes on some great work.
  2. If it is within your means, purchase some artwork or a gift card – Whether it be a record, a decorative item for your home, tickets for an online show or a book, artists need different forms of support since they cannot perform or share their work at markets or events.
  3. Attend an online craft fair or event – Artists are still creating and performing. The best way to discover someone new is to check out an online event. Someone or something could catch your eye.
    Got Craft is a local organization that promotes Artisans in the community. Check them out to see what upcoming virtual fairs they have coming.
  4. Watch livestreams or sign up for online classes – Artists are finding new ways to interact with their audiences which include teaching their artform or performing online. Some might be new to online, so please be patient.
    We have some online classes you can participate in: Check out our Summer Fun! online art camp which has activities for children ages 5-14 and our Abstract Art with Marlene Lowden class for all ages.
  5. Explore virtual (online) exhibitions via art galleries and local community centre websites.
    For some local exhibitions you can view right now, visit Virtual Museum to exhibitions online.

Take the time to try something new! We understand how challenging the current state of the world is, but we hope that you will find ways to support your community and its artists if you can. #supportlocalartists

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