Keeping in touch

Creatives are doing what they do best and that’s…..well, getting creative!


From local initiatives here on the Coromandel, to projects that transverse the globe, artists everywhere are taking their talents online in a bid to stay connected with each other and providing opportunities for everyone to enjoy - regardless of whether or not they have been engaged with the arts before.


“It’s pretty inspiring to see actually,” says Creative Coromandel - He Mana Toi Moehau Trust chair, Jan Wright. “As much as this time has been challenging, we are seeing creatives really stretching themselves in terms of engaging with the wider community. The response has been a whole new wave of people taking an interest in the arts, from starting an online class, to watching live music performances, to dancing in their living rooms! Not only are the arts finding ways to survive, they are flourishing and playing a really vital role in helping people through these difficult days.”


The team at Creative Coromandel has been busy locating and collecting an awesome range of fun online opportunities that the community can access over the coming weeks. The events page on the Trust’s website now features quite a different sort of line-up than usual - one that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own living room. A Social Distancing Festival showcasing artists' work room all around the world, GuruShots, dubbed the world’s greatest photography game, Audible’s collection of hundreds of audio books and even free ballet classes with the The Dutch National Ballet at Online Ballet Barre are among the diverse range on offer.


“It’s been amazing discovering all these awesome things that are happening and there are more and more being created all the time. I would advise people to definitely keep an eye on our website because we are adding new events almost every day,” says Jan.

Recognising that the loss of social contact may also be impacting on local groups and individuals, Creative Coromandel has compiled a list of resources to help people meet, talk and interact while they are prevented from sharing the same space. 


“For many of our local artists, the social aspect of being part of a group, whether that is formally or informally, is just as important as the art itself, so we are really encouraging everyone to try and remain connected in some way. For some, that might mean trying a new form of technology that they are not familiar with, so we’re also adding guides to our website to assist with that,” says Jan. 


“We are urging people to keep in touch with us, tell us what you are doing, if you have an online event let us know so we can help you promote it through our website. Our Facebook page is also a great place to get the latest information about what’s happening in the arts world, locally and further afield,” says Jan. “We know use of IT is pretty overwhelming for many people and we want to actively help you navigate your way through the likes of YouTube, Facebook and webinars so you can stay in touch. We invite you to email us with any specific IT knowledge gaps you have and we’ll do our best to help you”.


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