The Art of Inspiration: 2021 Edition
If 2020 has left you feeling gloomy and uninspired, you’re not alone. Between social distancing, missed events, and an endless news cycle of disheartening statistics, communities across the country are feeling the stress.
Yet hope springs eternal, and the new year offers all of us a chance to hit the reset button on our mental health. Speaking of which, did you know that research from the University of Western Australia suggests exposure to the arts for just two hours every week can improve mental health and overall well-being? That includes both hands-on work or studio practice and passive activities like viewing or discussing art in all its beautiful forms.
Whether it’s music, dance, theater or a plethora of other mediums of creative expression, residents have a world of inspiration right at their fingertips. Family members of all ages will find programming options that energize and excite them while expanding their minds to new ideas and creative forms.
Everyone’s safety is of paramount importance, which is why residents can still reap all the benefits and inspiration online programming has to offer from the safety and comfort of their own home. Events are completely virtual and optimized to take advantage of everything digital channels have to offer. While we all look forward to the day when we can gather again for in-person experiences, past attendees of virtual events agree the experience is still worthwhile and full of meaningful engagement.
Experienced art enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike have an incredible opportunity beginning in February to attend The City of Fairfax Theatre Company’s Spellbound – The Magic and Mindreading of Lars Klores. Catch a sneak peek of the magic here! Order tickets now to make sure your mystery packet arrives at your home before the show.
Beyond events, there are a tremendous amount of resources for residents and professional artists alike. Professional artists and arts organizations of any discipline residing in Fairfax County are also eligible to apply for grants. Interested in artist residency programs in this COVID environment? Hear from a variety of experts on how to overcome technical challenges while monetizing arts education programs online. Visit our resources page today to learn more.
We all hope things return to normal in 2021, but the effects of the global pandemic may linger for some time. Don’t get discouraged. Instead, take control of your mental health and discover new inspiration through the arts. Remember – an entire world of wonder and creativity is just a few mouse clicks away.