How do creative people adapt and refocus in challenging times, and what lessons can we learn from them?
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic we launched this project, funded by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Creativity is a fundamentally timeless human activity, but certain historical moments do bring a genuinely unprecedented impact on many dimensions of human behaviour, including everyday creativity and how creative people go about their work.
We are exploring how creators were affected by the pandemic, how they adapted when their work dynamics were disrupted by the new norms and regulations, and how they navigated their creative self-identity in a moment of unprecedented strain. We also consider how can we be better prepared for similar future crises.
The project has a website of its own with many features, interviews and resources.