The challenges of the pandemic have often demanded local and place-based responses that can speak directly to the needs of particular communities.
Through Arts and Humanities research, we now know more about the way in which local cultural ecologies and infrastructures function, including how these have been impacted by the crisis. Studies have emphasised the importance of strong partnerships and networks for resilience and recovery of the cultural sector. They have shown the vital role cross-sector collaborations play in delivering services to communicate with and support the mental and physical health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, including children and young people and ethnically minoritised population groups.
Researchers have explored our experiences of mutual aid and community groups and assets, our interactions with the natural and built environment, and experiences in domestic space. There are implications for how environments are designed and how they might be mobilised now and in response to future crises.
Download policy briefs and access further information for these projects:
- Responding to and Modelling the Impact of COVID-19 for Sheffield’s Cultural Ecology: A Case Study of Impact and Recovery
- COVID-19 Care: Culture and the Arts from Restriction to Enhancement – Protecting Mental Health in the Liverpool City Region
- Combating Social Isolation through Creative and Community Engagement: COVID and beyond (Community COVID)
- Reinventing the Live Event with Live Arts Communities During COVID-19
- Outside the Box: Open Air Performance as a Pandemic Response
- Grassroots Visual Storytelling About Community Food Growing
- Nature’s Way: Co-Creating Methods for Innovating Nature-based Solutions for Public Health and Green Recovery in a Post-COVID World
- Stay Home Stories: Rethinking the domestic during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Cultural Translation and Interpreting of COVID-19 Risks among London’s Migrant Communities