As a species, we human beings have dealt with our stresses, anxieties, fears, and griefs with arts. The drawings on cave walls dating back to the first signs of human existence on the planet earth show that the arts' healing power is part of our DNA.
Tragedies plagued 2020 after disasters and death. Millions died, and millions lost loved ones. Several million jobs vanished. The whole world went into a lockdown and spent months in uncertainty.
We are still not out of the woods. We have no idea what the post-pandemic world would look like. Who will survive, who will even manage to hold on to his/her job and what are our challenges. The struggle to cope with the most unprecedented crisis for our generation continues to linger on.
In these challenging times, we need to build our community and communal bonds. We need to break our isolation. We need to heal and deal with our ongoing complexities. And remain hopeful, energized, and inspired.
The Art project attempts to reach out to what can bring us together, strengthen our communal bonds, and help us deal with the everyday hardship that has fallen upon us. Art heals us!
It has kickstarted with a focus on women since data shows that the burden of community psychological and physical health disproportionately falls on women. Global data also shows that women typically are overrepresented among those with less access to economic resources and, as a result, have suffered disproportionately. . Not to mention the fact that quarantine has led to a rise in domestic violence.
For these reasons, and to help commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, we have decided to launch this effort. Join us in this effort for community resilience building and support Art Project 1400.