Cleopatra Fitzgerald

4. The long-term effects of COVID-19 on students and schools will take years to understand. It is widely acknowledged that arts education provides authentic ways for students to build long-term social-emotional competencies (such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, empathy, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making). How will you provide school communities with the tools and resources needed to confront and address trauma while fostering a welcoming, supportive environment?

Students, teachers, and staff should feel comfortable either virtually or in person classes (generally part time due to COVID) -a warm hospitable environment, that can responsibility handle the concerns of various circumstances. The “Learning & Education” COVID19 tools, resources are resources we see dispersed as helpful links. It is divided into categories and how to best serve their needs. The performing arts or arts can ease stress or traumatic experiences through a novel approach in teaching students about the history of epidemics, diseases, conflicts, wars, viruses, and eventual recovery. As a form of self-expression and communal awareness, the performing arts in general can be a method for healing.

Visual arts can be a form of art therapy where students can draw, paint, sculpt, their emotions, feelings in reference to the pandemic.

Music can contain lyrics and sounds that pacify or are an outpouring of sentiments that tell the audience how to cope.

Theatre, acting can chronicle, narrate, make into plays the timeline of events of past epidemics and their resolutions.

Puppetry, kid songs, coloring books, toys, games, can help younger kids to manage their fears of the pandemic but to have caution (using gloves, masks, goggles). Those tools and resources will be posted on brochures, government websites, educational and schools, university websites for the resources to assist the community such as: Remote learning, grants, funding, relief, paid leave, unions, unemployment benefits, COVID19 safety guidelines, rent relief, business relief, webinars, online forums, meetings, performances, festivals, competitions, tutorials, games, resources for elderly, disabled, children, family, teachers, students, philanthropists, surveys, and so forth.

The giving of gifts to children or adults including: playful musical instruments, geometric art games, music boxes, art sets, dancing shoes, journals, microphones, photography, costumes, magician sets, origami books, do it yourself crafts, tutorials art at home, the arts topics, and plenty more.

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