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How the Pandemic Has Created an Inspiring Artistic Renaissance

The coronavirus pandemic that has been sweeping the planet for the past nine months has created many changes. From how children are educated, how we work, and how commerce is conducted, COVID-19 has altered the way that the world works. Among the most inspiring changes is an unanticipated renaissance of artistic talent.

It’s not just established artisans and craftspeople that are currently finding inspiration; since the start of the pandemic, people have been forced to slow down. Hectic schedules have been replaced with working from home and strict quarantines creating a lot of free time. Amateur writers have been busily journaling to spark creativity, painters have been picking up their brushes, and innovative ideas are flowing out of potential entrepreneurs like never before.

Throughout history, some of the most beautifully creative eras have been during times of crisis. During the plague in the 1500s, it is said that Shakespeare did some of his finest work. Hard times - whether it be a war, famine or a pandemic - tend to spark a resurgence of creative energy, and COVID-19 is no different.


In the fast-paced lifestyle to which most of the world has become accustomed, being forced to slow down and stay home can quickly create a sense of restlessness and boredom. There are only so many quality programs to watch on television before the mind and soul start to ache for something more fulfilling. The exercise to find activities to fill the empty hours is inspiring creative juices in many people. From finishing the manuscript on a long-neglected novel to working in a woodshop on a new furniture design, people are searching for creative outlets to help them cope with the boredom of quarantine.

Creative Time

One of the most profound walls standing in front of many creative minds is the lack of time. For the past several decades, people have become increasingly enslaved by the clock. Philosophy of modern times that idle time is unproductive and wasted. In fact, having time to reconnect with one’s inner self and rediscovering hidden talents takes the time for quiet reflection that the pandemic has allowed.

Artisans that have hung up their aprons and brushes often blame their lack of working creativity on a lack of time. When we give up our passions, the things that feed our souls end up simply existing instead of living our years.

Stress Relief

The pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented rise in stress levels. The fear of infection, the unexpected changes to daily lifestyles, and financial hardships are primarily responsible for heightened stress during this crisis. Creative expression can be a powerful way to relieve stress, elevate mood, and promote a change in negative attitudes. Mindful creation has a unique way of releasing tension and recentering the mind.

Recognized artists have embarked on a new level of inspiration in their current work integrating the changes to the world brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. However, it’s not just established artists that are discovering new outlets and creating art as a reflection of the times. People around the world are finding new talents, taking up old hobbies, and letting their stress and anxieties about the changing world be their inspiration to share with the world.

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