Cynthia Cohen: Artists Can Help Us Frame Our Coronavirus Narrative

Cynthia Cohen: Artists Can Help Us Frame Our Coronavirus Narrative

 

Coronavirus

This post is part of the Constructive Conflict Initiative / COVID-19 Blog

 

Another way to frame what we (the Burgesses) are saying is that people can choose different "narratives" to explain what is going on now and what's to be done about it. 

The term "narratives" is central to the response we got from Cynthia Cohen, Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University; and member of the Leadership Circle, IMPACT- Imagining Together: Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation.

Cynthia noted that "I have been thinking lately that a crucial factor in determining the long-term impacts of the pandemic will be the nature of the narrative(s) that emerge from people's efforts to make sense of what is happening. Artists can play a major role in framing possible narratives."  IMPACT is preparing a newsletter that will list arts-based inititiaves related to the pandemic and more will be listed on their website.  We will add links here as soon as we have them.