I will be leaving all the March ones here as "archived" and will add links to updated April versions.
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ARCHIVED POST -- information here up to date as of 3.31.2020
This crisis added new categories of Essential Emergency Personnel:
grocery cashiers and clerks, delivery drivers, office and public space cleaners, shop clerks and stockers, warehouse fulfillment center crews, the cooks and chefs making take-out orders.
Media jobs -- even local reporters have become war correspondents
We are getting news from on-air anchors and personalities -- but not seeing the tech and producing staff behind the scenes. They aren't in the glamour roles, but they are the boots on the ground covering stories at the local hospitals and crisis centers. A family friend who used to work in local news broadcasting reminded me, there are grinding hours on top of the health risk to bring live reports for local viewers. Journalists expected to cover the news as their job, but this high-risk scenario for local coverage is unprecedented.
Repair persons --- now facing "hazmat" conditions
Would you want to be a plumber -- going into the kitchens and bathrooms of strangers right now --- to do your job???
Home and businesses still will need repairs during this crisis.
These front line draftees are the "New Essentials."
"First responder" was never part of their job description, but they showed up when the crisis hit the fan.
(regret I have no credit info for graphic below)
Art is gratitude (art from Wildd Hearts.com)
We are benefiting from all these New Essentials who are sacrificing for us.
#Pay UP https://payup.wtf/
Working Washington http://www.workingwa.org/
And now.. these messages from your doctors..
And a shout-out to all the teachers... always being asked to improvise and supplement on their own time and their own dime..
Let's also recognize the new essential support workforce includes artists and the preforming arts.
All the online concerts and dance sessions. All the cartoons and images. All the educational info graphics. All artWORK.
Art is life. All the online art images... the music...dance.. and other art posts shared and streaming at this time confirms this fact:
We value art and artists.
We turn to art when we need to be nurtured.
Online content is never "free."
The images we get to "like" and share are put there by artists and content creators. Online content is the hard work of someone putting in the time, talent, experience and expense (have you priced art supplies lately??) to keep us engaged and entertained.
We are consuming hours of films and TV online. Many of the "below the line" industry workers are free-lance and there are no production jobs right now.
Now it's time to Support and not just "like."
Most indie artists are reeling from loss of income due to postponed or cancelled art fairs and conventions. Many have day jobs in retail/office support/food service industries that are also impacted by shut downs. Artists, like other free lancers, don't have job benefits. Art and graphic supplies they need are not "essential" shipments like food and medicine and may be hard to get or replace. Still, they are posting art and finding ways to use their skills to help in this crisis.
TV Doctors donate medical supplies
Artist makes PSA signs more effective
Artist Lili Chin of Doggie Drawings ( https://www.doggiedrawings.net/ ) made signs to help a SoCal grocery store communicate new rules to their customers. She heard from a friend that worked at the store that there was this need -- and she used her awesome art and info graphic skills. Her art is helping other unexpected front line workers -- the staff at the grocery store -- and their customers. Here are two examples of the signs Lili made.
artist Amo Kannika Rachjareon https://www.facebook.com/amo.animony
With financial support.
Buy at their online stores.
Contribute on their pay platforms.
If everyone who "likes" the art they are sharing, and makes a modest contribution of support, it will make a big difference.
Many artists are on funding platforms like Patreon or Ko-fi.Others use services like PayPal, Venmo etc.Pay for a commission. Buy a gift certificate. Make a contribution. Start a Go Fund Me page.
Art is life.
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