Coming Together as a Global Community
During these unprecedented times, COVID-19 (coronavirus) has impacted countless lives and left many people around the globe homebound in an attempt to limit the threat of the virus by way of social distancing and quarantine. While it’s one of many important and necessary precautions to take, being kept at home and separated from friends and loved ones is never easy.It can sometimes help to have things to do, in order to maintain mental and emotional well-being. With that in mind, we want to provide you with a starting point for fun, simple activities you can do from the comfort of your own home.On DeviantArt We have a wide array of topics to explore for anyone who wants to view wonderful art. Do you like cats? We’ve got you covered. More of a dog person? No problem. In the mood for a delicious cake? What about thousands of them? No matter what you’re looking for, it’s a quick search away.If you’re looking to spend time creating art, why not browse tutorials to try out some new techniques or hone your craft? You can also check out @color-me-club for lineart that you can color in yourself! For writers and readers alike, explore the writing community on DeviantArt at @CRLiterature and get inspired by stories, poetry, and more!Visit @projecteducate to learn a new skill from a number of articles covering many mediums! @seniormentors is a great place to go to hone your skills with the help of a Senior Member, and if you want to measure how much you’ve improved as an artist you can also try to Draw This Again! Out of ideas? Try the Fan Art Mashup Generator for your next idea!Around the Web There’s art to be found all across the Internet, but we wanted to point you to a variety of fun options regardless of skill level or medium you use! You can browse museums to see exhibits from your computer chair, watch art documentaries on YouTube, and join Bob Ross himself for The Joy of Painting.If you’re in need of ideas on what to create, you can also try a prompt generator!Reaching Out to Others While we encourage you to do fun things to keep occupied and creative in times of crisis, we also encourage you to check in with your friends and loved ones, both on and off DeviantArt. Leave a comment on a friend’s Profile or send them a note, and call or text someone to let them know you were thinking of them. It's important for all of us to show the best humanity has to offer — by caring deeply for one another.If You Need Assistance If you are in need of medical advice, support, or treatment, we encourage you to look up your local government’s health and safety guidelines and follow those to the best of your ability.If you or someone you know is currently unable to work due to quarantine, social distancing or shelter-in-place procedures, check your local government’s unemployment assistance program to see if they offer assistance of some kind during this period. For those of you who are still on the job, especially those of you in medical, foodservice, and delivery positions, we wholeheartedly thank you for your service and dedication. The Power of Community Again, we want to stress the importance of supporting one another at times like these. Even the act of reaching out and asking how someone is doing can make all the difference, so let’s all do our part to bring community to the world around us. We wish all of you a safe and healthy week. Practice social distancing, wash your hands, and be prepared without going overboard — others need supplies, too!Your Thoughts How has your life been impacted during the last few weeks?What are some creative activities you enjoy doing while at home?Do you know an artist who could use support at this time? Tag them in the comments!