Support for artists is key to returning to vibrant cultural life post-coronavirus

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The National Arts Centre in Ottawa displays the message “Everything will be okay” and a rainbow, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020.

Colleen Renihan, Ben Schnitzer and Julia Brook write for The Conversation on how artists are crucial to the futures we’re imagining beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

As musicologist Julian Johnson writes in his book Who Needs Classical Music? music facilitates “a relation to an order of things larger than ourselves.” Through music, the self, he writes, “comes to understand itself more fully as a larger, trans-subjective identity.

Read the full feature in The Conversation