What we’ve lost: creativity and Covid-19

Fellowship Event / Online

 -  | Eastern Standard Time

9 - 10AM PDT / 12 - 1pm EDT

  • Creative economy
  • Mental health
  • Communities

Join RSA US for a vulnerable discussion that will explore the connections between loss, grief and creativity.

Loss is a universal human experience that will affect all of us at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, Covid-19 taught many of us this hard truth. Doubly so for those working in the creative industries who experienced personal, financial and creative losses during the pandemic. So, what do we do when we are unable to channel our loss, trauma or grief into creative work? When creative outlets are no longer available to us or we experience a creative block? 

Join this session to hear stories from frontline creatives and share your own experiences of creativity during the pandemic. 

For this October salon we are partnering with The Loss Project and The Fandangoe Skip to bring you a conversation on the often unspoken topic of creative loss. We’re delighted to welcome Michael O’Bryan (Humanature), Aisha Fukushima (RAPtivism) and Carly Attride (The Lost Project) into this important conversation. 

About The Fandangoe Skip on Tour

Following 2021’s successful UK tour of The Fandangoe Whip, Annie Nicholson, AKA The Fandangoe Kid has partnered with Skip Gallery and CAUKIN Studio to present The Fandangoe SKIP, an ice cream kiosk made from a repurposed skip in London and New York. The original project toured the UK offering ice cream and mental health support to diverse communities as we began to emerge from the global pandemic and all its challenges. Founded by artist Annie Nicholson, following her own experiences of grief, this project seeks to smash taboos around grief and mental health and offer an alternative space to open up the conversation, alongside a therapeutic program curated by The Loss Project.

Brookfield Properties are commissioning the Fandangoe Skip on Tour and the New York installation will be created from a repurposed dumpster with a new program facilitated by a variety of practitioners and facilitators. 

The Fandangoe Skip on Tour will be at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281 from 6-10th October, 12-7pm.

This event is taking place on Thursday, October 6 between:

  • 9 - 10am PDT
  • 12 – 1pm EDT
  • 5 – 6pm BST

To access the log-in details to join this free event, please register in advance. Zoom information will be shared 48 hours, 2 hours, and 10 minutes prior to the event start time.

RSA US Virtual Salons usually occur on the fourth Thursday of each month; they aim to create open dialogue and a space for RSA US Fellows to connect across geography over the issues of our times. Join a Salon to get to know other RSA US Fellows and our interests, passions, and perspectives. Salons are supported through the moderation of a volunteer to ensure that a diversity of voices are heard. We invite all Fellows to join this discussion to deepen the ways we can connect with each other across the country!

Photo attribution: The original image can be accessed via Unsplash and is the work of K. Mitch Hodge.

Photo of Aisha Fukushima is by Jen Lovely.