|Sumár projektu:||Recent psychological findings explain why coronavirus might be perceived as an opportunity for adults to get more creative whilst under living life under lockdown. An average person has about 60,000 thoughts in a day and during this self- isolation time, negative thoughts can be overpowering. It is scientifically proved that engaging in a creative activity can lead to a positive state of mind. Getting inspired in the times of adversity and uncertainty, and exploring creative outlooks is not a new concept. Dealing with the pandemic does not only mean taking care of one’s physical health, but mental health too. As we acknowledge the heightened atrocities of the world, it’s equally important to look out for the silver linings for our own sanity and our mental well-being. Mental health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It may also affect how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices during an emergency. People with pre-existing mental health conditions or substance use disorders may be particularly vulnerable in an emergency situations like the quarantine that we have all experienced in the previous months.There is a need for both mental health services, particularly for vulnerable po-pulations, and the strengthening of social capital to reduce the adverse psychological impact of the outbreak. (Shigemuraet al., 2020), the economic impact of COVID-19 and its effects on well-being, will likely cause high levels of fear and panic behaviour.
QuarantinART will equip and support women with knowledge, key competencies and tools for improving understanding of artistic environments and diversity concepts in order for people who do not have the luxury to learn how to invest in art, or with a background that is not so artistic friendly, to invest time and energy in accepting that a more creative life will ensure an increase of resourcefulness and inspiration which even allows women to work professionally in a creative field.
The consortium consists of 5 partners from 5 EU countries (SK, CY, IT, PL, LT) sharing similar challenges, covering a variety of sectoral, geographical & professional backgrounds. Especially when it comes to women with low skills and who did not have the opportunity to spend more time for themselves for a variety of reasons this project will become a milestone for their personal development and mental health through online artistic workshops. Through these virtual lessons they will learn that working out the passions is also a success element in life. An inspiring environment should give space for low-skilled women to follow their passions whether it is painting, knitting, drawing or other art forms. Setting aside time for such activities is really going to help them develop their creative talents in addition to academic brilliance. Creativity is not just for artists, writers, and painters. It’s an attitude and way of problem-solving that applies across domains, from engineering, to biology, to business. Many women dismissed their passion for art and did not follow the path they wished. A creative act can help focus the mind and it has also been compared to meditation as it helps in calming the brain. We are making an effort to increase the creativity level of women to boost their mental health and wellbeing despite the difficult times that they going through with a series of workshops and lessons especially designed to cover their needs. Whenever we think of creativity, the first thing that comes to our mind is painting, singing, dancing, and more. However, there is a lot more to the concept, than just that! 4 Transnational meetings will take place during the project's duration and 5 multiplier events will be organized to disseminate the project results.
List of the expected results (Intellectual outputs)
IO1) Creativity Boost Guide (a guide that will be demonstrating what are the barriers that adults face that doesn’t allow them to express their creativity and how to overcome them)
IO2) Play based, art filled, at home education for women course ( digital creative teaching lessons designed to improve the women's skills on painting, craft-making, ceramic, knitting, etc)
IO3) Digital Storytelling Empowerment Tools ( videos that will offer examples of personal success stories from women in the field of arts)
Some other expected results are the improvisation or development of their skills, interpersonal, intrapersonal and communication skills.
The objectives of this project include:
• Maintain mental health and wellbeing of the participants
• Increase the creativity levels of these women
• Enhance Self-awareness and Expression
• Help them show off their talents to the world
The QuarantinART project is expected to have an overall impact on low qualified women living get involved with arts through initiating and establishing their own ideas.|