Creatives band together for support during the crisis

We share some of the best creative reactions to the current crisis, from messages of support to new funds helping those affected and projects to work on from home.

16 March 2020

Facing an indeterminate period of self-isolation and an altogether worrisome and unprecedented state of affairs, the creative community has done what it always does: band together and think of brilliant ways to weather the storm. Here, we share some of the best we’ve seen so far, from artworks sharing the important messages of the emergency in beautiful ways, to self-initiated funds helping peers through these strange and anxious times.

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Hello New York,⁣ ⁣ With gatherings of over 500 people in NYC currently banned and Mayor De Blasio declaring a state of emergency, it's clear: Serious precautions need to be taken to halt the spread of coronavirus.⁣ ⁣ We've changed our logo temporarily to acknowledge this new reality, but rest assured: Time Out New York will continue to help you discover the best of the city, whether it's Time Out or Time In.⁣ ⁣ If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that New Yorkers can handle anything that’s thrown our way. As we enter this time of uncertainty, with a growing sense that the city as a whole is being put on pause, there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll get through this together.⁣ ⁣ The city’s open-hearted, can-do spirit is what we celebrate every day here at Time Out New York, and it’s something we’ll continue to do over the next few unprecedented weeks. We know many independent, small businesses we love will be hurting during this time, so we’ll keep championing them as long as it’s responsible to do so. For those who will be spending more time than usual in their apartments, we’ll also be giving you some fun things to do at home, from guides to the most uplifting movies currently available over streaming services to the best takeout and delivery services in the city.⁣ ⁣ Most important of all, whether you’re spending your time out or time in this month, be sure to stay healthy and be safe.⁣ ⁣ Take care,⁣ ⁣ Will Gleason⁣ ⁣ Editor of Time Out New York

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BYE BYE VIRUS 🦠 #mikiogillust

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Today, @timothygoodman and I are giving away $50 to 10 people who need it, please comment below with your venmo/paypal below and we’ll send 10 of you the cash. Or post a friends Venmo who really needs it. This is a small amount, but we’ll be doing this a few times throughout this crisis to keep supporting those who need it most. In addition, we’re asking all of our followers who are in privileged positions right now (ie. have healthcare, full time jobs and/or have enough in savings for the next few months, etc) consider donating $10 to as well to someone who leave their venmo or PayPal below. Even if only 1% of our followers do this, we'd can send out 70,000$ today to those who need it most. Even small donations in big numbers can do HUGE things. Are you someone that buys $10 cocktails and 5$ coffees even occasionally, consider giving up one of those (we should avoid cocktail bars anyways rn) and send it to someone below who needs it. There are people out there who have already lost their jobs and have no savings, freelancers without healthcare and no work for many months ahead, people are getting sick and can’t afford medicine, small business owners without much cash reserve trying to pay their staff, those need to feed their kids, etc. Please don’t inquire if you don’t need the money. In times like these we all need to help out the community and those who are hurting ❤️ Also if you are in a position to help and want to do this same idea for your own following— please do! You can ask your followers to do the same, feel free to use Tims or my graphic if you want to repeat this on your own feed and spread the chain of helping those in crisis right now. Don’t have cash to send? Repost this on your stories so others who can help can do so! Or so your followers can access this help.

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Please! 🏠 Rompe la cadena.

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💚🧼🦠🧻 stay safe ☹️💚

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See the Creative Industries Federation’s practical advice for creatives affected by the Covid-19 emergency.

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Jenny Brewer

Jenny oversees our editorial output across work, news and features. She was previously It’s Nice That's news editor. Get in touch with any big creative stories, tips, pitches, news and opinions, or questions about all things editorial.

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