Snow City Arts teaching artists and program staff have been hard at work innovating new ways to provide our students with empowering art instruction while we are distanced as a response to the spread of COVID-19. Since mid-March, 2020 we have been building a safe, HIPAA compliant infrastructure for remote modes of program delivery, creating new lessons and workshops aligned with IL state standards, and activating home video production by the teaching artists. In addition, SCA is poised to provide some publicly accessible learning modules as models of best practices for the art in health community, as well as for use by the general public, who we know are eager for resources while sheltering-in-place.
At this time, pediatric patients at our hospital partners are under severe visitor restrictions making an already challenging situation even more isolating. The affirming creative, social, and educational impact of SCA’s programming is needed more than ever right now, and the whole Snow City team is determined to ensure that arts education remains accessible.