The Resilience Room – Emotional Wellness Support for Creative Industry – Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition

September 24, 1:00 p.m.-2: 00 p.m.
Topic: Inner Critic – Self-Criticism vs. Self-Awareness
Click here for a short introductory video
Registration / zoom link HERE


September 10, 2021 Topic: Dealing with Burnout / Stress Care
“Let’s be honest, dealing with burnout in this environment is an absolute must for our wellbeing. What is burnout? Burnout is a psychological syndrome that occurs as a persistent response to chronic interpersonal stressors. In our last resilience room, we talked about types of stress and how we experience them and how we can manage and care for our stress. From the start of a stressful experience, things can move pretty quickly if you don’t reach for help and respond to the signs and signals of stress and burnout. This powerpoint gives you some ideas to consider for coping with stress that fill your cup, deal with exhaustion, decrease feelings of cynicism, irritability and distance, and increase levels of effectiveness, achievement and joy. “

Presentation materials HERE
Meeting recording:
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The global pandemic has had a profound impact on our communities and employees, including the arts and culture industries, which have suffered badly since the beginning of Covid-19. They have seen significant job losses, venues have closed, and public halls remain empty of people, music and live performances. In addition to the stress caused by the pandemic, there has been racial injustice, political unrest, required social distancing, and the inability for communities, families and friends to come together. The results are that people are struggling personally and professionally. Overall, people’s mental health is declining, leading to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even suicide, and this is dangerous.

It is the moral responsibility of the cultural coalition to help and support our creative community in this time of great need. There is no art sector without artists, the organizations that share their work, and the people who work there. They are suffering right now and that is why we offer The Resilience Room to give our partners, their staff and volunteers the knowledge, tools and support from colleagues to remain resilient in the face of these difficult circumstances and in the future.

Program Description: The Resilience Room will provide emotional wellness support to those we support in the arts and culture industries in Eastern CT, including employers and employees, individual artists, and new contacts from the Northeastern region. Through peer-to-peer meetings, resources, and guided discussions, the program focuses on creating and developing personal emotional fitness and a supportive community. This enables people to deal with the struggles they are facing right now while building resilience habits so they can cope with the pressures of the future.

Emotional Fitness: The ability to process emotions in a healthy way before they manifest negatively.

The goals of the resilience room:

  • Combat the effects of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, and depression
  • Removing the stigma of mental health problems by normalizing self-care and mental well-being in the workplace
  • Gather and provide space for facilitated, therapeutic peer-to-peer support through relationship building (on-site and planned)
  • Providing opportunities for learning, education and sharing so that people have the resources they need to care for their mental health, receive adequate self-care and community care
  • Provide tools (emails, videos, links) for on-demand consumption so that people can access them regardless of their schedule and location
  • Learn techniques for peer-to-peer support, including QPR (question. Persuade. Refer.) And preventing as many suicides as possible
  • Help people face current stress while learning habits to be resilient and deal with future stresses

Join facilitator LaQuana Sheppard, LMSW for The Resilience Room. Free with Zoom. Registration required.

Impact on the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector: Nationally, the financial losses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations have been estimated at $ 15.03 billion. 99% of the producing and presenting organizations have canceled events. The total economic impact of lost organizational and audience spending is $ 5.2 billion in lost government revenue and 888,000 unsupported jobs.

  • 35% staff made redundant or on leave
  • 10% are “not confident” that they will survive the pandemic (a potential loss of 12,000 organizations)
  • 41% of non-profit arts organizations are currently open
  • 59% of the organizations remain closed

Impact on Artists / Creatives: Artists / Creatives are among the workers hardest hit by the pandemic. 63% have become completely unemployed and have lost an average of $ 21,800 each in creativity-based income since the pandemic began.

  • 95% report loss of income
  • 79% saw a decrease in creative work that generated income (62% “drastic decrease”)
  • 67% do not have access to the materials, resources, spaces, or people required to be creative
  • Black, indigenous, colored artists (BIPOC) have higher unemployment rates than white artists (69% vs. 60%) due to the pandemic and lose a larger percentage of their creative income (61% vs. 56%)

This has hit the arts and culture sector and the workforce hard. It will be hard to recover, but the arts are resilient and we can do it. We can do it faster and with fewer losses if the cultural coalition provides support now.

Relevant article:
New Mental Health Program for Artists in East Connecticut (The day February 2021)

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