COVID CREATIVES TOOLKIT
the #covidcreativestoolkit was a crowdsourced mutual aid compilation of free & open source resources, from digital gathering and organising tools to syllabi, to support creative practitioners going digital in a crisis.
the toolkit began as an open call initiated by kat braybrooke in the early days of social distancing around covid-19 in 2020. she was soon joined by sophie huckfield, 30 other curators and countless unnamed contributors worldwide, who came to it from across the arts, technology, community, academia, and gig work. together, they built an open archive of mutual aid resources for creative practitioners (from artists and makers to curators and educators) who found themselves needing to migrate their practice onto digital spaces and places. the kit’s 7 sections reflected on all aspects of the virus’s going-digital requirements, from co-creation tools to zoom dance parties, collective action platforms, self-care apps and other much-needed offerings that promoted well-being. in doing so, the kit provided many of us with an example of what crowdsourced solidarity could look like.
braybrooke, K. 2020. ‘together, we dance alone: building a collective toolkit for creatives in a pandemic’. interactions 27 (4): 68–71. (& web version)
‘what can designers do to respond to covid?’, university of the arts london (UAL), april 2020
'new arts & humanities projects at the forefront of COVID-19 response', king’s college london, april 2020
‘furtherlist #19’, furtherfield, april 2020
‘team picks: working with artists’, university of exeter arts & culture, april 2020
'covid-19 resources and funding for artists & freelancers', watts gallery artists village, may 2020
‘crowdsourced tools & methods’, methods lab, goldsmiths university, may 2020