The world today is very different to just a few short months ago.
We are all working hard to establish and get used to new ways of working and socialising while keeping ourselves mentally and physically well.
COVID-19 has impacted our lives in ways I for one, did not think of. But along with the worry and loneliness we can find ourselves dealing with, the team at the Saltire Society are also finding positive bursts of light and activity to keep our souls fed.
It has been heartening to see how creative arts organisations and individuals have adapted to our current situation. Our friends at Wigtown Book Festival have launched a podcast, the National Museum of Scotland have made virtual tours of their resident exhibition available and Cúirt Festival managed, in a very short timeframe, to run a successful programme of events online while continuing to support writers. These are just a few examples of how creative the arts and cultural community truly is even in a time when the arts are one of the hardest hit groups by this pandemic.
We at the Saltire Society have been inspired by what is taking place and what is being planned for the coming months. We are working away with our own plans to ensure we can continue to support, celebrate and advocate for the creative individuals and organisations that make Scotland.
A number of our projects will be changing and some will sadly have to be put on hold until we are a little clearer on what will be possible further into the year. However, we are resolute in our aims and objectives and will continue to bang the drum for Scotland’s culture and clap for the NHS and all key workers.
Keep safe and well.