Art and Healing: A Conversation with Peter Sellars

As the novel coronavirus has turned our lives upside down, and global attention has shifted to the ongoing public health crisis, what role—if any—can the arts play at this time?

Art and Healing: A Conversation with Peter Sellars

From UCLA School of Arts and Architecture:

Judging by the number of articles and blog posts recommending things to read, watch, and listen to, many are seeking out art as a source of solace and meaning during these critical times as we stay at home and maintain physical distance.

For theater director Peter Sellars, "the arts are right in the heart of a response to crisis. The arts are always there at the flashpoint.”

By turning to literature, music, or performance, one realizes that “somebody else has thought this and been through this... and because we're not alone, we have to act towards each other with a certain level of understanding and generosity and imagination.”

Sellars is a MacArthur Fellow and distinguished professor in UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, where he has taught since 1988. He spoke to UCLA Arts’ podcast “Works In Progress” about how the arts can bring us together and help us make the most of this time.

Read more and link to the podcast here.

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