Level 3 restrictions are upon us here in Ireland for at least a few weeks more, and the future is uncertain. The whole world is suffering with this pandemic and the economic effects are going to be huge. As our members are mostly from South-America, we can easily recognize the privilege to be living in a country like Ireland during such a hard time. But also, as arts and culture professionals we know that this sector is going to be highly affected by the crisis – it already has been. Museums and cultural institutions had to close during the first part of lockdown for four or five months until being able to open their doors again. Unfortunately just around two months after the reopening those organizations had to close their doors again for the public – first in Dublin, and a few weeks later in the whole country. Needless to say that the impact of the restrictions are enormous for the tourism and cultural sectors. We would like to emphasize here that we are not by any means criticizing the measures taken for the safety of the people, we are just highlighting the negative effects.
And we are here doing so to show our readers that there is always a way to support the institutions! Even though you can’t visit your favourite museums, galleries and theatres there is much you can do to help them to keep their doors open in the future.
A few museums have gardens and outdoors spaces that you can still visit, and cafes and shops that are still open. I’m sure that even the smallest purchase is much appreciated by the institutions.
Some museums have online shops – so you can not only support the museums but also have items from places that maybe you never visited before!
A really nice way to support museums in this difficult time, for those who can afford it, is buying their memberships. Most have special treats for their members and by becoming a member you usually can enjoy your benefits for a year! The memberships are a great way to support museums at any time, this year specially!
If your reality is more complicated and you are not able to support museums and cultural institutions financially don’t worry! There’s always another option! Most museums are adapting to the new digital era and are creating lots of online content for their public. Visit their websites, check what they have been doing in their social media, interact, share… Museums and artists are doing all they can to survive this difficult time and to make sure people can still access art and culture even though they can not leave their homes to do so. We all understand that art in all its forms is essential for our well being, and by accessing those online content you are not just taking care of your mental health but also letting those professionals who are working hard to make all this available digitally know that their work is worth it.
2020 is highlighting the need to be compassionate and stick together. If we support museums and other cultural organizations now we are taking a step to make sure they will be able to reopen when the time comes and we will all be able to visit them again!
Brazilian Historian with MBA in Museum Management – based in Dublin, Ireland