The arts are a proven method of relieving stress and anxiety, and building confidence and self-knowledge. We’ve compiled this list of articles, activities and interactive workshops designed to encourage resilience through the arts for all Turnaround Arts: California Educators and families during this unprecedented time.

Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning Outcomes (Research) – This report documents how arts education provides opportunities for SEL, primarily by fostering positive relationships which often stand in contrast to those formed within regular academic instruction. They find that the “how” is as important as the “what” in the arts studio or regular classroom: Providing opportunities for students to engage in cycles of practice, production and reflection are essential to helping students process challenges and disappointments in the creative process without alienation or shame. SEL impact of the arts can be positive or negative, and educators must be intentional to create positive SEL.

UCLA Arts and Healing HOPE Series – UCLA, our partner that brings schools the Beating the Odds program, has launched their HOPE (Healing Online for People Everywhere) Series to enable the global community to build resilience through the arts. Geared for adults.

Create-At-Home: Arts for Healing – Create CA’s online resources for arts for healing and social emotional wellness. Teachers may find activity ideas to share with students.

SEL Journeys through Edumotion – EduMotion is offering SEL Journeys Learn@Home lessons. Geared for grades K-5, these weekly dance lessons are designed for students to experience on their own, or they can invite family members to learn and move along with them. A new lesson will be posted each week.

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus – An article featuring insight from a group of researchers, psychologists and educators from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment – this Edutopia article features hundreds of teachers, many of them operating in countries where teach-from-home has been in place for weeks, weigh in on the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time.

CreateCA’s “Window of Time” Workshops – A series of self-led art workshops as a way to explore your experiences, feelings, and needs. – How might we equip families to support children’s growth mindset at home? Check out these free SEL printables in English & Spanish, that may be shared directly or adapted for use with families. Scroll down to the end of the page for more creative ideas such as creating a Strengths Chain or an Accomplishments Box. 

GritX is designed for youth to use to increase mental wellness. In the Explore section are wellness activities, such as an online sketchbook feature with “inspiration” prompts that build resilience and reduce stress.