Creativity the Arts and COVID-19: Thriving in Unexpected Situations (CACTUS)

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What creative things have you been doing during the COVID-19 pandemic? We'd like to know because we want to understand how creativity helps people during a crisis.


Take the CACTUS survey

What is the research about?

The Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative is investigating how creative activities can help people cope in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

To do this, it is surveying people who have been involved in a creative activity during the pandemic, and invites you to participate. Creative activities are not just painting and playing music, they can include:

  • Journaling
  • Gardening
  • Photography
  • Dancing
  • Playing video games
  • Cooking
  • Crafts

Studying the experiences of people involved in such activities will allow society to better understand the value of creativity and the arts. The data will also be valuable for policymakers, creative organisations and government.

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What we are asking you to do

The survey takes about 20-25 minutes to complete. The survey covers topics such as the activities you have been doing, how they make you feel and your current mental health. It includes questions like:

  • What creative activities you have been doing since the COVID-19 pandemic began?
  • What activities have made you feel better?
  • What is your age group?

The survey is open until end of July 2020.

You can also choose to take part in a one-on-one interview.

All respondents have the chance to win a $200 Coles/Myer gift card.

Where can I get further information?

If you would like more information about the project, contact the researchers, Professor Jane Davidson j.davidson@unimelb.edu.au or Dr Frederic Kiernan kiernanf@unimelb.edu.au

Read the Plain Language Statement.

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