Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As we are being confronted with uncharted circumstances related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we would like to convey our heartfelt thoughts to the many people who have been affected. We write in recognition of the profound social economic impact this will have across the globe and in solidarity with our colleagues in the arts and cultural sector who are at the brink of the impending.
‘Living in uncertainty’ for the Indonesian arts and cultural sector is not uncommon, however it has suddenly elevated to an advanced degree. Yet at the wake of probable dire conditions in the arts, we urge artists and cultural practitioners to augment their creative spirit and practice by exploring new possibilities to further enhance arts outreach and relevancy, that empower the public at this crucial time.
At Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja (PSBK), we are committed to protecting the health and safety of the greater public by complying to social distancing conduct and will offer alternative on-line access to our public arts engagement programs. We are also committed to support the creative processes of artists through access of our facilities by safeguarding health and safety measures at PSBK, and we are attentive in following latest updates offered by official information sources.
We are extremely grateful to our dedicated staff and partners who continues to work vigorously in both future planning and developing alternative access streams. As other cultural organizations around the world have successfully utilized Information Technology to provide access, it’s now pertinent for Indonesian cultural organizations to also prepare the proper infrastructure in order to ensure connectivity.
To all our fellow constituents in the arts and culture (leaders, advocates, supporters, patrons, government agencies); our roles and partnerships are now more pertinent than ever, to mutually support and strengthen our capacities to serve humanity through the arts. Not only in producing important art that will benefit from the surge of engagements after a period of social distancing; but culture that enables society to protect the health and safety of others with compassion, and to build a sustainable future.
Bagong Kussudiardja Foundation