Even during the most difficult social and economic times, art continues to be a unifying force that brings people together. Like everyone else, artists have been weathering the storm created by the Coronavirus pandemic and adapting to the new normal.

Local artists add more than just pretty pictures to your community, so it’s important to continue supporting them. Here are six ways we all can benefit by supporting local artists and contribute to a healthy cultural community, even while practicing social distancing:

Good for the local economy
Buying locally stimulates the local economy, which supports more of your favourite local businesses.

An enjoyable way to invest
Who doesn’t enjoy being surrounded by beautiful and meaningful visuals that bring them happiness?

A value-added asset
Artwork can increase in value over time.

Thought stimulating
The presence of art contributes to a positive atmosphere that fosters problem-solving and creative ideas.

Perfect gift idea
Unlike massed produced art from big-box stores, artwork created by a local artist is likely to be a more unique one-of-a-kind piece.

Cultural significance
Artwork produced by local artists often has deeper significance and meaning, as a commentary and reflection of the region in which they live.