The group has grown to pull in collaborators from around the region and even other countries.
“There are clusters of artists from Butler County, Cincinnati, Wilmington, Delaware, Philadelphia and New York but, we also have creatives from 10 other states as well as Australia and Italy right now,” Barton said.
She said it’s her first time moderating a group with more than a few friends, and it’s been wonderful to see so many different types of artists and creatives communicating and appreciating each other’s work. Barton said there have been more than 4,600 positive posts, comments and reactions within the group in one week.
“I have been overwhelmed by the amazing diversity of creatives posting on the page. We have had posts with visual art, dance, comedy, jewelry, furniture, magic, original music, makeup, storytelling, quilting and fabric arts, food, videos, opera, puppetry, origami, comic books, gardening and even people posting their creative spaces and art studios,” Barton said..
Members have also shared live-streamed productions, such as a magician’s show, or a princess party for kids.
“I think the biggest benefit that has come out of it for me has been a constant reminder of why we’re pulling together to fight this pandemic, and what we’re protecting. It’s also been a welcome distraction from this scary news coming in about the virus. My feed is flooded with brilliant works of art and live streams from musicians, dancers, poets, you name it, and it’s such a great silver lining at this time. And, for the creatives that have joined this group, I think it’s a shared sense of community,” Barton said.
One member of the group, Kate Rowekamp, is an artist and an educator. She serves as the director of education and digital content producer at the Fitton Center. Rowekamp also teaches art students at Thomas More University and Miami University Middletown.
“Right now, I’m in the spot where a lot of teachers are, where we’re switching to figuring out how to do things online, and I’ve been walking myself through what we’re doing in my printmaking class that I teach in person at Thomas More. I’ve been working through how to video that and do it step by step,” Rowekamp said.
Rowekamp said she has shared several different projects on The #QuarantineCreative.
“I’ve been posting pictures and videos of things that I’ve been working on, and people will comment and say they like it, or ask what it is that I’m using to make things. Especially right now, when we can’t be connected in person, it’s great to have those connections with other artists, so there’s still a creative and inspiring conversation going on,” Rowekamp said.