In the check in survey, we heard from our community that folks are finding create ways to stay in touch, but also acknowledging that this can be an isolating and stressful time for us all. Below are a few resources that might be helpful. If you have an idea to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make, Mend, Join: MCAD Craft Point: Wednesdays, April 15 to May 27th Noon to 1:00pm Google Hangouts, the link is here. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is hosting a virtual craft circle as a way to bring together the MCAD community during a time when we are apart. Our goal is to continue the community building we have gained through the simple act of stitching, sewing, and any type of creative work. This group is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Work on a project while we chat and talk! Bring a friend! For more information, please contact Diana Eicher, email@example.com or Eleanor Fuchs, firstname.lastname@example.org. MCAD Craft Point has been parrticipating in the 25 Million Stitches Project. and has already submitted 50 linen panels. Here is an article about the calming effects of stitching!
Empathic Action for Delivering the Good Life: A sample of MCAD's Sustainable Design Creative Leadership course, this MCAD resource from the MA in Sustainable Design Program guides you through cultivating empathy. Empathy is the ability to imagine yourself in someone else's shoes (cognitive empathy) and to feel what someone else is feeling (affective empathy). When these two forms of empathy come together, there is only one force on this entire planet stronger than empathy, and that’s love.
Project Positivity: Starting April 20th, you can join this 4-week challenge from our benefits broker, NFP, as a fun way to help you bring positivity into your life. CLICK HERE to register. Registration deadline is Thursday, 4/30. Once you register you’ll receive a link to download your Participant Guide. The Guide contains everything you’ll need to be successful. You’ll receive weekly e-mails from NFP with a simple weekly activity to complete along with a link to check in to reflect your participation.
UnLonely Project: The UnLonely Project is a digital community aimed at combating isolation and loneliness through arts and connectivity. Open to everyone, participation can also count as an activity for those enrolled in HealthPartners medical plans.
Pollen "Are You Ok?" Virtual Events: Pollen is hosting a series of virtual gatherings every Thursday at 2 PM Central, each one featuring a community member from a wide spectrum of life in our region. In these one-on-one conversations, they’ll share their personal experience with the COVID-19 crisis, how they’re dealing with increased isolation, how they’re making ends meet at a time of economic uncertainty, how they’re helping to build a community of care, even as we’re kept apart.
IDEAS FROM COVID-19 SURVEY: Here are some of the ideas shared by colleagues in the MCAD:
- Do a daily morning check in with your team
- Keep your normal office hours or adjusted hours
- If working remotely, create habits on how to start and end your work day
- Share humor with your colleagues (a SFW cartoon or animated gif)
- Check in over the phone or video call every day
- Use Paylocity Communities and start a group for your team
- Check in with colleagues who are working on campus, working remotely, or not working at all to see how they are doing
USING TECHNOLOGY: In the survey many colleagues shared that they were using technology in creative ways to stay connected. Platformes such as Google Meet, Slack, GoTo Meeting, Zoom, and Discord. Check out this Knowledge Base article on using Google Meet to stay in touch.