Despite the ongoing disruptions and obstacles everyone faced this year, a team of Arts Management students from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde proved that not even a global pandemic can put a stop to the creative arts. Last December 17, ONLine, a purely student-led initiative was held to provide a digital platform for innovative and varied presentations concerning the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the creative industries.
ONLine featured art directors and speakers from nine local creative sectors, namely: museums and galleries, film, digital art, animation, dance, music, publishing, photo, and videography. The organizers divided the event into three segments. The first segment, ‘HOW R U?’, focused on the art gallery, publishing, and photography-videography sectors through a series of discussions and a video essay provided by freelancers Maan Pamaran, Imelda Morales, and Ramil Gulle. The second segment ‘TBH’ explored the museums, animation, and digital art sectors, opening with speakers Marry Ann Pernia and Ramon Hofileña. Lastly, the third segment ‘Can We Restart?’ directed the viewer’s attention to dance, film, and music by including experiences and insights from Duane Gomez, Pancho Maniquis, and Benny Manaligod. The three segments blended together to effectively reiterate the purpose of the entire event, which was to showcase a “New Normal” way of experiencing art by proposing solutions and concepts that could renew and support the creative industries during the pandemic.
December 17 can be considered as a successful day for the organizers of ONLine, as the event accumulated more than 2,000 views and over 500 comments. The program was held live on Benilde Arts Management’s Facebook page from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
If you were unable to attend the program as it unfolded, fret not. A post-event recap video named ‘Reconnecting…’ will be released soon, and it will summarize the highlights from the live event for viewers who missed it or wish to relive the moment. To know more about ONLine and future events, be sure to follow Benilde Arts Management and Benilde Arts & Culture Cluster on Facebook.