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Idealists in Action | August 28, 2020

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Lizzy Cooke

5 ways creativity shined this summer ☀️
plus, new job and volunteering opportunities that make a difference.
Hi there,

Art has been a huge help to me this summer. Virtual comedy shows, new albums, and novels (like The Cactus League!) have helped me keep my spirits up, and even have a little fun in all of this craziness. And lucky for us, creative artists and performers have been helping people find their own strength all across the world. 

Below are just a few examples of how music, dance, and painting have helped us cope with hard times and fight for a better future. And if you're feeling inspired, we've got you covered with creative and artistic volunteer opportunities! Let's continue to support the arts, create cool stuff, and get through this year together.  

Waving from NYC,



#1: The Barcelona Opera House opened to a live audience of 2,292 plants! Afterwards, it donated the plants to health workers to thank them for their important work.

#2: When local businesses were boarded up, New Yorkers took to the streets to paint kind, inspirational messages to brighten up their neighborhoods. 

#3: Parisians attended a floating cinema, where they stayed socially-distanced in electric boats and enjoyed a film with loved ones on a gorgeous day.

#4: People attended a car disco in the German town of Lower Saxony, where they were able to stay in their cars and watch a live DJ, flashing lights, performers, and dancers.

#5: Even though COVID-19 shut down U.S. theatres, many of them opened up their doors to offer protestors a space to charge phones, use the bathroom, and grab healthy snacks.

🎵 Sing or play an instrument in a virtual concert for seniors.

🖼 Create, and donate, encouraging art for hospice patients to hang in their rooms.

💸 Donate to elementary school art classes so they can afford supplies for students.

🎨 Create an art club for kids, and facilitate their meeting for an hour a week.

SpotlightGirl Be Heard

This org helps young women, girls, and trans/gender nonconforming youth become social justice leaders by “mentoring and listening to the girls’ stories, helping them develop their writing and speaking skills to powerfully express and share their experiences, and leading discussions about the issues affecting women and girls around the world.”

Recent work: Citizen Be Heard, a virtual performance in which members used spoken word, short scenes, and song in order “to explore ways cultivate a civic consciousness and make a difference in the life of our communities.”

Current jobs on IdealistGrants Writer, Director of Operations, Director of Programs/Chief of Staff.

Other orgs hiring on Idealist

Hack.Diversity is hiring a Partnerships Manager in Boston, MA.

Parkinson's Foundation is hiring a Development Manager in San Francisco, CA.

Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) is hiring a Community Advocate in Seattle, WA.

Jewish Community Services is hiring a Marketing Manager in Baltimore, MD.

Everytown For Gun Safety is hiring a Survivor Network Director in New York, NY. a whole lot more! Start your own search at 

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Lizzy Cooke

Lizzy Cooke is the editor of the Idealists in Action newsletter. She also builds the Idealist community through social media and marketing. Outside of work you can find her reading, running, or walking dogs for her local animal shelter in Brooklyn.