Isolation’s tough. For 11 months and counting, virtual arts programs have kept me going.

2020 has been a real piece of work.

Before COVID-19 arrived on the scene, some of my greatest joy came from going to plays, museums, concerts, and movies. And restaurants, of course—the culinary arts are a thing, too! Each event took me to a different place and time. Some experiences were calm and refreshing, others abstract and chaotic, some energizing and empowering. Others made my pants tighter.

In late February and early March, as the coronavirus pandemic grabbed art venues by the throat and wrestled them to the ground, I felt a huge sense of loss.

Thankfully, my feeling of detachment from creative minds—and escape from current events—didn’t last too long. Arts organizations retooled faster and with more precision than many other organizations and industries.

Here’s a tiny sample of moments with the arts that have helped me move from one calendar page to the next over the course of one truly doleful year. (The song, For Now, from the Avenue Q cast reunion makes me smile. I hope it makes you happy, too.)

For The Actors Fund
Judy Collins, Live with Carnegie Hall
Make Me Down, from The Public Theatre
SAG AFTRA Foundation, Orlando Bloom, Conversations at Home
Sotheby’s, Rembrandt to Richter

If you’re able, please consider supporting your local arts organizations, as they continue to support us.

Here’s to a warm, welcoming New Year. Cheers, all!

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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