The Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation is using the French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine as an inspirational starting point for a much wider mission to champion the arts and culture. Exploring the vital role played by the arts in education, social capital building and cultural exchange, the Foundation is also developing a new and more sustainable business model for the arts, based around earned income.
R&V is obviously unable to plan any live events or activities until further notice. Like many of you, my colleagues and I are effectively in lockdown. It is at times like this, however, that the arts and culture, and the life of the soul, become even more important.
Where normal life is constrained or under threat, we need distraction and entertainment, of course. But we also start to ask what it is that really matters, and to look for meaning, understanding and solace.
In the circumstances of the health emergency R&V proposes to send out twice weekly blog pieces to its members over the next 12 weeks on a range of artistic and cultural topics.