Whether it's the Taoiseach quoting Seamus Heaney or musicians live streaming performances, the arts have played a key role in sustaining us during this pandemic – but our artists also need to be sustained.

In this edition of You OK? we explore how the arts connect us with Philip King, poet Stephen James Smith talks about life as an artist in a pandemic and Dave Reid tell us about a new programme of supports designed to Mind Creative Minds.

You can check out any of Other Voices Courage performances www.rte.ie/player or at www.othervoices.ie 

You can find out more about Stephen’s work, future gigs, and more at stephenjamessmith.com. You can watch 'Collectively Counting’ at www.firstfornight.ie,  More on Minding Creative Minds, visit www.mindingcreativeminds.ie or call 1800 814 244.

For more info on how you can support artists check out www.ncfa.ie