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Journey to Healing: Creativity in the Time of Covid-19 Exhibition

Friday, October 6, 2023 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Atrium
520 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63110

No question that COVID-19 transformed the world. From masking and isolation to mass casualties and lingering harm to physical and mental health, the pandemic’s effects have been profound. But for many, art has provided solace. Journey to Healing: Creativity in the Time of Covid-19, curated by Washington University and partnering institutions, showcases contemporary artwork centered in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic to explore who first responders were, and how they guided us on a journey of recovery. The exhibit, along with an online component, defines creative expression broadly, including traditional and experimental art forms as well as creative hobbies such as crocheting to form a collection of thousands of experiences, stories, and creative works from around the world that gives a broad, diverse picture of the role creativity played in living during the pandemic. Among the exhibit’s pieces is a 3D sculpture called the “Weight-bearer,” created from masks the artist’s husband brought home as an essential worker. The artist embroidered each mask with the date, new confirmed deaths caused by the virus, and total deaths so far.

The exhibit is free and open to the public with a WashU/BJH badge.

In addition to art displays, the opening ceremony  (on Saturday, 9/30/23, at 5pm) will include music by the Saint Louis Story Stitchers, storytelling, and insightful discussion by first responders. To attend the free opening event, please respond via Eventbrite.

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