Creative COVID-19 Communications

Creative COVID-19 Communications

MAPC’s Arts & Culture and Public Health teams are partnering with local artists and designers to produce creative, culturally resonant communications about COVID-19 and vaccinations.  

Through this project, we hope to work with artists, designers, and creatives to communicate about the pandemic with BIPOC and underserved communities through graphic design, film, illustration, and other creative products.  

Creative COVID-19 Communications

MAPC’s Arts & Culture and Public Health teams are partnering with local artists and designers to produce creative, culturally resonant communications about COVID-19 and vaccinations.  

Through this project, we hope to work with artists, designers, and creatives to communicate about the pandemic with BIPOC and underserved communities through graphic design, film, illustration, and other creative products.  

Artists

MAPC has selected nine artists and artist teams to create posters, videos, postcards, public art, comic strips, and other accessible artworks that can be used by health agencies, municipalities, and community groups to spread the word about COVID-related public health advice. Once completed, MAPC will make the artworks available for digital download and sharing.     

Selected artists and artist teams were:

The Chinatown Project, a group of creative individuals dedicated to creating a digital archive of Boston Chinatown. Their mission is to preserve Boston Chinatown’s culture, using videography and photography to capture and tell the stories of its business owners. Lead applicant Aubrey Tang is one of the founders. Learn more: https://www.instagram.com/chinatown.project  

Rachel Domond, a self-taught Haitian artist based in Roxbury, Mass. Her art explores themes of land, sovereignty and pride in home, drawing from the revolutionary and traditional cultural motives of peoples’ movements both in the U.S. and abroad, past and present. Learn more: https://racheldomond.weebly.com/  

Elevated Thought, an art and social justice organization based in Lawrence, Mass. The organization develops spaces for BIPOC youth and communities to engage with art. Lead applicant Alex J. Brien is the organization’s production director. Learn more: www.elevatedthought.org 

Chelvanaya Gabriel, a multimedia art activist/storyteller and resilience facilitator based in Western Massachusetts.  From poetry to paintings and murals, their work asks, “Whose story isn’t being told?” Learn more: http://chelvanaya.com  

The Greater Boston Artist Collective, an arts organization whose mission is to uplift voiceless artists and to provide a platform for all communities and cultures to share their stories. The Collective includes Gisell Builes,Karen Elisa Garcia,Jennifer Medrano and Samantha Valletta. Learn more: www.greaterbostonartistcollective.com  

Lillian Lee, a Boston-based cartoonist and illustrator whose work explores and celebrates her Chinese-American life. Her comic strip appears in Sampan Newspaper. Learn more: https://emptybamboogirl.com  

Shaina Lu, a queer Taiwanese-American artist interested in the intersection of art, education, and activism. Learn more: http://shainadoesart.com/ 

Krina Patel, a Boston-based educator and socially-engaged artist. Her practice includes community art projects and studio work integrating traditional media with digital tools. www.quietelephantpress.com  

Tran Vu, a Vietnamese American interdisciplinary and transnational artist whose socially engaged work draws from her experience as a community organizer, educator, and healer. Learn more: https://tranvuarts.com  

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