Goodbye 2020...January to March 2021 - From the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture - Virtual Online Exhibit from the City of Boston..."We're asking the Boston art community to share their inspiration for the upcoming year with an online exhibition. Through the eyes of our fellow Bostonians we are hoping to capture the concerns and spirit of our resilient city of Boston..."
...Three of my photos were chosen: "Hope", "Community Kindness", and "Main Street Fun"...
These are all photos taken during the 2020 pandemic when, looking around, one could find uplifting images of hope, community, and joy, created by and for the community-at-large to bring positivity in the midst of this most difficult time...
HOPE: The ArtWalk Committee in tandem with the town created temporary art displays all in the form of very large signs such as this HOPE sign. Signs that said LOVE, 2021, and even a large-scale heart were part of this town project. They brought uplifting feelings even to the darkest days and were reminders of the optimism that always exists.
COMMUNITY KINDNESS: The First Parish displays welcoming banners of support and kindness throughout these challenging times. Although the church couldn't be physically open, the banners show that its heart is always open to all, supporting both its congregants and the community at all times.
MAIN STREET FUN: Many towns used street barriers to create outdoor spaces so friends could meet for meals, coffee, and connection. The ArtWalk Committee put out a call for artwork so that these barriers could be decorated with an outpouring of art, transforming these times of isolation into the opportunity for people to joyfully socialize in colorful outdoor galleries.
I created a banner for the project and on September 18th was there filming as it was being set-up for display by a wonderful volunteer from the Arts Council. Just at that moment a young man on a bicycle rode by, lifting his front wheel. I feel lucky that I was filming as my phone was able to capture the moment - otherwise it would have been lost forever. The picture helps show the wonderful way towns were creating arenas where self-expression and fun were possible, even in the the midst of some of the hardest days of the pandemic.
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