During the height of the Spanish flu pandemic, afflicted Norwegian artist Edvard Munch painted a pair of self-portraits. In the first, he sits alone in a chair beside his rumpled bed, bundled in a robe, blankets covering his legs. His face is drained of color and his mouth hangs open, as if gasping for breath. In the second, painted after his recovery, he lists, seemingly exhausted, toward the viewer.
PRESS COMMUNICATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vancouver / Toronto, April 2020
In the context of the current state of isolation, recommended by public health officials across the country due to COVID19, a new initiative is launching today through an alliance between local Canadian arts and health advocates. Bridge for Health (Vancouver), and the Dundas West Open Air Public Art Museum (Toronto). The two have come together to create an arts-based health promotion initiative in response to the high demand for mental health support for families to cope during this difficult period that humanity faces.
The “Create HOPE” digital mural initiative will collect the interpretations of hope from children and families across Canada. Interpretations that could vary from drawings, written literature and multimedia genres that are inspired by this invitation. The submissions will then be projected onto a digital collage that forms a mural to showcase the various expressions of HOPE, as an inspiration to all.
Partners of this initiative include “Alita X Design” Studios, named Top 5 Creatives in Canada 2009, that will be collaborating with the Museum designers and artists, along with the Health promoters across the country.
Due to the uncertainty of the isolation period, this “call out” for artworks and multimedia interpretations will not be limited to a certain date, an effort to accompany families through these uncertain periods. Beautiful artworks and social engagement, are the results that are expected from this invite. Hence, we would like to extend the invitation to entire communities without prejudice, to participate in this collective “Create HOPE” initiative.
Starting Monday April 6, 2020, we are asking communities to please post the illustration on social media using #CreateHopeMural and/or to submit artworks to: email@example.com
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