The world is experiencing history in the making. Coronavirus has given us the rare gift of time - time to pause, time for us to reconnect with the earth and our families, and time for us to adjust how we will participate in our lives moving forward.
It is the responsibility of museums and archives the world over to capture this history and be sure it is preserved for generations to come. It won’t be any time soon that we forget the time when the world shut down, but there will be a day when COVID-19 is in our past and we need to be prepared to tell the stories.
The L&A County Museum & Archives team want to capture our communities in the time of COVID-19. We've created this webpage that will serve as a tool to gather and curate an on-going exhibition of activities for everyone to experience today and for the curatorial team to preserve for the future. View select submissions received so far.
Below you'll find a series of topics where you can upload your thoughts and creativity. Don’t be shy, let us know what is happening in your world. This is for our future to see!
What has your family been up to while in isolation? How has this changed from your normal? Have you added new activities in your family life - what about more family talks, cooking (can you share a new recipe your family discovered), walks, games? What is home schooling like? How are you communicating with your family outside your own home? Can you share this with us through a photo or written word?
Now more than ever, we have to come together in solidarity to uplift and help humanity. What have you done to help your neighbours in this time of crisis? What have you done (or what have you seen) that spreads joy, helps loneliness, feeds stomachs, and eases the hearts and minds of people around you?
Our work lives have certainly changed during this pandemic. Some of us are essential workers providing continued services to the public while others are working from home trying to maintain the status quo from our remote workstations. Have you noticed that your inner superhero has emerged – we see it! We've got your back… tell us about your day and how it has changed over the last couple of months – we want to hear it!
We have had to adjust to life of the home school. Parents are picking up the reigns to teach their children with guidance from a virtual classroom and their child’s teacher. What assignments have you completed for school that tells a story of today’s time in COVID-19? We would love to see a photograph or written word about these assignments. What grade are you in and what school do you go to?
Where are the creative people? Has this time inspired you to create, think, draw, sculpt, or take pictures. Has something happened to make you upset, happy, wonder, marvel, and worry? Can you show us what you created? Would you consider donating the original to the museum and archives collection?
Do you love to create videos? You can help us out by becoming a documentarian. It doesn’t have to be Oscar worthy but it should be heartfelt. Interview family members who live with you or long distance through one of the many platforms we are using to talk and see our family, create a montage of the stillness around you, take a walk...we would love to see and hear what you have to say! Have you held any online musical performances? We'd love to see these too please!
Maybe you aren’t creative and the thought of writing a poem, a short story, or a song makes you want to run. That’s okay - a lot of us feel the same. But are you a thinker and have something to say? Let us have it! Your thoughts are valuable and will give our future generation an insight into the minds of our communities during this stressful and worrisome time.
Share your COVID-19 Experience