Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

22-04 Folk Arts in the Time of COVID, Part II: Creation as Radical Care in Life-Altering Times

Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

See also Part I, 21-02


Chair: Marsha MacDowell (Michigan State University) and Suzanne Seriff (University of Texas at Austin)

Forum participants:

Diana Baird N'Diaye (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)

Anna Beresin (University of the Arts)

Charlie Lockwood (Texas Folklife)

Brenda Schmahmann (University of Johannesburg)

Kay Turner (New York University)

From COVID toys to mourners’ memorials, hand-stitched  “diaries,” to CORONAVIRUS corridos, ephemeral expressive arts have sprung up around the world in the wake of the global CORONAVIRUS pandemic. In this forum, we will explore some of the many ways that vernacular artists are drawing on their arts to provide mutual aid, get the word out about treatment and prevention, and bear witness to the many stories of injustices and inequalities laid bear in COVID’s midst. We will also explore our own folkloristic “arts of engagement” as crucial and creative acts of radical care, resistance, and resilience in life-altering times.