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Understanding: Arts and Humanities Perspectives

These presentations explore the nature and effects of COVID-19 through the Arts and Humanities disciplines.

Essential Question
How have street artists across the world responded to COVID-19?

Street art is a popular form of unauthorized visual art—think murals, graffiti, sometimes even artistic acts of defacement—created in public locations for the purpose of public visibility. In this workshop, we’ll study contemporary street artists’ responses to COVID-19.

To Do

Task 1: Explore additional examples of COVID-19 street art beyond what was introduced in the video. I’ve shared a collection of street art examples below ("Workshop Images"). Discuss the images that strike you in their respective forum on Al Khazneh using these guided questions to get you started:

  • What does the image depict? What stands out to you most about the image?
  • How does this image connect to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What might be the purpose of this image?
  • What category of #StreetArtCOVID19 does this image fall into? Is the image functioning as a warning? A social critique? A beacon of hope?

Task 2: Peruse these short news articles on street artists’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Task 3: Synthesize the images and information you’ve explored by engaging in a discussion with your peers on Al Khazneh.

Discussion Questions

  • Reaction and Reflect: What kind of emotional responses do the examples of street art elicit from you?
  • Purpose and Impact: What different purposes does COVID-19 street art serve? What can street art offer the world?
  • Trans-Regional Appeal: From Mumbai to Miami, street art responding to COVID-19 is emerging across the world. Why might street art have such trans-regional appeal?
  • Medium and Message: Street art is uniquely ephemeral—how long a particular piece will last is unknown. Why might street art be an ideal medium for artists responding to COVID-19?

Task 4: Using the examples of street art we’ve explored together and individually as an inspiration, what can you create to respond to COVID-19? Create and share your own work with #COVID19KA and #StreetArtCOVID19.


Day 1: Tuesday, April 21

09:45 - 10:45
Opening Plenary: What Is COVID-19?

11:30 - 12:30
Understanding: STEM Perspectives

Stories of Survival

14:00 - 15:00
Understanding: Arts and Humanities Perspectives

Day 2: Wednesday, April 22

09:30 - 10:30
Overview and Plenary Session

10:30 - 11:15
Synthesis and Application: Guests

11:45 - 12:30
Synthesis and Application: King’s Academy Faculty

13:30 - 14:15
Closing Plenary

Closing Notes and Charge