Seasons of Love: A Covid Tribute

By Charly Jaffe / May 15, 2021

When I was fearing for my life in a COVID ER unit, I never imagined that a year later I’d be gathering Broadway performers, young adults bereaved by COVID-19, and home videos of those they lost. But this year has been full of wild surprises. While I’d struggled with long haul symptoms for over a…

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A Covid Life for The Rabbi Goes West

By Gerald Peary / March 11, 2021

Last March, Covid-19 crushed the independent movie world. Two major film festivals, South by Southwest and Tribeca, despite much-anticipated world premieres of documentaries and features, were canceled on the spot. Woe to the poor filmmakers who had spent years making their movies and then had their big break pulled out from under them. Some have…

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Seeds for a Brighter Tomorrow

By Steve Bennett / December 31, 2020

I can’t think of a more fitting symbol for hope in the new year than milkweed seeds. Each seed is poised to be carried aloft by the wind, harboring potential for new growth wherever it lands. Milkweed plants uniquely nourish caterpillars of Monarch butterflies, creatures of beauty and brilliant examples of the interconnectedness within native…

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Into the Abyss and Back

By Steve Bennett / December 13, 2020

This video was created four years before COVID-19 struck, as a multimedia arts project. Now that there’s an end in sight, given the vaccine and a new administration, the video strikes me as an appropriate metaphor for this juncture in the pandemic. We collectively sank into an unthinkable abyss and hopefully upon the return voyage…

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PL Recommends #6

By Linda Bennett / November 8, 2020

Coronavirus: A global pandemic told through art (5 minutes) BBC Newsnight Art Historian James Fox In this excellent video, James Fox explores three paintings relevant to the current pandemic. Dame Barbara Hepworth’s pastel, ethereal drawing of doctors, surgeons, and nurses, was inspired by the care that her very ill daughter received in the 1940s. Andrew…

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PL Recommends #5

By Linda Bennett / November 3, 2020

The Rallying Cry of Street Art During Coronavirus  (3 min) Mashable Watch and listen to two artists (Los Angeles and Barcelona) leveraging their talents to spread public health messages, inspire hope, and using their art to document this time for the future. It’s a great example of putting that truism into play–think globally, act locally.…

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Thank God for Dogs!

By Lori Fogler-Nicholson / October 29, 2020

Never before has the companionship of a dog meant more than during this pandemic. As we shelter in place and wait for the next turn of events, there’s one thing we can count on in the face of uncertainty—the love of our dogs. As an expression of gratitude for all that dogs provide us, I…

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PL Recommends #4

By Linda Bennett / October 26, 2020

In this installment of PL Recommends, we look at how art can keep us connected when the pandemic keeps us apart and how artists are creating messages encouraging communities to participate in public health measures to decrease the spread of COVID. Public health messaging has to be relevant to the individual for these practices to…

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My Kind of Isolation

By Luis Socorro / September 1, 2020

The lockdown has been especially hard for me.  A motion designer, I was easily able to transition to working from home and sharing work via the cloud. But part of me was always in the clouds–the real ones. Next to my family, I live for paragliding–the incredible exhilaration of taking flight with my own “wings,”…

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