Separate/Together invites community members to make art sharing their lived experiences of being in quarantine, on the sidewalk via an art therapy prompt. The idea of art as medicine dates back to antiquity, and the act of creating art has been linked to improvement in emotional well-being. Separate/Together hopes to help us cope with the stressors of COVID-19 and to give the community a way to connect in this bizarre time of social distancing.
The most recent iteration of this project took place on Hauser Blvd. between Obama and Coliseum in Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles, California on May 30 and 31.
All art-packs have been packed while the artist washed hands thoroughly beforehand and used gloves to pack them. The packs were created at least 12 hours before intended use. A maximum of 10 people may participate at any given time interval. Guests will be checked in upon arrival. All guests and staff are required to wear a protective face covering at all times. Participants are encouraged to refrain from bringing large bags. All participants must maintain a social distance of 6 feet from facilitators and other visitors not in their group. Hand sanitizer is available in multiple locations. Children must be supervised by an adult. No one who has a fever, cough, or respiratory illness is allowed to participate. Anyone exhibiting signs of illness will not be allowed to participate.
In response to the renewed social justice activities in our city, the next iteration will focus on fostering resilience in our historically oppressed and systems-impacted communities such as the Black and Black trans communities as well as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and Indigenous peoples.
2020 - ongoing