Separate/Together was a community-based project over the course of two days during the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown. I developed a series of art-making prompts for participants to engage by drawing on the sidewalk, creating a block-long mural. The project was made in order to allow for social distancing and personalized “art-packs” were designed for each group or person attending. Separate/Together offered a way for the community to cope with the stressors of the new pandemic and the social unrest that was also happening at the time. People came in family groups, “pandemic bubbles,” or scheduled individual times with friends and maintained social distancing. The project was an experiment in providing community care while adhering to public health guidelines.
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 were after the artist washed her hands thoroughly and used gloves to pack them. The packs were created at least 12 hours before intended use. A maximum of 10 people were able to participate at any given time interval. Guests were checked in upon arrival. All guests and staff were to wear a protective face covering at all times. Participants were encouraged to refrain from bringing large bags. All participants had to maintain a social distance of 6 feet from facilitators and other visitors not in their group. Hand sanitizer was available in multiple locations. Children had to be supervised by an adult. No one who had a fever, cough, or respiratory illness was allowed to participate. Anyone exhibiting signs of illness was not be allowed to participate.
May 30 & 31, 2020