March marks the first anniversary of the New York City stay-at-home order, which was implemented to control the spread of Covid-19. This has been a difficult and surreal year, an unprecedented moment in the city’s history. Amid the uncertainty, institutions and individuals recognized the importance of documenting this crucial time and went to work. They created diverse archives focused on collecting and preserving the digital and physical ephemera created during and in response to the pandemic. As a result, there are a plethora of incredible collections that demonstrate our ongoing resiliency and resourcefulness, as well as our pain and sorrow.
On March 31st, 2021, A.R.T. will host a virtual event to highlight some of the important collecting initiatives taking place across New York City. Our discussion will include presentations from:
Jennifer Neal, Archives of American Art - Pandemic Oral History Project
Cynthia Tobar, Head of Archives, and Alexander Rettie, Spring Intern, Bronx Community College - Bronx Community College Covid-19 Archive, Journal of the Plague Year (JOTPY)
Lindsay Turley, Vice President, Museum Collections, Museum of the City of New York
Dacia Metes, Digital Archives Manager, Queens Public Library - The Queens Memory Covid-19 Project
Robert Snyder, Manhattan Borough Historian - Covid-NYC Documentary Project
We hope you'll join us!