During the unprecedented time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is without question that we need to come together. Whether it may be virtually through a Zoom session or socially distanced in a public park, it is now the time that we need each other more than ever.
The Academy Center of the Arts staff recently came together in small gatherings to create an art piece displayed in the Historic Academy Theatre lobby windows.
By rotating in shifts to adhere to social distancing, staff members stopped by on-site to cut out paper hearts and personally design them with pictures, quotes, and words.
The assortment of hearts was placed and taped by the staff which created a large “ACOA”; filled with positive and encouraging messages during this time of uncertainty.
Hillary Duke, Volunteer Coordinator at the Academy, crafted the idea after her mom invited her to a Facebook group where members shared heart windows they’ve created or seen.
“There are close to a million people in the group,” says Hillary. “It’s been really cool to see the different designs they’ve come up with or shared photos of others creations”.
The part that Hillary loves most about the Academy’s window heart art is, “the “ACOA” can easily be seen from the street but the inspirational quotes are great for people going on walks downtown”.
“With everyone going through a tough time right now, I think if there’s any way we can make someone smile, it’s worth it”.