I was thrilled and honored to participate in Reimagine Arkansas, a project responding to the twin crises currently rocking our country: COVID-19 and deep-seated racial injustice. R/A brings together those most impacted by these issues with artists and designers based in Northwest Arkansas for wide-ranging roundtable discussions transcribed by the Local Voices Network.
I created this collage to sit atop R/A's first "constellation kit", a series of pieces inspired by roundtable discussions with local advocates for racial justice. The kit covers a wide variety of topics, including police killings, prison and poultry plant outbreaks, essential workers and frontline doctors and nurses, voter suppression, and wealth inequality. Photos in this collage cover all the stakeholders impacted by this crisis; the simple virus shape and rainbow gradient appear throughout my portion of the project.
This series of eight slides created for Instagram takes a deep dive into the racial imbalances in COVID-19 data, and makes the case for the continuation of the CARES Act and an economic strategy focused on compassion and equity. Evidently, the Senate GOP has not seen it.