The coronavirus outbreak continues to affect Americans in a myriad of ways.
But it’s not always easy to share the anxieties, frustrations and fears brought on by the uncharted pandemic.
This fall, the Savannah African Art Museum is hoping to give local children a way to express themselves artistically during these uncertain times. The museum is calling for submissions for a new virtual exhibit, "…And The Children Speak."
Museum officials say the new exhibit aims to provide a unique platform where children’s voices about the COVID-19 outbreak and current events can be expressed creatively.
"We at SAAM believe that art is a voice, a recording of history, and the retelling of a story or experience," shared SAAM Education Coordinator Lisa Jackson.
"It’s a scream, it’s a whisper — both entitled to be heard. It’s an invitation for conversation."
Submissions are being accepted through Sept. 30. Art can be submitted in the form of a sketch, painting, collage, quilt, sculpture, a performance or written word. Those mediums can include a song, a dance, a poem or short story – anything that shares a glimpse at the experiences and emotions children in the Coastal Empire are going through amid an unprecedented global event.
With everything that has happened in the past six months, SAAM staff are sure that local children will have much to say about their experiences. From lockdowns, to school closures, canceled trips and long periods of time spent at home, it has been a spring and summer like no other.
It’s something sure to have a lasting impact on a generation of children, who now face new challenges as schools begin to re-open and face a new normal in the age of the coronavirus. Those collective experiences are what SAAM staff hope to highlight with the new exhibit.
"We are extending an invitation to children through the age of 18 to send us a copy of their art giving voice, telling their story, recording their experience of the past few months," Jackson said.
Since it is a virtual exhibit, SAAM officials ask that participants submit digital versions of their artwork, whether a high-resolution photo, text document or digital video. The pieces will be curated together into the new exhibit this fall, a display of the pulse of Savannah area children and how they are adapting and living with this new pandemic reality.
All submissions should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "And the Children Speak Submission" by Sept. 30, museum officials shared. Visit the group’s website to learn more.