Community art project helps bridge the social distancing gap

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — What started out as an art project from Facebook has turned into a vehicle of unity for Philadelphia communities through these times of isolation.

You may have noticed random rainbows popping up around your neighborhood. The rainbow pictures posted on windows, doors and scribbled on sidewalks are usually accompanied by inspirational messages like “We’re all in this together,” “Stay strong,” and “Hang in there.” 

“It was a page that encouraged individuals to paint or make art based on a theme, a weekly theme, then to put that artwork into their windows as a show of hope, togetherness and unity,” said Kara Corrado, whose kids became involved when their art teacher started posting in the Facebook group called One Philly Art

“It’s also really good for us to be able to walk around the neighborhood and be able to look and see the different pieces of art,” she continued. “And the group’s organizer will plot pins on a Google map when people post their art, so then you can take a look at the Google map and you can walk around the city and find all the art.”

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Many kids and families around the city are participating now. 

Kathy Snyder and her family took it a step further, creating a giant rainbow balloon arch, along with an Easter egg hunt display that also says thank you to essential workers. Each egg had a handwritten thanking postal service workers, delivery drivers, doctors, nurses, and more. 

“I started feeling a little emotional myself,” she said. “We’re all trapped in here and can’t do much and these people are out here doing it everyday.” 

Corrado said while homeschooling has been questionable in her household, the art project has brought light and hope to her family during this difficult period.

“I don’t know how to do common core math,” she shared, “but I know how to pick up a paintbrush or a crayon and help them out, so it’s been good to us as a family too.”

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