With some funding earmarked for anti-racism initiatives by the College of the Arts dean’s office and the center’s existing partnership with the web designers at Olive Street Design, Rella and her team quickly adapted the COVID-19 repository to activate a new space.
It was crucial to the team that the site served a specific and real mission: foster cross-sector collaboration and uplift the arts as a tool for pushing forward the efforts of public health around racism.
To do so, the team had to be intentional about the curation process. The Center for Arts in Medicine’s interdisciplinary research lab, led by research coordinator and graduate assistant Nicole Morgan, developed criteria and tags for the content in the repository. Students are currently helping to add and tag existing content as well as review submissions that can be made on the site.