Pandemic-Inspired Projects from Local Creatives

Thanks to the internet, our quarantine experience doesn’t have to be one of complete isolation. People all over the world have come up with creative ways to spend their time and share their experience.

Countless artists have harnessed the power of the internet to curate projects about life in quarantine. Art is one of the world’s great unifiers, and in times like these, it is the mission of the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department to showcase how our artists can provide us with messages that comfort, inspire and challenge us.

The Cultural Services department has called on local creatives to make video contributions to two initiatives to help alleviate the immediate and long-term burdens that the coronavirus pandemic has put on our cultural organizations, artists and creatives, and the broad creative economy.

Albuquerque Creatives DIY Media

The Cultural Services Department directed up to $100,000 to contract with local creatives and artists to create engaging, original, and creative video content that is ready-to-air and stream on the city’s public access channels, social media, and other digital platforms.

The department sought out creative pitches for finished videos ranging from 15 to 60 minutes in length that showcased the breadth of creativity in the Albuquerque community.

All projects were created adhering to strict social distancing standards and included living room concerts, dance performances, stand up comedy, how-tos and more.

Below you’ll find a selection of DIY Media video submissions:

Eric and Chad of Eric’s Tone Kings, a local music school, present a fully virtual and socially distant concert featuring students from 7 different Albuquerque area schools.

Albuquerque based singer-songwriter Kevin Harig performs a backyard concert and is joined virtually with guests for Kevin and Friends House Show.

“A Different Sun” is a short film by Albuquerque filmmaker Brent Morris. In a statement, Morris said A Different Sun is “…reflective of our situation – our personal fears, concerns, joys and experiences during this most unusual time.”

As part of their Celebration in Isolation series, Floriography & Florecita Flowers demonstrates how to create a delicious and beautiful cheese board.

Lava Buckley creates stop motion animation stories. Lava gathered stories from fellow New Mexicans that are inspirational, funny, heart warming and animated them with simple drawings or sculptures to bring the story to life visually.

Creative Quarantine

Creative Quarantine is a video series that gives viewers an inside look at what it’s like to be an artist right now.

Artists were asked to lend their voices and collective insights into the experience of quarantine. The videos will serve as an archive of the creative voices of the incredible local artists that call Albuquerque home.

The series aims to not only provide the community with messages from creatives, but also to give artists an opportunity to have a dialogue the community and gain exposure to new audiences.

Below you’ll find a selection of Creative Quarantine video submissions:

Lara Segura – Water Offering 3

Nadine Nagamatsu – Quarantine Presley Talent

Scott Bailey – Quarantine

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