Although travel restrictions have brought our international projects to a halt, ArtsEverywhere remains committed to actively building and maintaining partnerships that support artistic vibrancy throughout the global commons. In this spirit, we issue this Open Call for Submissions to provide a platform for creative expression and a space to find parallels and intersectionality within our varied experiences of social distancing and quarantine.

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Contactless World

Emma Kazaryan, New York City, United States 

JANUARY The world is riveted by the news of an unfolding health crisis in China. A mysterious virus ravages the city of Wuhan, prompting the Chinese government to lock down surrounding areas to stem the spread. Morning news alert: Allegedly, the main source of the novel coronavirus is a bat...

El Agua: An animated film by Jesi Jordan and Erick García Gómez

Friendly Food Donations, Oaxaca, Mexico 

The majority of the 2.3 million domestic workers in Mexico live hand to mouth. When strict orders to quarantine at home were put in place in April, many of their employers prevented their household staff from coming to work in order to protect their own families. They terminated domestic workers’ contracts and...

Medicina Cultural, Medicina Esencial: Plant-based Health Care among Dominican Women in Puerto Rico

Karla Claudio-Betancourt, Santurce, Puerto Rico 

Felicia de Jesús spends her quarantine days behind a sewing machine making reusable masks on the balcony of her home. She sells them for $3 dollars apiece, a price she considers affordable for her neighbors, and just enough to cover the cost of materials. She lives four blocks from the...

Performing Ceremony Amidst the “Yellow Peril”

David Ng, Vancouver, Canada 

 In late April the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver’s Chinatown—just two blocks from where I live—was vandalized with anti-Asian racist graffiti, setting off a wave of anxiety and fear that caused many in the Asian community to withdraw and seek protection in physical, social and cultural isolation. There was,...

Second-Hand Normalities

German Andino, Bilbao, Spain 

Second-hand Normalities is an animated short film and podcast that recounts the first days of the coronavirus outbreak in Bilbao, Spain through the eyes of a nurse and doctor working in hospitals on the frontlines. Harrowing and globally relevant, the main characters lay bare the fears, isolation and despair they...

Distance of Space

Matthew Heiti, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada 
Caitlin Heppner, Ottawa, Canada 

The Virus and Us

Max Cohen, New York City, United States 
Jacob Cohen, New York City, United States 
Kaylee Renaud, Upstate NY, USA 

The Virus and Us is an animated instructional video created by Jacob Cohen, Kaylee Renaud and I (Max Cohen) to help kids understand the coronavirus pandemic. The short film focuses on the nature of the virus, what is currently being done to fight against Covid-19m, and what young people can...


Claude Schryer, Ottawa, Canada 

microcosm This room was once Riel’s and then Clara’s bedroom but more recently it serves as my zazen room, a guest bedroom, a quiet space and a sound editing studio.  These days, it also serves as my COVID-19 quarantine quarters and my temporary work office. It’s 9 feet by 10...

You Can’t Hug Grandma Anymore: Bugs, Borders and Covid in Benin

Laeïla Adjovi, Dakar, Senegal 

Laeïla Adjovi is a Beninese-French reporter, photographer and visual artist based in Dakar, Senegal. In 2020, she was named the first recipient of the ArtsEverywhere Fay Chiang Fellowship for Artistic Journalism. Mo-o-m ?… Yes, pumpkin. What is coNora virus ? Do you mean Co-ro-na virus ? Hum… yes. Is it like an...

COVID-19: Spatial Clusters & the Impending Refugee Crisis

Justin Kiersky, Denver, United States 

In late March, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued an appeal for $2 billion to protect against COVID-19 and mitigate the spread of the virus to refugee camps. His plea reflects the fragility of public health systems in the settlements, where overcrowding, underlying health concerns, and a dearth of medical supplies,...

I’ll die where you vacation & otras películas mentales

Karla Claudio-Betancourt, Santurce, Puerto Rico 

What’s a Rich Port worth if it’s not a Free Port? The irony of this colony’s name is made evident yet again by a new crisis. Puerto Rico’s ability to manage the COVID-19 pandemic has been restricted by our dependence on outside policies, food, medicine and capital. Our political immune...

Love in the Time of COVID-19

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

There’s fear in the air, pulsing through the fiberoptic veins of cyberspace. Uncertainty clings to every interaction, as restaurants, bars, cinemas and schools are shuttered in cities around the world and commerce comes to a grinding halt. On one hand, there are legitimate concerns about how families will feed their...