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Additionally, a series of promotional items will be made available at community centers, COVID-19 testing sites, food banks, and churches. How RESIST COVID came to Texas. LAF: The women curators across the DFW museums invited me to join them for their semi-regular dinner gatherings when I moved to Dallas a year ago. After Carrie shared her idea for this informational, public-facing campaign, I reached out to these curatorial colleagues to see if their institutions wanted to participate, pool resources, and stand together to try and raise awareness about ways to stay safe and help our surrounding communities. The project grew from these enthusiastic responses to create this unprecedented collaboration across the consortium of museums. We then reached out to Darryl Ratcliff as he had just formed his cultural consulting fi rm Gossypion, and worked together to assemble more than 50 community partners. CARRIE MAE WEEMS, Artist On RESIST COVID in your body of work. CMW: It's an artist-driven public- awareness campaign, and therefore unique to that extent. It's also the only project of its kind. So, besides "Wash your hands and wear a mask," sadly most institutions and government agencies had failed to engage the public. Why present this project in Texas? CMW: If ever a city/state needed to raise awareness about the impact of COVID on both the population in general and people of color in particular, it's the great state of Texas where the number of infections and deaths from COVID have soared in recent weeks. Had the governor simply taken a stronger stand, more lives could have been saved. What's happened in Texas is a tragedy and a moral outrage. Regrettably, Texas isn't alone in its handling of the pandemic. GEOFF GREEN, board member, Dallas Contemporary Your role in making RESIST COVID happen in DFW. GG: As soon as Laurie Ann Farrell told me about Carrie Mae Weems' project, I realized as an African-American board member I had to do whatever it took. Providing seed capital to start the ball rolling was a no-brainer to me. Parting thought. GG: RESIST COVID/TAKE SIX 6! is much more than an art event. It creates an opportunity for the Dallas Contemporary to save lives and engage the public to make a difference in communities that too often are invisible and historically discounted by society. Carrie Mae Weems' RESIST COVID/TAKE 6!, through 2020; A lawn sign for Carrie Mae Weems' RESIST COVID/TAKE 6! (Continued from page 34) FOLLOW THE PROMPTS IN SPOTIFY PL AY SOME ROAD TRIPPIN' TUNES DOWNLOAD THE SPOTIF Y APP POINT CAMERA AT THIS QR CODE OPEN CAMERA APP ON YOUR PHONE Lucy_PaperCity_Aug_2020_V3_release_1_2Horiz_SM.indd 1 8/3/20 8:06 PM

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