Colorful postcards, markers and wooden stamps sat on a table in Wilson Library on Monday, ready for UNC staff to write notes about their pandemic experiences.
The project, titled "I Was Here: Postcards from the Pandemic," is intended to recognize staff of the University through artistic expression.
Launched on March 1, the project is led by the Staff Advisory Committee to the Chancellor, UNC Human Resources, University Libraries and UNC Arts Everywhere. The postcards will be part of a special exhibit on Arts Everywhere Day, April 8.
Monday's event at Wilson is one of several pop-up workshops being held this month.
“By using the art of postcard making, staff are able to make literary pieces and visual art pieces that help us communicate what we've gone through either personally or as a campus community,” Kathryn Wagner, associate director of Arts Everywhere, said.
She also said that as an initiative that aims to be a connecting point for the arts at UNC, Arts Everywhere is serving in a similar capacity for the "Postcards from the Pandemic" project.
“It's a great way to encourage staff to be creative," University Archivist Nicholas Graham said. "But it's also a way of documenting a record of what we've all experienced and are still experiencing throughout this pandemic.”
He said maintaining documentation of what people are going through today is important to future generations who will look back into the archives to learn about the pandemic's impact.
“The things that we're creating today, that Arts Everywhere is helping make happen, it’s different, it's more intentional,” Graham said. “But it's equally as important.”