UN75: Art in The Time of Coronavirus

Art in the Time of Coronavirus brought together influential art world voices withe the WHO to explore the role and value of art when facing systemic-level, global threats like COVID-19. This dialogue will be held on Earth Day to highlight Coronavirus' connection to our ecological emergency. Leading UN environmental agencies have described the virus as nature’s first ‘warning shot’ to civilizations playing with fire. How are artists and art organizations responding to the health, economic and environmental effects of this unprecedented pandemic? And what role can art play in building a better world in the crisis’ aftermath? This marked the first in a series of UN75 Moderated Dialogues by The Future is Unwritten, a New York-based initiative launched by CULTURUNNERS and World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN), to engage the arts and culture sector in United Nations global policy discussions and implementation efforts.

Release Date

April 2020

Project Artists


United Nations
New York

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Almigdad Aldikhairy Degrees of Seperation, 2019 Oil on Canvas
Christopher Bailey Arts & Health Lead, World Health Organization (Moderator)
Anne Pasternak Shelby White & Leon Levy Director of Brooklyn Museum
Jerry Saltz Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine
Mona Chalabi Artist & Data Editor, The Guardian US
The discussion was followed by an invitation to join a global reading of Letters to the Earth.

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