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.

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April 2020

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Christopher Bailey (Moderator),
Arts & Health Lead, World Health Organization

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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Mona Chalabi

Mona Chalabi is a New York-based data journalist and illustrator. Her visualizations shed light on otherwise faceless statistics, making her a popular commentator on contemporary politics.Mona’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine, The Guardian and many more.

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