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Share what’s life like during coronavirus through art, notes, photos

The Williamsburg Regional Library and the William & Mary libraries are collecting artwork and other items for a coronavirus museum collection and art exhibit. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the WRL)
The Williamsburg Regional Library and the William & Mary libraries are collecting artwork and other items for a coronavirus museum collection and art exhibit. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the WRL)

Residents who have used writing, photography or artwork to cope with the coronavirus pandemic can now have their items showcased in a museum collection or a community art exhibit.

The Williamsburg Regional Library and the William & Mary Libraries are collecting artifacts such as written notes, photographs and artwork to show what life is like during the coronavirus. The deadline is July 1.

“We hope to draw submissions from across a variety of media — art, photography, poetry or whatever combination of words or images capture your world right now,” said Melissa Simpson, the adult services director at Williamsburg Regional Library. “What did you do? What didn’t you do? How did you feel about the memories made, missed, and shared in this unprecedented time?”

William & Mary Libraries will preserve some of the artifacts permanently in the Documenting Life During COVID-19 collection and the WRL will showcase the items in a summer exhibit at the Stryker Center titled Williamsburg: OurTown2020, according to the news release.

In addition, the libraries hope to make a digital record of the exhibits and the collection.

To submit your work, send a photo to cburcher@wrl.org or mail it to the Williamsburg Regional Library, 7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. You can also submit the item to the William & Mary Libraries here. 

The Williamsburg Regional Library staff will contact those who mail an original document for retrieval purposes.

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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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