Celebrations During COVID-19

New Expressions: New Ways to Socialize

The pandemic has forced us to change the way we socialize with our communities. Despite limitations, Americans have found new ways to stay connected to their friends and loved ones. The submissions shared with the Autry’s Collecting Community History Initiative (CCHI) show how people have come up with safe and creative ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and holidays in a world where we are required to stay 6 feet away from each other.

Choose one, two, or all the following activities to complete:

  • Analyze. Choose an image from COVID-19 celebration submissions to the Autry Museum (click on the image for more information). Complete the Autry Object Analysis Activity for the image.
  • Describe. Write a journal entry about “How celebrations have changed or remained the same during COVID-19.” Include answers to the following questions in your journal entry: What was a birthday like before and how was it during the pandemic? What were the positives of celebrations during the pandemic? The negatives?
  • Create. Share photographs of how you or someone else made a celebration special during the pandemic. Write a label for your photograph(s) using the Autry Label Writing handout for grades 6-12.

If you would like to share your work, please submit it to the Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19.
https://autry.formstack.com/forms/collecting_community_history_initiative

We will be highlighting some of these different objects, images, and experiences on our blog, The Autry Files. In the case of photographs of physical objects, please note that—at some point in the future—we may get in touch with you to see if you would be interested in donating the objects to our collections!

Saam Gabay: “My birthday was in the middle of the ongoing coronavirus quarantine. I canceled a get-together. Instead, I went to see my friends and family at theirs. Not that I could go near them. I photographed them from outside, looking in. I scheduled a time at each location and asked that they stand at their window while I stood in their yards, or on their sidewalk, or across the street. If they lived in a high-rise I flew my drone to their window. The uncertainty has created a heightened sense of gratitude and shared vulnerability."


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