Art is an instrumental medium for making sense of the world and Yayoi Kusama, a world-renowned artist felt the need to address COVID-19 with a poem through the Victoria Miro gallery website. She calls on us to reflect on the lessons as we plan the future through words that include:

“For those left behind, each person’s story and that of their loved ones
It is time to seek a hymn of love for our souls
In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future
Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future
Let’s go”

Paterson, NJ is a city that faces higher rates of infection than other areas, partly because of its higher population density, language barriers, and more low-income residents. The city is fostering innovation through forging a community response that relies more heavily on trusted local residents to perform essential tasks, such as contact tracing and distribution of masks and quarantine kits. Paterson is not a stranger to innovation – it has formed an Innovation Team, based in the city hall, that will deploy a range of strategies, including quantitative and qualitative research and design-based innovation, to bring solutions to the city’s most pressing problems. 

Athens embarked on an ambitious plan to remove graffiti and beautify spaces. Such an act of civic pride reinforces and sustains the nation’s efforts to control the virus and position the country for a successful future.