If there's one word that highlights what it's been like to live during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is this one:
Toughness. 'Bounce back'. Endurance. Flexibility. Resourcefulness. Recovery.
All of these qualities are a part of resilience. And all of them have been needed by all of us during this last year. And as we've showcased before, one of the ways that we inspire resilience—in ourselves and others—is through art.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) understands this. That's why they've started a very cool new project called Portraits of Resilience.
First, they put a callout to the public for art that they've created during and about the pandemic. It could be anything: paintings, drawings, sketches, sculpture, photography. Then, the AGO displays the art for all to see in an online gallery.
This is what resilience looks like!
If you'd like to submit something, we've got great news. The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 25. To submit art you've made, click here and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.
There are already over 1000 pieces of art in this terrific gallery. So cool! To give you a quick taste of what Portraits Of Resilience looks like, the AGO has let us share art from some of their younger submitters here. Scroll below to see each piece—some even have information about what the piece means to the artist.
Enjoy the show!