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City Lore Encourages Submissions of COVID-19 Folklore for Touching Hearts, Not Hands Initiative

Tuesday, March 31, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

City Lore has put out a call to collect creative responses to the crisis in song, poetry, video and other forms.


City Lore's dedicated staff has the skills to document the myriad ways that people and communities express their identities, humanity, and connection with each other. After September 11, City Lore documented the memorials that appeared on New York City's streets that culminated in an exhibit at the New York Historical Society, Missing: Streetscape of a City in Mourning; more recently, City Lore collected and documented signs from the Climate and Women's marches nationwide. (An exhibit that features signs from the Women's marches is just now being postponed.)


To help us collectively and safely to find comfort, humor, and joy during this crisis, City Lore is putting out a call for poems, stories, songs, and videos that convey the experiences, encouragements, meditations, and innovations of this challenging time. Please send your materials to with the subject line "Touching Hearts, Not Hands.” City Lore will find ways to put all these responses together in a meaningful way. We all respond in our own way, we all do what we can, and this is the way a folklore center can respond. The human spirit is irrepressible.  

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