A local infectious disease specialist has created an art contest for kids to help them express their feelings about the novel coronavirus and a change to win prizes.
Dr. Chris Cirino, with Adventist Health, is curating the submissions and sharing them so everyone can enjoy the creativity coming from COVID-19 and the social distancing mandate.
"This is an unprecedented time in our lives — a dramatic change in how society functions," Cirino said. "I think this is a wonderful time to reflect on different forms of expression."
There are two prompts kids can take on with their artwork. The first is how COVID-19 makes them feel. The second is to create a positive message of community perseverance while in social distancing. The idea is that through the art and prompts, parents can discuss with their children about what is going on.
"The art project is for our kids who have to stay home," Cirino said. "Many might be too young to understand how this is being transmitted, so it's a way for them to express themselves and have their parents speak with them."
Cirino shares the pieces on Instagram with #cov19_art for everyone to enjoy the art. Also by submitting your art, there is a chance it could be featured in a future compilation or book.
"This is not to give honor to the virus, but to us for being creative," he said.
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