Stories of first responders inspire Ohio art students

The COVID Pandemic Responders Art Project started as a series of interviews but became an art project for students from 3 high schools in northwest Ohio.

TIFFIN, Ohio – How can you properly describe what a complete stranger went through during the pandemic?

This was the job some local high school students took on to share the first responders’ stories.

14 firsthand reports from first responders during the pandemic.

John Schupp, a volunteer instructor at Calvert High School, reached out to these men and women across the country but wasn’t sure what to do with the incredible stories he’d gathered.

So he asked an art teacher in Calvert for help.

“How do you connect this generation of sufferers with the other generation who don’t care when you read the news? And I thought what if these students hear their stories and create art based on what they do heard the story, “said Schupp.

This is how the COVID Pandemic Responders Art Project was born.

The interviews were shared with art students from Tiffin Calvert, Tiffin Columbian and also Fostoria High School.

Each student selected the story of a first aider, inspired an original work of art based on that story, and presented the finished product at the Ritz Theater.

“The chains symbolize the connection between the patients and the nurses in New York City because they cannot see their families,” said Calvert Senior Jack Schultz, describing the work shown above.

Many of the first responders have personally accepted their picture and can take the piece home with them.

Not only do these young artists bring together two seemingly unrelated areas of life, but they also say that their work can be universally appreciated by anyone who has struggled over the past year and a half.

“It’s also something you can see and be, I know how it feels. I understand what comes of this because we all had to go into isolation and we all had to deal with it at some point,” said Colombian junior Mia Peacock .

And it has just been announced that these three schools will be back on the project this fall, but the artwork will be on display at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC


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