Vaccination Freedom Art Project
Sponsored by the Armed-Up Committee
As you walk the halls of MACC, you may notice artistic posters that represent our new culture of living with COVID. Look closely at each collage, and you will see a letter placed somewhere that, when put next to each other, spell out the word "VIRUS." Local artist and MACC security guard Bryan Helton, AKA R-Q, created these works during the lockdown to promote mask-wearing and social distancing.
In the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic, scientific advances have now produced multiple vaccines to combat the spread of the virus. As health and government officials continue to promote vaccination, we can link vaccination to freedom. As author Colin Dickey writes, “Vaccines offer us the freedom to participate, the freedom to circulate back in the world, the freedom to be human again.”
Did you know that vaccination may have proved to be the key to American independence? As colonists waged a battle for revolution, they encountered the deadly force of a smallpox epidemic. George Washington, Commander of the Continental Army and future first President of the United States, made the controversial decision to have his troops inoculated against the virus. Back in colonial times, this was done by introducing a small amount of virus to a patient’s skin, a process called variolation, which carried a high risk of serious disease. Yet, Washington knew the only way to defeat the British and secure victory was to protect his troops. Infection rates dropped from 20% to 1% in what historian Joseph Ellis called the “most important strategic decision of his military career,” and the U.S. secured its independence. Who knew that vaccinations played a key role in our road to freedom?
In what ways can being vaccinated against Covid 19 bring us freedom? As MACC encourages students to get vaccinated, we are asking students to be inspired by Bryan Helton and create their own works of art. You can take inspiration from George Washington, thinking about the role vaccination played in the creation of the United States, or Bryan Helton as he considered how the pandemic affected his own life. What does vaccination mean to you? In what ways can vaccination bring us freedom?
Currently enrolled MACC students are invited to participate in the 2021 Vaccination Freedom Art Project Sponsored by the Armed-Up Committee.
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2021 11:59 p.m.
All participants will receive a t-shirt and the opportunity to have their work showcased at a later date.
1st Place $750 Tuition Scholarship
2nd Place $500 Tuition Scholarship
3rd Place $250 Tuition Scholarship
Acceptable Media: Please submit high quality photo and videos. Physical items can be dropped off to your closest campus.