Throughout our time together in the Zip Code Memory Project, we turned to performance to connect, touch, and express our feelings. The workshops offered a space to improvise and trust each other. But we wanted to enlarge our circle to engage our families and larger communities.

We invited participants, their families, and friends to create postcards, responding to two questions: What have we lost and learned from Covid? And: How can we heal and grow together? We invited friends to a pop-up exhibition of our body maps, where we could engage with them together. Several hundred neighbors joined our December 2021 GATHERING FOR COVID, a much needed candle-light vigil with testimonials, music, and song. Our walk through the neighborhood, accompanied by drums and chanting made the loss and mourning public, demanding acknowledgment. We were present– and carrying our dead. The Sing Harlem Choir reminded us that there was hope and beauty, even in the dark.

View the postcards