Halifax filmmaker, animator, and artist, Andrea Dorfman partnered on a short animated film in September 2020 with poet and musician Tanya Davis titled "How to be at Home". It's about how to stay connected with ourselves and others during this pandemic. Dorfman and Davis previously collaborated on a short film titled, How To Be Alone in 2010.
One one of the reasons Doorman made the film:
There are a lot of vulnerable people and people who are alone during this time, so I think about that a lot and try to come up with ways that I can help.
One part of "How To Be At Home" describes what it feels like to go outside to breathe the air during Covid:
Go outside if you’re able, breathe the air
there are trees for hugging
don’t be embarrassed
it’s your friend, it’s your mother, it’s your new crush
lay your cheek against the bark, it’s a living thing to touch
"How to Be At Home" is nominated for an award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France.
Songs are stories that provide emotional comfort. A project created by by Frontline Songs saw five members of the emergency department at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital gather on Zoom to collaborate with grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Mary Gauthier. Their goal was to weave their profound experiences as healthcare professionals into a song.
Dr. Ron Hirschberg, Co-Founder of Frontline Songs says,
The process is really therapeutic, in the sense that people are coming together as a group.
According to Gauthier,
Songs are what feelings sound like. When we're dealing in trauma, we can feel very removed. ..Melody is so powerful. I think it comes into our ears and then radiates through our heart and soul. I think it's a matter of feeling seen.
The knitting industry hasn't always been the most inclusive around race, gender, class, and other sensitive areas. Often, those who feel most comfortable in knitting spaces may be completely unaware of the lack of inclusivity.
While two-thirds of American women wear size 14 or above, many knitting designs don't represent a wide array of body types. This often makes the final product quality suffer. Some knitters have banded together using social media, crowdsourcing, and spreadsheets to create size-inclusive designs so that plus-size people are not left out.