4 Art Projects Youth Creatives Are Doing To Help Our Nation In Times Of Pandemic

4 Art Projects Youth Creatives Are Doing To Help Our Nation In Times Of Pandemic

Mariel Abanes

Posted at April 15, 2020

There are more things that we can do apart from lounging all day on our beds and endlessly scrolling through our feeds. Since the extended community quarantine started, there have been countless calls for donations—from medical supplies for the frontliners to monetary contributions for the less privileged. And while we’re stuck at home thinking of the next thing to keep our hands busy, some of us have already taken action. No need to feel pressured, though—you can still do your part to help!

Passion for the arts drove creatives to start different initiatives as a way of lending a hand during these tough times. Simple ideas turned into mini at-home projects, and encouraged most to use their energy for a greater cause. And a few weeks into the lockdown, the internet is already thriving in commission offers for COVID-19-related grants.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration on a charity effort you’d like to begin or a creative endeavor to support, we’ve compiled four projects youth artists are working on to support those in need.

1. Paintings. Artist Tokwa Peรฑaflorida joins Visayan fundraising organization Courage Cebu’s art sale, where 50% of the proceeds will be used to provide our medical frontliners with proper PPEs and aid daily wage earners outside Manila. The second batch of art pieces is now live, but they’re almost sold out—so hurry and check it out now!

2. Commissioned portraits. Search for #ArtForMedPH on Instagram and you’ll find different artists offering commissioned drawings and portraits to raise money for donations. Some individuals, like illustrator Lando Cusi, along with other artist friends Geli and Kara, and have already collected P80,000+ from their Portraits for PPEs project, while mural and digital artist Justin Famatigan did pay-what-you-can portraits in support of Zero Hunger PH, a youth-led movement aiming to help over 10,000 affected families in Luzon.

Thank you to everyone who donated to #PortraitsforPPEs! We are deeply moved by the generosity and support that everyone has extended towards our initiative! @gelibalcruz, @kara.inks and I started this because we wanted to donate to our fellow Filipinos in need, but as freelance artists, did not have the capacity to donate a lot from our own pockets. Initially, we hoped to get around 10 commissions each and call that a win. We didn't think we'd be doing a 2nd batch of illustrations, and we never dreamed that we'd get this many commissions from people all over the world! We are very excited to work on your illustrations - we enjoy seeing all your photos and hearing all your stories - thank you for sharing them with us! As we spend the next few days working on your requests, we hope you can allow our little team a l little extra patience. Please give us a couple of weeks to complete your illustrations (YES WE GOT THAT MANY) and send them to you! Thank you all for coming together in this time of need, and thank you for doing it with us. With much gratitude, GELI, KARA & LANDO

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3. Art paraphernalia. Even stickers and coloring books take part in the efforts of beating COVID-19! Stickers For Food PH sells food-themed stickers like street food (think: kwek-kwek and fishball!), cute fruits, and trendy drinks to raise funds to feed families in need. Meanwhile, Merllamas Artist Circle resorted to a printable coloring book, with every download open for donation to raise funds for Kaya Natin! Movement’s collection for our health workers’ PPEs.

4. DIY facemasks. Fashion designer Leilani Yalung scoured for materials inside her house and used her skills to turn fabrics into something useful to fight the spread of the virus. Producing 100 masks, she plans to give her creations away for free to the people in her immediate surroundings. On her Instagram post, she urges fellow designers to help their community through simple things that make a big impact.

FREE MASKS! Hi Guys! I’m Leilani Kate Yalung a Fashion Designer, natapos ko ng gumawa ng 100pcs na face masks at naisip ko na dahil napakaimportante ngayon na bawat isang tao ay dapat magsuot ng face mask upang di tayo mahawa o makahawa kaya sisimulan kong ibigay ang mga ito sa mga tao muna sa aking paligid na makikita naming walang face mask. At dahil meron pa din naman kaming mga materials na pwedeng magawa dito sa bahay, pagtutulung-tulungan na din naming pamilya na gawin pa ito hanggang sa mas marami pa kaming matulungan. Alam kong hindi sapat ang aming mga nagawa at magagawa pa para magkaroon ang lahat ng walang face mask. Pero kaya namin ito ipinapakita upang maging inspirasyon kami sa iba pang may mga means din na makagawa ng mga bagay na maaaring makatulong. Nakikita ko din naman sa ibang mga posts na marami na din ang gumagawa ng mga face masks na itinutulong din nila. Alam kong mas madami pa din na mga fashion designers at mga mananahi na gusto ding tumulong in their own way. Kung sa bawat barangay ay merong isa o ilang mga tao na gagawa ng mask, wala ng taong walang face mask. Ito na ang chance natin na makatulong in our own little way. Kaya nating makatulong upang maging covid 19 free ang Pilipinas kung ang lahat ng tao ay makakapagsuot ng face mask. Dahil minsan nga yung taong infected na pala ay wala namang symptoms pa pero nakakahawa na pala. Di ba nga ang sabi thru respiratory droplets ang person to person transmission? Kung ang lahat ng tao ay naka face mask, wala ng droplets na may virus na makakalabas. Lahat mapupunta na sa mask na suot natin. Tapos need nating sundin ang proper hand washing and disinfecting, taking of vitamins at matulog ng sapat para lumakas ang ating immune system. Sa pagtulung-tulong nating lahat, malalabanan natin ang covid 19. Fashion designers, let’s go help flatten the curve!

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