Life in the Containment Zone Under Quarantine

In response to COVID-19, Skywatchers reimagined our creative practice to meet the urgent demands of this time. Seeking innovative solutions to continue engaging the Tenderloin community (disproportionately affected by the pandemic), we are developing new creative strategies, technologies, expertise, and partnerships for resource sharing.

Our community’s remarkable response to the challenges of the pandemic will take shape in our new archival project,
‚ÄúLife in the Containment Zone Under Quarantine.”

Our Goals:

  • To stay connected and fight the affects of social isolation.
  • To bear witness to and archive the stories of Tenderloin residents during the pandemic.
  • As a community of care, be ambassadors of health and civic engagement in the larger Tenderloin neighborhood.

New Modes of Connection and Production:

  • Hosting a series of virtual open mics
  • Covid19 Awareness poster series encouraging community safety
  • Moving our weekly meetings to zoom or, once safe enough, outdoors
    Simulating our usual in-person group singing practice with a video collage
  • Our video project, Life in the Containment Zone Under Quarantine, archiving moments spent and work created on zoom during the pandemic 

As we move into the fall, we will begin to weave together movement, narrative, video, still photography, and writing on an interactive web platform to archive this moment in time and invite others into “Life in the Containment Zone Under Quarantine.”

Melanie DeMore leads Skywatchers in a virtual chorus of “Standing Stone.”
Skywatchers first Open Mic during Shelter In Place