People's Perspectives: COVID-19 in Whatcom County

How will we remember life in Bellingham and Whatcom County during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy quarantine? And how will we share the story with future generations? Now is the time to record our impressions.

You are invited to join Peoples’ Perspectives: COVID-19 in Whatcom County, a county-wide, multimedia initiative to capture and archive our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Explore the links below to learn more about community arts and storytelling projects where you can share your impressions of this strange and unusual time.  Pick the project (or projects) that speak to you, and click on the link(s) to find out how to get involved.  

camera icon Do you love photography?  Choose a project with a camera icon.  

pencil iconWould you like to write about your experiences?  Select a project marked with a notepad/pen and paper?.  

artists palette icon Prefer to interpret your impressions creatively using mixed media?  Look for projects with an artist’s palette.

microphone icon Ready to record your verbal story? Find the microphone.

You’ll also see inspirational and heart-warming stories that have already been collected by partner organizations.

We’ll curate the materials and archive the collection for community members, researchers, educators, and journalists. Would your organization like to partner with us? Please contact Rebecca Judd with Bellingham Public Library, rejudd@cob.org, or Christine Perkins with Whatcom County Library System, christine.perkins@wcls.org.


SHARE YOUR STORY


Digital Story Dome Project

Story Dome is a colorful, geodesic recording booth—that will debut in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building when the Museum re-opens. The Museum wants to stay connected and document peoples’ experiences during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy quarantine.
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Capturing COVID Life Project

photo of family wearing facemasks

The City of Bellingham has extended the Essence of Bellingham photo challenge to accept your images of COVIDLife.

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Dear History Project

dear history logo

Write your letter to the future. Your local public libraries invite you to document this history, your unique and valuable experience of it, in the form of a letter to the future.
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COVID-19 Zine Diaries Project

sheltered in place: covid-19 zine diary project

The Washington Center for the Book invites Washingtonians of all ages to submit their COVID-19 stories in the form an original zine or a few pages for inclusion in a collaborative zine.
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Western Archives

image of Western Washington University building

Western Libraries, Division of Heritage Resources is creating a digital archive of Western Washington University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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People’s Perspective Creative Challenge

Allied Arts of Whatcom County will host a community exhibit inspired by your experiences and creations during the COVID-19 crisis. Artwork will be on virtual display via the web site
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KMRE Coronavirus Stories

KMRE invites community members to tell the stories of our lives during the coronavirus crisis, in KMRE Coronavirus Stories. This is your opportunity to be the reporter, interviewer, story producer or idea generator and share the impact of coronavirus in KMRE’s Coronavirus Stories.
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The Chuckanut Writers Project

Chuckanut Writers Conference logo

The Chuckanut Writers Conference, produced by Whatcom Community College and Village Books, invites submissions of poetry and creative nonfiction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for a virtual reading to take place in September.
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The Hassle of the Tassel

drawing of graduation cap

No cap or gown, no family flying in, no party with keys or cake. A Western senior invites her classmates to share and submit a piece of their coronoavirus-influenced puzzle to be archived. COVID-19 playlists, unfinished journal entries, masks, garden plots, graduation day activities, and more.
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The Northern Light Covid-19 Articles

Northern Light Covid-19 Articles

This weekly newspaper in Blaine, regularly publishes Covid -19 updates, news and human interest stories on the coronavirus pandemic. 
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All Point Bulletin Covid-19 Articles

All Point Bulletin Covid-19 Articles

This monthly newspaper in Point Roberts, regularly publishes Covid -19 updates, news and human interest stories on the coronavirus pandemic.
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Young Reporters of The Northern Light

Young Reporters - The Northern Light logo

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WHAT’S NEXT


Our intent is to archive selected contributions for use by researchers and as a record of this passage for future generations. All submissions must include the signed permission form that accompanies each project. In addition to sharing featured stories on this web page, participating organizations hope to host an exhibition showcasing the creative work shared with the Peoples’ Perspectives project. Thank you for memorializing your story.

FEATURED STORIES


PictureStoryDate
image of people with masks near grocery storeCOVID-19: Salish Current: Life in the time of COVID-19: Community Voices
image of young girl at parkThe Northern Light asked young reporters after the stay-at-home order went into affect to take a photo representing “Life for Kids Right Now.”04/30/2020
photo of hummingbird feederThe Northern Light asked young reporters, while they are under the governor’s stay-at-home order, what are kids’ doing or what can they do for fun05/07/2020
photo of boy mowing lawnThe Northern Light asked young reporters to photograph people helping their community during the pandemic.05/14/2020
Close up photo of person picking up litterThe Northern Light asked young reporters to to think of ways kids can help in their communities and neighborhoods05/21/2020
Photo of girl and dogThe Northern Light asked young reporters how have pets’ lives changed since the stay-at-home order.05/28/2020
An Interview Between Washington State Representative Sharon Shewmake and Her Children
Cabin Fever Poem and Quarantine Poem
Miss Visiting: Silhouette Antiques and Gifts




PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS


HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Have a story to share? Explore the links on this page. If you represent an organization that would like to get involved, contact us! Everyone is welcome. Email Rebecca Judd with Bellingham Public Library, rejudd@cob.org, or Christine Perkins with Whatcom County Library System, christine.perkins@wcls.org. We welcome your ideas and interest.

People's Perspectives: COVID-19 in Whatcom County