Today is Earth Day. And so we are called to use all the tools we have available to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever. Today the City of Lexington launched a new initiative in recognition of Lexington’s nurses and other healthcare frontline workers: apricot and white ribbons were installed downtown, near hospitals, and at many healthcare facilities. 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse, a decision made by the World Health Organization long before the current pandemic erupted. Among other things, the Year of the Nurse honors the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. Yesterday, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council met for the first time in its history virtually, holding a Council Work Session. This was its first official meeting since strict social-distancing rules were put into place 5 weeks ago. The Council authorized urgent new business to be put on the Council docket for this coming Thursday and also had a lengthy Council report time when Councilmembers shared announcements, thanked staff for their hard work, and asked questions, including questions about the temporary Zoom format of meetings. It was reported that overall this work session was a success! Today we share the photographs and stories of Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and of three Councilmembers. We are thankful for the work they do for our city. #TeamKentucky #TogetherKY

Lexington in the Time of COVID-19 is an artwork about people practicing social distancing at a time of a deadly virus. And also offering kindness.

Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova capture photographs at the periphery of American culture, where drag queens, discarded couches, and abandoned motel signs exist.