Jacob, Ella, Wendy, and Frank With George and Rosie

Wendy Turner teaches English at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

Wendy: “As a teacher with kids who go to the same school—I am seeing them, and they are seeing me struggle through some days. Not only am I making sure that my 150 school kids are getting what they need, I’m also trying to help my two at home. I know that not all of my students are OK right now, and that hurts. I tell my kids that we should be grateful to have our own devices and reliable WiFi. That’s not the case with all of my students. It’s not fair to ask my students to do the same kind of work we did in school. I know some of their situations, and access to digital resources is a serious deficit. As a teacher, I take all of that into consideration. I know we’re all just doing the best we can.”

Frank: “I work at UK where we’ve provided iPads to incoming freshmen, and during COVID-19 we also made devices available to students and faculty who needed them for remote learning purposes. I could see how that would be helpful in public schools, too.”

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.