In Lexington, Kentucky, the universities and public schools closed on Friday, March 13th. Faith communities were asked to suspend their services. Major social events were canceled, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Public libraries shuttered, too. Everyone was asked to practice social distancing.
On Monday, March 16th, Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova started a new artwork: Lexington in the Time of COVID-19. They took daily photographs of their fellow Lexingtonians and recorded their stories. They shared these images and narratives on social media, simultaneously offering hope and creating ways for folks to connect with others at a time of diminishing face-to-face interactions.
Through it all, Kurt and Kremena marveled at and were grateful for their fellow Lexingtonians’ incredible kindness and boundless generosity.