Call for art: reducing vaccine hesitancy
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A University of Nebraska team is seeking submissions from artists of all ages and skillsets with work that promotes COVID-19 vaccines and reduces vaccine hesitancy.
Works that are selected will be displayed at the State Capitol from April 18-29, 2022, posted online, promoted through social media channels, and eventually made available in a book.
The project builds on a 2020 National Science Foundation RAPID Grant award to Judy Diamond, curator at the University of Nebraska State Museum and professor of University Libraries, that resulted in “C’rona Comix,” a series of one-page comics. Through a partnership with Bob Hall, longtime artist, writer, and Nebraska alumnus; Husker scientist Liz VanWormer; Judi gaiashkibos, director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs; and others, “C’rona Comix” sought to convey accurate science about the coronavirus to young people.
McQuillan, Willa Cather Professor of sociology, said art also can be effective in communicating information to lower-literacy audiences. She encouraged anyone with an idea to submit artwork, including teachers who want to make it a class project. A review team will assess the submitted art, with $600 to be awarded to each artist whose work is selected. Priority consideration will be given to art submitted by Jan. 10.
The work is funded by a supplemental $50,000 grant from NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences and builds on the $1.2 million Worlds of Connections project, which seeks to:
- Enhance the diversity of the biobehavioral and biomedical workforce by increasing interest in network science among members of underrepresented minority communities, and
- Promote public understanding of the benefits of NIH-funded research for public health.