"Vax to Get Back" Projects
Arts Alliance Illinois (AAI) recruited Arts DuPage to select local artists to participate in AAI’s “Vax to Get Back” pro-vaccination project designed to reach and inspire the population unvaccinated against COVID-19. The four participating artists selected by Arts DuPage are George Berlin, Ryan Jolly, Nolan McCants, and Fernando Ramirez.
Arts DuPage was one of the first organizations enlisted by AAI to lead the dynamics of the project within DuPage County based on the initiative’s intimate knowledge of the arts and culture landscape for the region. Artists in 24 regions across Illinois received a grant from AAI to create influential pieces, ranging from street concerts and video essays to poster campaigns and public art.
See each of the artist's projects below.
Internationally-renowned artist George Berlin was called upon to use his signature art style to create a unique animated public service announcement.
Glen Ellyn animator Ryan Jolly used his experience as a tutor at College of DuPage as the basis of his submission, having felt the impact of isolation during the pandemic.
Naperville artist and pastor Nolan McCants created a photo essay based on his haunting images of a COVID-ravaged city juxtaposed with vibrant shots of post-pandemic freedom.
Mexican Cultural Museum of DuPage County President Fernando Ramirez took a sculptural approach on his 3D community project. His installation, designed to resonate deeply with the Latinx population, will be displayed at the Museum in West Chicago and cultural fests throughout the fall.