From September 17 to October 3, 2021, the National Mall in Washington, DC, will be covered by more than 620,000 white flags, each about a foot tall, representing the American lives lost to COVID-19 and holding written memories from loved ones. The flags will be packed tightly near the Washington Monument and the National Museum of African and African American History and Culture. Visitors will be invited to personalize flags for some they have lost. The installation, “In America: Remember,” will also have a virtual component: those who cannot visit in person can dedicate a flag and write a personal message on the In America: Remember website. A volunteer will handwrite the message on a flag that will be planted on the National Mall. A digital version of the message will appear on the website’s map of the art installation. Visitors to the website can also take a look at the previous installation from fall 2020 and learn how this art went from the physical to the digital world.
It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down school districts nationwide. The U.S. shifted into a state of loss and then grief. Loss of what we thought was stable including income, job security, and daily routines. Loss of over a year’s worth of social plans we had for ourselves including graduation parties, family reunions, and weddings. Plans have been put on hold repeatedly and hearts have felt the heaviness of disappointment non-stop.
For the third consecutive school year, the rhythms of our schools are being disrupted by a global pandemic that has laid bare existing inequities across almost every relevant metric. On September 22, 2021,educators can join a gathering of Harvard University education experts to surface key challenges and concerns—and concrete ideas for addressing them.
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