• Paddy Gillard-Bentley

Love in the time of Covid

WATERLOO – November 3, 2020

As social distancing measures continue to create challenges for members of the arts community, the Wilfrid Laurier University Library is curating a virtual exhibition featuring Waterloo Region artists. On Nov. 19, the Laurier Library will release a compilation video on YouTube called Love in the Time of COVID featuring creative submissions from more than 20 local arts organizations.

“During this pandemic, people have turned to the arts community to feel joy and love and connected to society,” said Isabel Cisterna, manager of cultural programming and community engagement at the Laurier Library. “Waterloo Region boasts excellent musicians, innovative theatre, diverse visual artists, dancers, singers, poets, writers and community leaders. This is our way of elevating artists in our community while also raising our national and international profile.”

Cisterna has invited organizations to participate in Love in the Time of COVID by recording videos of art they have produced. The organizations include:

Bring on the Sunshine Caribbean and African Festival

City of Kitchener

City of Waterloo

Flush Ink Productions

K-W Glee

K-W Multicultural Festival

Laurier Faculty of Music

Laurier Indigenous Initiatives

Laurier Library MakerSpace

Laurier Women Entrepreneurship Centre

Martin Luther University College

Neruda Arts


Open Ears

Page1 Theatre

Pat the Dog Theatre

Robert Langen Art Gallery

Sun Life Waterloo Busker Carnival

Sun Life Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival

The Jazz Room

“This is akin to sending a love letter from our artists to our community,” said Cisterna. “We are compiling a media quilt of art in Waterloo Region.”

The video will be available free of charge on the Laurier YouTube channel on Thursday, Nov. 19.