Local artists are using the exhibit to help ease concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine
Local artists are using the exhibit to help ease concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine

Local artists are using the exhibit to help ease concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine

LINCOLN, Neb. (COLUMN) -According to the state, more than one million Nebraskans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

For some people, concerns about the safety of the shot still exist, but a local group uses works of art to stem the vaccination dust.

Artists across the state and some from other states want to use their art to ease vaccination problems.

A total of 46 posters will be exhibited in the Nebraska State Capitol. Each of them has their own unique message about COVID-19 vaccines.

“We wanted some of them to make it seem cool to be vaccinated and keep repeating that message,” said Bob Hall, one of the artists.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Hall helped create a weekly cartoon explaining COVID-19 to children.

He used different characters that he thought could be related.

He wanted to do something similar with the exhibition.

“A goat, a mouse, and a bat, I know they’re on display here. And we made one that was the Omicron virus itself,” Hall said. “These were all characters that had appeared in our second cartoon, and we said let’s use those guys again. “

This week, half of the posters are on display in the exhibition. The other half will be on display next week.

Worlds of Connections is the group that started the exhibition. They received a $ 54,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to pay the artists and pay for the posters.

“We do not want people to feel defensive. We do not want people to feel bad,” said Julia McQuillan of Worlds of Connections. “We hope people will reflect, have some humor or have some insight. We hope to give people a lot of reasons to choose to vaccinate. It’s a strong public health message.

It is also a message they want to spread.

They hope to be able to place the posters elsewhere than the Capitol.

“I hope these are distributed enough that there will be some areas that we just can not get feedback on,” Hall said. “We just have to hope people saw it.”

The show runs until next Friday. The artwork will be placed on their website after the exhibition. They also plan to use all 46 posters to make a cartoon.

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