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Georgetown Embraces Healing Power of Artistic Expression to Transcend Pandemic

Whether literary, musical or visual, members of the Georgetown community find comfort in enjoying and creating art to escape the disruptions and uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Graphic of Maya James with a blue overlay.

Poetry Power

Students and faculty members turn to poetry for solace as they experience challenges and change around them.

Maureen Corrigan sitting in a chair with post-it notes and a map on the wall behind her

Recommended Reading

Maureen Corrigan, longtime book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and the Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown, shares recommends the top five books she thinks might be good for getting through the pandemic.

Edson Martinez sits at a desk.
Painting of a woman
Libbie Blume sits in front of a canvas with a paint brush in her hand.
Painting of an eye within a cracked egg.
Morgan Smith
cellphone screen shows that Anxiety is calling.
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Providing Much-Needed Respite, Connection

Despite the current pandemic, some art students at Georgetown continue to paint, draw, sculpt, make videos and study art history.

Zoom Screen view of three women with theatrical backgrounds.

Show Must Go On

Stay-at-home and social distancing orders may have canceled their fully staged production of The Rover, but students come together for a reframe of the play in a livestream reading.

“Art is a way to understand other people and to share something about yourself.”

“Let’s shake off outdated ideas of artistry and innovate.”

“I would love to conduct a music therapy program in nursing homes one day.”

More Artistic Stories

Two pink puppets sit in two separate chairs with a neon lamp shining pink light.

Professor Natsu Onoda Power leads her Performing Madness class as students adapt to virtual learning in innovative and engaging ways.

Susannah Pierce Keefe poses with two adults and a group of preschoolers.

Georgetown alumna Susannah Pierce Keefe (C’96) makes a pandemic pivot to offer in-home dance classes to get preschoolers moving.