COVID-19 Inspired Art

NCC student spreads awareness

Meaghan Grennan ’20 made coronavirus awareness posters as part of the Artistry Collective Club at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus this past spring. The posters hung across Monroe Campus and were then displayed virtually on NCC social media channels.

Professor Alma Barrantes, advisor to the artistry collective, came up with the idea to edit World War I (WWI) posters to reflect a current crisis. The plan was for interested club members to create one or two posters each that would then be circulated around campus, spreading awareness of coronavirus.

“Our club meeting was within just days of when the first cases were reported in Monroe County, making it more important than ever to do something proactive on campus,” Grennan said.

Barrantes reached out to Grennan to request a few more posters to be shared virtually once quarantine began.

To create the posters, Grennan, who was a fine arts major at NCC, uploaded images of the original WWI posters to Photoshop, removed the text, and added her own slogans. “I was taking a computer graphics class that semester which taught me how to use the program for projects such as this.”

Grennan plans on reaching out to the Monroe County Historical Association with regards to becoming a part of their COVID-19 exhibit.

Her message to everyone remains, “Stay safe!” until this pandemic is over.

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