Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the See Change Institute are gathering community feedback on the COVID-19 Pandemic Reflections Initiative to create a COVID-19 memorial.
“The COVID pandemic has impacted all of us in a profound way, including through the loss of family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors. This memorial will provide us with a physical space where we can honor and remember our loved ones,” Garcetti said. “The memorial will also stand as a testament to our collective strength and resilience for generations to come.”
The COVID-19 Pandemic Reflections Initiative was introduced this year with a request for proposals for a consultant team to research, design, plan, facilitate, execute and monitor the project. Through a panel selection process, See Change Institute was selected to facilitate a series of listening strategies, including a citywide survey and community listening sessions, and to use insights gained from the public to develop the project.
“Our team is excited to work with the city of Los Angeles, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Mayor’s Office to explore what the COVID-19 pandemic has meant to Angelenos and discuss options for a COVID-19 Memorial,” said Dr. Beth Karlin, founder and CEO of the See Change Institute. “This is an important step towards engaging our city in a collective process of memorializing the loss and lessons we experienced as a result of the pandemic.”
CPR LA is an outgrowth of the Civic Memory Project led by Christopher Hawthorne, former L.A. chief design officer. The Civic Memory working group, made up of historians, architects, scholars and staff from city departments, began working in November, 2019 and concluded its work in February, 2021. Its final report, Past Due, offers strategies to help a city-led approach to the production of monuments, memorials, and commemorations that feel authentic, equitable, and productive to Angelenos.
“In recognition of the many lives lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this initiative will give the residents of Los Angeles the opportunity to honor the people we loved and to reflect, remember, and instill hope as we move forward in our recovery and healing,” said Daniel Tarica, interim general manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
For information, visit culturela.org/pandemic-reflections.
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