Creativity vs. COVID: Ending the Pandemic for Good

Exhibition Overview:

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at universities and other publicly-funded institutions have been working to develop tests, treatments, and vaccines to better protect us and ease the public health crisis.

An international collective of university students, artists, and activists has also been working to make sure those treatments are available to everyone, everywhere, not just those with the ability to pay. Guaranteeing this access is crucial for ending the pandemic. And, from an ethical standpoint, it’s simply the right thing to do.

This innovative exhibition shares compelling creative work from the Free the Vaccine for Covid-19 campaign – from poster designs to viral parody music videos. In doing so, it introduces audiences to key issues that limit access to medicine and provides robust methods anyone can use to advocate for change from anywhere, especially at this time of social distancing.

Format: Interactive virtual exhibit with optional physical components.

Exhibition Fee: None.

Available beginning Fall 2020.

Ideal for university communities.

  • Higher education is home to essential COVID research and development.
  • Interdisciplinary content will resonate with students, faculty, and staff across campus: from the fine arts department to public health programs to scientific research labs.
  • Connects audiences with current events and fresh creative work, even if gallery spaces are restricted.

Flexible format and program options.

  • Online exhibition with optional physical components that you can print yourself.
  • For a limited number of venues, we’ll arrange to ship a set of materials.
  • Host a public conversation (virtual or face to face) that brings together university stakeholders to discuss access to COVID medicine, including: a student, a faculty member, and a representative from the university’s technology transfer office. Free the Vaccine team will help coordinate and facilitate as needed.

For information about hosting the show, please contact For questions about content, please contact Laura Holzman, Associate Professor and Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art, Indiana University IUPUI, at

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