Photograph submitted to UCSB Library's COVID-19 Community Archive

Documenting Art & Activism in the Now

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 8:00am
Special Research Collections

How has your life been changed by 2020? What do you want future generations of Gauchos to know about what you have experienced? COVID-19 and increased calls for racial justice are shaping our lives and our experiences this year. Building on the COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Community Archives Projects, UCSB Library is developing “Documenting Art & Activism in the Now,” an exhibition showcasing the variety of works submitted to these projects. Our individual and collective experiences are history in the now, and as we weather simultaneous threats and crises to public health, our collective and individual voices are significant in creating history from the perspectives of people and communities who have lived through it. 

UCSB’s institutional record is not comprehensive, and there is a significant gap in materials representing students’ and community members’ perspectives and experiences.  UCSB Library invites Santa Barbara community members and UCSB students, faculty, and staff to submit original works that address how the pandemics of racial injustice and coronavirus have shaped your life.

Works can include a wide range of formats, including journal entries, poems, course work, photographs, videos, social media posts, zines, or audio recordings. We encourage folks to submit works under their own or an assumed name for either digital collection. The deadline to submit your works for inclusion in the 2021-2022 exhibit is June 20, 2021. 

For more information about how the Library will store, maintain, and make accessible these works, please see the project landing pages here:

UCSB COVID-19 Community Archives project

Black Lives Matter Community Archives project

Please note that there are two separate submission forms for each collection.  If you feel moved to submit works to both projects, you may do so as often as you wish. The exhibit will showcase submissions from both collections. 


The curation team welcomes questions, comments, and suggestions about integrating this project into your course, campus, and local projects. Please write to us at: .

Photo credit:  “Graduation Photos - Covid Style” photographed by Taylor Todd.