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On March 17, 2020, city orders prohibited social gatherings of 10 or more people and closed Austin’s bars and restaurant dining rooms in an effort to slow the coronavirus outbreak. In the wake of the order, famed Sixth Street quickly looked like a ghost town, with boarded-up bars and businesses.

2020-03-22

Document created by Austin-Oita Sister City Committee listing exchange programs and activities for 1990-1994

1990

Shane Reilly, an Austin-based artist, began sticking flags in his front yard in May of 2020 to honor each Texan lost to the virus. He started the project as a way to encourage his neighbors to pay attention to the seriousness of the pandemic. The installation eventually became an impromptu memorial — and people began traveling from around the city to see it up close. Reilly said that the project had been difficult to keep up with. He had placed over 20,000 flags in the ground, but he regularly updated the sign that stands above the flags, noting the number of Texans who have died. From Shane “I still think that the idea of showing the numbers versus just saying numbers is a powerful message and a powerful reminder,” he said. “It also adds individuality to those that we’ve lost.”

2021

HOPE Outdoor Gallery artists spray-painted murals on boarded-up Sixth Street bars to lift Austin's spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mural by Kimie Fiores.

2020

Portrait photographs of Austinites wearing masks posted to Instagram and Facebook as part of the "Wear A Mask ATX Portrait Project"

2020

View of empty shelves at local grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic when many essential supplies were in short supply.

2020

Shane Reilly, an Austin-based artist, began sticking flags in his front yard in May of 2020 to honor each Texan lost to the virus. He started the project as a way to encourage his neighbors to pay attention to the seriousness of the pandemic. The installation eventually became an impromptu memorial — and people began traveling from around the city to see it up close. Reilly said that the project had been difficult to keep up with. He had placed over 20,000 flags in the ground, but he regularly updated the sign that stands above the flags, noting the number of Texans who have died. From Shane “I still think that the idea of showing the numbers versus just saying numbers is a powerful message and a powerful reminder,” he said. “It also adds individuality to those that we’ve lost.”

2020

On March 17, 2020, city orders prohibited social gatherings of 10 or more people and closed Austin’s bars and restaurant dining rooms in an effort to slow the coronavirus outbreak. In the wake of the order, famed Sixth Street quickly looked like a ghost town, with boarded-up bars and businesses.

2020-03-22

Shane Reilly, an Austin-based artist, began sticking flags in his front yard in May of 2020 to honor each Texan lost to the virus. He started the project as a way to encourage his neighbors to pay attention to the seriousness of the pandemic. The installation eventually became an impromptu memorial — and people began traveling from around the city to see it up close. Reilly said that the project had been difficult to keep up with. He had placed over 20,000 flags in the ground, but he regularly updated the sign that stands above the flags, noting the number of Texans who have died. From Shane “I still think that the idea of showing the numbers versus just saying numbers is a powerful message and a powerful reminder,” he said. “It also adds individuality to those that we’ve lost.”

2021

Social media posts created by Haley Elander as a response to COVID-19 from the series titled "A story of an inflatable friend Wacky during shelter in place."

2020

Portrait photographs of Austinites wearing masks posted to Instagram and Facebook as part of the "Wear A Mask ATX Portrait Project"

2020

Medical workers taking precautions with PPE at a COVID-19 testing facility in Austin, Texas.

2020

HOPE Outdoor Gallery artists spray-painted murals on boarded-up Sixth Street bars to lift Austin's spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020

Portrait of Reshmi Chowdhury, organizer for the Celebration of Love fundraiser. KOOP Radio's program "Passport to India" aired a concert called "Celebration of Love: A Civic Fundraiser for COVID-19" that was performed online on May 2. The musical performances in the concert featured six locally and internationally known South Asian-American vocalists and musicians - Babna Karim, Raka Bhaduri, Argha Guha, Chandan Zaman Ali, Pooja Paul Choudhury, Shubhro Banerjee, Reshmi Chowdhury. In this difficult time, the concert aimed to give a soothing musical experience, while raising funds for low income Asian Americans in Central Texas as well as the underprivileged people in Bangladesh. Reshmi Chowdhury organized and hosted the fundraiser, which was acknowledged by the Asian American Quality of Life (AAQoL) Commission and is being archived by the Austin History Center.

2020

Employee at Austin's Merit Coffee shop gives a poodle a hi-five during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020

Closed for business on Sixth Street, where the threat of the coronavirus has reduced this storied thoroughfare to something akin to a ghost town.

2020-03-22

Child holding a rubber mallet, putting together a garden bed frame

2020

YouTube weblinks to performances from the Celebration of Love fundraising event during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020

"A typical day- we had a fundraiser on this Thursday and raised over $100 for the Annual MLK Celebration."

2020

Mother and child wearing matching cloth face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020

Portrait of officer Ricardo Reza wearing a mask in his police cruiser during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020

Family life during the COVID-19 pandemic, photograph taken by Jay Janner.

2020

Shane Reilly, an Austin-based artist, began sticking flags in his front yard in May of 2020 to honor each Texan lost to the virus. He started the project as a way to encourage his neighbors to pay attention to the seriousness of the pandemic. The installation eventually became an impromptu memorial — and people began traveling from around the city to see it up close. Reilly said that the project had been difficult to keep up with. He had placed over 20,000 flags in the ground, but he regularly updated the sign that stands above the flags, noting the number of Texans who have died. From Shane “I still think that the idea of showing the numbers versus just saying numbers is a powerful message and a powerful reminder,” he said. “It also adds individuality to those that we’ve lost.”

2021

Video from the Facebook event "Celebration of Love: A Civic Fundraiser for COVID-19" that was performed online on May 2. The musical performances in the concert featured six locally and internationally known South Asian-American vocalists and musicians - Babna Karim, Raka Bhaduri, Argha Guha, Chandan Zaman Ali, Pooja Paul Choudhury, Shubhro Banerjee, Reshmi Chowdhury. In this difficult time, the concert aimed to give a soothing musical experience, while raising funds for low income Asian Americans in Central Texas as well as the underprivileged people in Bangladesh. Reshmi Chowdhury organized and hosted the fundraiser, which was acknowledged by the Asian American Quality of Life (AAQoL) Commission and is being archived by the Austin History Center. KOOP will air the music program that aims to uplift the community spirit and to encourage local artists, without the fundraising content. The program "Passport to India" explores the music of India with host Julie Rysenga. Each week covers a music genre or a them

2020

Social media posts created by Haley Elander as a response to COVID-19 from the series titled "A story of an inflatable friend Wacky during shelter in place."

2020

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