In today’s prologue to our Fall 2020 Student Edition, University of Miami senior Melissa Huberman tells the story of Art in the Time of Corona. Recording with Fresh Art International founder Cathy Byrd, local artist Dana Musso, and team members from the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Huberman discovers how artists, curators, and educators are responding to the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. Listen to hear the ways they are creating and implementing meaningful art encounters for their communities.
The Time of Corona
In 2020, hundreds of thousands of people across the United States and around the world have been sickened and forced into quarantine by the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The pandemic continues to affect us profoundly—both physically and economically. All of us have had to adjust how we live and work, teach and learn.
Fall 2020 Student Edition
In January 2020, Fresh Art founder Cathy Byrd began to introduce podcasting and South Florida’s cultural landscape to a small group of students at the University of Miami. They explored the city to record and produce their own podcast: Miami Moves Me. At mid-semester, field expeditions came to an abrupt halt and classes went online due to the pandemic. UM podcasters met the challenge—producing eighteen episodes based on their research, field recordings, and interviews. Fresh Art’s Giselle Heraux and Jahné King introduce our Fall 2020 Student Edition, with six stories from the Miami Moves Me archive.
UM creators: Diana Borras, Gretchell Cano, Luz Estrella Cruz, Kurt Gessler, Melissa Huberman, Kristian Kranz, Reese McMichael, Jonathan Raskauskas, Ben Vinarski
Art in the Time of Corona Producers: Melissa Huberman/Miami Moves Me, Giselle Heraux and Jahné King/FreshArtINTL
Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio
Melissa Huberman: Melissa is a spring 2020 graduate of the University of Miami, majoring in Neuroscience, with minors in chemistry and sociology. She grew up on Florida’s Space Coast and has always been involved with the visual arts. Investigating the intersectionality of science and art in a range of media, Huberman has created graphics for the University of Miami’s Scientifica Magazine. Her blog post for Fresh Art International’s Spring 2020 Student Edition examines how university students are creating opportunities for their communities to access a better tomorrow. For Miami Moves Me, Huberman designed the logo and signature sound. She produced or co-produced three episodes in Spring 2020.
Related Links: Miami Moves Me, Fresh Art Distance Learning Resources, Fresh Art Student Edition, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, Locust Projects, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Bass Museum of Art, Lowe Art Museum