Exhibition Development: COVID + Community

For the past year and some change, it was my honor to work with the BMGF Discovery Center and South Seattle Emerald to develop an exhibition about the COVID-19 pandemic during the COVID-19 pandemic. If that sounds surreal and incredibly challenging––emotionally, professionally, scientifically, the whole bit––it was! But if it weren’t hard, how would we know it was a COVID exhibition?

Even as the pandemic marches on, I feel proud of where this project landed, and if you’re in Seattle, you should check it out. Huge thanks to the BMGF Discovery Center team for trusting me with this work, for the beautiful oral history project that started it all, and for their expertise, empathy, and willingness to embrace the many moving parts of this deeply complex undertaking. Community is the key to survival, after all. More photos and reflections here.

Visitors interact with the new exhibition, “Where do we go from here: Stories From Our Transforming World”, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center in Seattle, WA, on August 4, 2022. Equity interactive inspired by the work of designer Luba Lukova.
An interactive component from the new exhibition, “Where do we go from here: Stories From Our Transforming World”, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center in Seattle, WA, on August 4, 2022.
Two separate interactive components from “Where do we go from here: Stories From Our Transforming World”, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center in Seattle, WA, on August 4, 2022.