Vaccines and US

Power of Community

In a time of darkness and loneliness, it is our communities that give us light. They remind us we are not alone even when we are apart. During the pandemic, friends and neighbors have comforted each other and supported those in need. The following stories show the power of community and the remarkable ways individuals can adapt to challenges and help one another.

Our Voices

Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools we have for building community and facing adversity. The very act of sharing our personal stories can be therapeutic. Knowing the stories of others can ease feelings of isolation when we see how our stories are the same, or it can foster empathy around struggles that we have not seen. As you read these collected stories, consider your own. What does it mean to be a part of history? How do our actions shape the future?

Artists' Voices

Artists and designers rose to the challenges of COVID-19 in ways both practical and sublime. Artists crafted beautiful and expressive masks, gave voice to our hopes and fears, and offered peaceful contemplation and solace through the visual arts, music, and poetry.

Music from New York

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I hope you enjoy the talents of the many professional museums assembled on the Smithsonian Vaccines & US website. I believe I can speak on behalf of thousands of amateur musicians all across the country who, like me, have grown weary of playing duets with ourselves and taking lessons over Zoom. 

We are looking so forward to returning to our community orchestras, our summer band shells, and our …

And that time could be somewhere in the very near future if we all have the confidence, the faith, and the good will towards each other to just get vaccinated. Thank you.

Patricia Matos Puente

Patricia Matos Puente performs Non piu andrai from Le Nozze di Figaro and shares how much she is looking forward to returning to a future of live audiences if we all have the confidence, the faith, and the good will towards each other to get vaccinated.

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Greetings from the Long Island piano duo. We, Yelena and Vladimir Polezhayev, perform and promote classical music for many years. We miss all our concerts and concert tours and look forward to performing in front of a live audience again soon.

The Long Island Duo

Accomplished pianists Yelena and Vladimir Polezhayev perform A. Piazzola – Libertango and describe how they miss live audiences. 

Voices of Community and Self–Care

Learn how communities are caring for one another and the ways that we are caring for ourselves following the traditions of our communities and cultures.

National Museum of the American Indian

Grassroots Responses on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations

Learn about an Indigenous-led operation to aid vulnerable families on the Navajo and Hopi reservations. 

Smithsonian Gardens

Gardens of Resilience

Panelists share their thoughts on the pandemic’s impact on gardening communities and discuss the green spaces that traditionally provide solace, feelings of self-sufficiency, and improvements in physical and mental well-being.

National Museum of American History

Deep-Dish Dialogue: COVID-19 and Hunger

The museum speaks with people who are pushing the boundaries of food aid in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Museum of American History

Deep-Dish Dialogue: A Better Deal for Food Workers

Learn how workers, vendors, and their advocates harness their strength, ingenuity, and strong networks of support as they fight for their rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Museum of American History

Comfort Food During a Pandemic

COVID-19 quarantines pushed many Americans to change their way of life. With restaurant visits largely out of the picture, people turned to their own kitchens for sustenance and solace.