Amid pandemic, Berkeley community finds inspiration at chalk art festival

Berkeley students worked on an illustration depicting the “eye” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. (Photo courtesy of Emma Tracy) UC Berkeley’s campus community recently put aside the coronavirus pandemic’s turbulent times — for a few days, at least — to embrace creativity and community through public art.

From Sept. 25 to 28, Berkeley’s Dia De Madonnari , an art festival that adhered to social distancing, gave UC Berkeley students and city of Berkeley residents an opportunity to express themselves through street paintings. Participants, both individuals and groups, chose from more than 10 different locations in and around Berkeley to create […]


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