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Art in The Time of Coronavirus



22 APRIL 2020

Art in the Time of Coronavirus in collaboration with the World Health Organization brings together cultural leaders to explore the Art and Culture sector’s role and response during and after systemic-level, global threats like COVID-19. The Dialogue was held on Earth Day to highlight Coronavirus’ connection to our climate and ecological emergency and marked the launch of The Future is Unwritten’s UN75 Dialogues series. Understanding that our collective response to these crises will determine how fast the world recovers, and how we can transform this crisis into a paradigm shift on issues ranging from the climate crisis to future pandemics, inequalities, conflict resolution and rapid changes in technology and in our populations, this discussion formed the backdrop of the ongoing series. Moderated by WHO’s Arts & Health Lead, Christopher Bailey, th


Christopher Bailey
Christopher Bailey Moderator

Arts & Health Lead, World Health Organization

Christopher Bailey is the Art & Health lead at the World Health Organization, based in in Geneva, Switzerland. His newly established program looks at the research agenda around the health benefits of the arts, in everyday life as well as an instrument in the field. Educated at Columbia and Oxford Universities, as well at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, before entering Global Health and Philanthropy, Bailey was a professional actor and playwright. He is presently engaged heavily in using the arts in the COVID-19 global response.

Mona Chalabi
Mona Chalabi

Artist & Data Editor, The Guardian US

Mona Chalabi is a New York-based data journalist and illustrator. Her visualizations shed light on otherwise faceless statistics, making her a popular commentator on contemporary politics. Mona’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine, The Guardian and many more. She studied International Relations in Paris and Arabic in Jordan. Mona was born and raised in London.

Jerry Saltz
Jerry Saltz

Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine

Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic at New York Magazine and its entertainment site, a leading voice in the art world at large, and an innovative user of social media. He joined the magazine’s staff in 2007, and his writing ranges from cover stories to reviews to quick online commentaries. He won a National Magazine Award for Columns & Commentary in 2015, and was a finalist for the same award in 2011.

Anne Pasternak
Anne Pasternak

Shelby White & Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum

Since 2015, Anne Pasternak has served as the Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum. For more than thirty years, Anne has devoted her career to engaging broad audiences with the limitless power of art to move, motivate, and inspire. As a staunch advocate for the civic and democratic roles our cultural and educational institutions can play, she is committed to projects that demonstrate the crucial links between art and social justice.