I love this mask because it was made by a local Guatemalan seamstress. Their “Ana Lou Alterations” business @masksbyana was impacted by the cancellation of public gatherings but quickly adapted by providing affordable cloth masks with filters. While there were people that protested the stay-at-home orders, there were people that made commitments to intentionally build community and volunteer for mutual-aid efforts. To me, wearing a mask is a symbol of collective care and our interconnectedness.
The COVID-19 Masking Project was developed by the UIC Latino Cultural Center (LCC) in partnership with the UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) to engage students, faculty, staff, and community members in a creative and meaningful way during the COVID-19 pandemic.