Check out One Lens: Sharing Our Common Views — a statewide collaborative visual and storytelling project to document Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 experience.

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One Lens: Sharing Our Common Views

What is One Lens?

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One Lens: Sharing Our Common Views is a statewide collaborative visual and storytelling project organized by Pennsylvania’s First Lady Frances Wolf, in partnership with the PA Council on the Arts, PA Historical and Museum Commission, the PA Tourism Office, and the Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians to document Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 pandemic experience.

Throughout the month-long submission period in early 2021, approximately 900 Pennsylvanians from 58 of our 67 counties shared their COVID-19 experiences to be displayed in the exhibit and archived in Pennsylvania’s records.

Across the exhibit’s three themes – our lives, our heroes and our communities – we see life in the commonwealth from Mach 2020 through March 2021: the hard realities and the hope for better days, the triumphs and the heartbreaks, the new beginnings and the loss.

Here are those stories; here is our story.

Our Heroes

Paying homage to the pandemic heroes who cannot simply stay home.

One Lens: Our Heroes

Our Lives

Looking at how we spend our time when no one is watching.

One Lens: Our Lives

Our Communities

Showcasing Pennsylvanians uniting in the face of a global health crisis.

One Lens: Our Communities

 

One Lens submission eligibility, rules, and waivers can be found here.

Audio Submissions

One Lens: Sharing Our Common Views has partnered with the Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians (LAMP) to include audio submissions. This collaboration increased accessibility to Pennsylvanians who are blind or living with visual, physical, or reading disabilities, and those with limited Internet access.

The Bigger Picture

Hosted by Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf, The Bigger Picture is a series of virtual conversations that take a deeper look into our pandemic life, helping to forge connections, celebrate our resilience, and honor our experiences.

Archiving Our Pandemic Experience | February 4, 2021

Historians, librarians, and archivists discuss the 1918 Influenza Pandemic’s effect on Pennsylvania, the connections we can draw to our COVID-19 experiences, and the important role we each can play in creating the history books of tomorrow.

Watch Pennsylvania in the 1918 Influenza Pandemic by Pennsylvania State Archivist Tyler Stump to learn more.

Healing Through Art | February 11, 2021

Researchers, creatives, and art therapists from across Pennsylvania discuss the role that art can play in building and healing communities, and in achieving mental health and wellness. The Pennsylvania Arts Council offers resources to support members of the arts community as they work to stay safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coping with COVID-19 | February 18, 2021

Mental health experts and advocates discuss how trauma affects people; the ways racial, gender, economic, and other inequalities factor into and compound the issue of trauma; and mental health supports and services that exist. If you or a loved one are struggling or are in need of mental health assistance, you are not alone. Please visit our Mental Health Resource Guide a comprehensive list of resources.

The Resiliency of Small Businesses | February 24, 2021

Small business owners share the innovative ways they have kept their employees and communities safe during COVID-19, while economic development experts highlight resources that exist. Please visit Business Unites Against COVID-19 to certify your restaurant as COVID compliant, find trainings and webinars, get PPE for workers, learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, keep your employees and customers safe, and download additional resources.

Tourism and the Great Outdoors | March 4 at 12pm

Tourism professionals and environmental advocates and experts talk about how our outdoor spaces have become more important than ever as we’ve looked for ways to stay active and safely enjoy our communities. Head to VisitPA for more information about the outdoor adventures Pennsylvania has to offer.

Exhibit Launch | March 19 at 4pm

After collecting Pennsylvanians’ stories spanning the past year, First Lady Frances Wolf will be joined by Governor Wolf and One Lens regional ambassadors to discuss the exhibit and common themes among the photo and audio submissions.

For exhibit updates, highlights, and additional materials follow One Lens on Facebook and Instagram.

Meet Our Regional Ambassadors

One Lens has five regional ambassadors selected by the First Lady’s Office and the Pennsylvania Tourism Office.

Each ambassador represents a region of the state (central, northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest). Their strong connection to their regions has helped ensure that the One Lens exhibit will truly reflect the experiences of Pennsylvania’s diverse, vibrant, and resilient communities.

Shannon Maldonado, Southeast

Shannon Maldonado

Shannon Maldonado is the founder and Creative Director of YOWIE, a creative platform and design studio founded in 2016.

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    After over a decade working in Fashion, she created the storefront and design studio to showcase emerging artists and create spaces that evoke emotion and discovery. In late 2021, YOWIE is evolving into a multi-floor platform for creativity, bringing hospitality, design, retail, and community engagement into one interconnected space. The new concept will be a place to stay, shop, create, and collaborate with YOWIE.

    Shannon sits on the board of directors at Fleisher Art Memorial and seeks to build an intersection between art and community. Past collaborators include The Philadelphia Museum of Art, CB2, Fleisher Art Memorial, Ubiq, ICA Philadelphia, The Wing, Ethel’s Club, and The Deacon.

Porcha Johnson, Central

Porcha has six years of experience in health advocacy, motivating women to live healthier lifestyles and 13 years of experience as a TV news reporter and anchor.

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    Her strong background in television news helped her connect with women and girls all around the country through Black Girl Health (BGH), a company she founded in 2014. Her motivation for BGH stemmed from her personal experience with fibroids, and the lack of awareness among women of color about the impact diet and exercise has on reproductive health.

    BGH has extended its reach through its parent company BGH & Associates (BGHA) which services government, agencies, corporations, and organizations with advertising, marketing, video production, live streaming, and health support staff.

    In 2019, Porcha expanded the brand by starting the Black Girl Health Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization that creates pathways to educate, engage, and empower women and girls to reduce health disparities and improve health literacy. The foundation creates virtual and in-person workshops to promote health awareness about issues that include but not limited to, COVID-19, mental health, breast cancer, and more.

Ceasar Westbrook, Northwest

During his study of fine art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ceasar’s focus was woodworking and furniture design.

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    He transitioned into painting after he graduated. Currently, he does commission work for various collectors throughout the country, some of which are well-known celebrities and musicians, and his most recent paintings include pieces for city council and a district judge back in his hometown of Lancaster Pennsylvania.

    “My number one mission is to influence and inspire others to maximize their potential in whatever it is they’re passionate about. Through my work, I want people to relate and see themselves in the images I create,” says Ceasar Westbrook, a Pennsylvania-based artist, likes to focus on semi-realistic and abstract paintings that tie into daily social and political issues. Mainly using oil and acrylic mediums, his use of vibrant colors is the focal point in many of his pieces.

    Ceasar’s experience also includes seven solo exhibition shows at major businesses and universities, uniform designs for the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA G-League (2019), a 1200 sq. ft. Mural at Dobbins Landing (Erie), a 1300 sq. Ft. Mural at Manus Sunoco gas station (Erie), and recognition as Celebrate Erie’s Chalk Walk Champion (2019).

James Hamill, Northeast

James Hamill is the Director of Public Relations for the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization for Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon counties.

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    Hamill helps create content for the various platforms at the PMVB including social media, television, and the web.

    He was a reporter and anchor at WNEP-TV, the ABC affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to joining the Poconos team. He has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and now resides in his hometown of Honesdale with his wife and two children.

    Follow @PoconoTourism for more from the Pocono Mountains.

Matthew Galluzzo, Southwest

Matthew Galluzzo has dedicated his entire career to Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods.

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    In September 2019 he joined Riverlife as president and CEO, and leads a transformative agenda for creating, activating, and celebrating Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. Prior to Riverlife, Matthew served for 9 years as executive director of Lawrenceville Corporation. In addition to facilitating over $200 million in public and private investment in the neighborhood, Galluzzo oversaw the creation and implementation of the first community land trust in Western Pennsylvania. Matt has recently served on several boards, including the Radiant Hall Board of Directors (Chair), the URA’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board, and the Owen Galluzzo Memorial Fund. He has previously been an adjunct faculty member for the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School for Community Organization and Social Administration, where he also earned a Masters of Social Work degree. Matt also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College.

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