RESIST COVID/TAKE 6! is a public art campaign by artist Carrie Mae Weems that communicates healthcare messaging and combats the spread of COVID-19. This multi-city project is being led in Dallas-Fort Worth by Dallas Contemporary and a consortium of local nationally recognized museums, including the African American Museum of Dallas, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Nasher Sculpture Center, and the newly-formed Gossypion Investments group of cultural consultants. The project was created during Weems current residency at Syracuse University.
The title RESIST COVID/TAKE 6! is an allusion to the recommended six feet of separation in social distancing. In this initiative, Weems marries her photographs and healthcare guidelines to spread life-saving information and life-affirming messages to Black, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American communities—who have been disproportionately impacted by the deadly virus—in the form of public-facing billboards, wheat paste posters, and takeaways including buttons and fans. This messaging both promotes preventative measures and dispels harmful falsehoods, while also paying homage to front-line and essential workers.