The United Way brought its Capital Region COVID-19 mural to Maple Hill Jr./Sr. High School this week. Peter Gannon, President and CEO of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, spoke to students and staff about United Way, the impacts of COVID-19 on our communities and the ways we can use art to heal. He also answered questions.

The mural was made to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It brings an “opportunity to reflect on the devastation and loss our communities have faced, to honor loved ones lost, those who have recovered, and our frontline workers who have kept our communities safe and strong.”

The United Way partnered with Albany Center Gallery and artist Rachel Baxter to create the work of art, which is moveable and will travel through Rensselaer, Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie Counties.

In addition to the mural, the students are reviewing D. Colin’s original poem, What we have now.

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