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U-M Museum of Art Staff and Families Thank Michigan Medicine with Handmade Art

Over the past several weeks the staff of Michigan Medicine have been working on the frontlines around the clock to make families in our community safer. 

Taking care of us when we are hurting and scared has meant long hours, personal risk, and sacrificed time away from their own loved ones. The staff at UMMA and our families would like to thank the healthcare workers and staff at Michigan Medicine, for bringing our community healing and hope to keep going with confidence in better days ahead.  

This video features drawings, thank-you notes, and animation made by UMMA staff and our families to thank Michigan Medicine for their heroic efforts to protect our community from COVID-19. From environmental services, nursing, physicians, respiratory therapists, and researchers who are innovating new ways to get us through this storm together, we thank our frontline workers for being essential to what makes Michigan great.  

Your teamwork and leadership in public health and infection prevention are setting the standard as we come together to keep our community safe. We appreciate you, your bravery, your commitment, and your excellence, and we pledge to support you by continuing to stay home and stay safe. You are our heroes. From our family to yours, we thank you.

Medicine @ The Museum

Explore COVID-19 and our global pandemic through the lens of UMMA’s Collections

About the Author

Amanda Respess is a PhD candidate in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, where she is also completing a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. Her dissertation uses shipwreck artifacts from the premodern Maritime Silk Road to explore the global history of medicine. Amanda was a Rackham Public Engagement Fellow at UMMA and is currently a Curatorial Research Center Assistant and Art Handler.

Author Image: Vinod Menon


Above: Drawing by Ingrid VanderVliet, age 7