Stay Home Art Challenge: Capture the Hearts

Today's Challenge come from the MCAC's Kimberly Babin. With the Sugar Creek Virtual Art Festival just around the corner (July 11th) Kimberly thought it would be fun to focus on some of the "sweet things in life". (Sweet like sugar... Sugar Creek.) So we are starting with a cultural "sweet" moment that happened during quarantine. Back in March people started putting paper hearts in all shapes and colors up in the windows of their homes. It's unclear where or when the effort started, but the hearts spread a message of hope. Some participated because they wanted their neighbors who were deemed "essential workers" to see some joy on their way out of their homes. Others say they decorated their windows so families taking walks and getting fresh air would have reminder that everyone is in this together. Some put them up on the windows of nursing homes to show their grandmothers and grandfathers that they missed them. A heart means love!

Today's activity, capture the hearts! We would love to document this moment in America. With Phase 4 happening in Illinois in the coming days, some of these hearts might come down. So capture the hearts, take a picture of the ones in your home, at your grocery store or at the pharmacy. Where ever your see the paper hearts take a picture and send those pictures along with the location to us so we can remember the love that united us during the quarantine.

Please send your photograph to our email at and we will share your work with our MCAC community. 

2 photo(s) Updated on: June 24, 2020
  • Cathie Haab, Hudson
  • Ann Cox and son, Liam, age 6
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