The Cape Ann Museum COVID-19 Memorial

Friday, March 12

12:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Community Programs

Artist rendition of the COVID-19 Memorial projected onto the Janet & William Ellery James Center at the Cape Ann Museum (CAM) Green. Rendering by artist Pamela Hersch in collaboration with LuminArtz.


March 10, 2021 marks a year since the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declared a State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cape Ann Museum, in partnership with the City of Gloucester and LuminArtz, is presenting a temporary public art memorial from March 10 – 14 to acknowledge this important anniversary and commemorate the 35 individuals from Gloucester, 55 individuals from Cape Ann, and over 2,000 individuals from across Essex County who have died from the pandemic.

The Cape Ann Museum COVID-19 Memorial is comprised of three parts: a video art installation from LuminArtz, the Cape Ann Cairns Memorial, and the Gloucester Memorial Quilt. These interconnected projects seek to simultaneously humanize the unfathomably large number of deaths in the past year, place the deeply felt local losses in the broader national conversation, and provide a space for visitors to take steps on the long process of grief and healing. In recognition that the pandemic still continues, this memorial takes place outside at the Cape Ann Museum Green and is a temporary installation.

Visitors can reserve free, timed entrance to see the Cape Ann Museum COVID-19 Memorial at the CAM Green from Wednesday March 11 – Sunday, March 14 between 12:30 - 8:00 pm. The LuminArtz Video Installation is best viewed after sunset.

Parking is available at the Cape Ann Museum Green. All visitors are required to reserve a free timed visit, wear masks, and maintain proper social distancing while visiting the installation.


Register here


For more details about the Cape Ann Museum COVID-19 Memorial visit: https://www.capeannmuseum.org/covidmemorial/

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