Monday, March 30th 2020
Artists and makers mobilize in support of the health sector
The cultural sector has been strongly impacted by the public health measures put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Artists, along with cultural workers and freelancers, found themselves without work overnight as concert halls closed and gatherings were banned.
Faced with the uncertainty of the upcoming months and the urgent needs of the health sector, a group of artists and makers have joined together to provide aid by making face shields readily available to the health sector. Canada is currently facing a nation-wide shortage of these protective shields. The shields are 3D printed and assembled by hand, and they provide a temporary solution in response to the demand. The 3D model for the shields was designed by Czech company Prusa Research and is available online for free.
Behind the initiative are Artéfact urbain, a Saint Casimir-based company specializing in the showcasing of local culture; Deveau 3D from Saint-Marc-des-Carrières; and a number of individual makers from Québec City and Montréal, who are combining their efforts to create a relaying production chain.