co-creating during COVID

an intergenerational place to share art, music, recipes, poetry, and other creative endeavours

Welcome to co-creating during COVID

March 2020, banner art by Jillian Ackert


In a time of fear and isolation, we are witnessing a burst of everyday brilliance and resilience. We invite you to share, collect, and remember all the creative and resistant ways we are surviving uncertainty and quarantine. 

What is Co-Creating during COVID?

This is an explicitly intergenerational forum to share what we create during isolation: from art and music, to recipes and knitting, to academic writing and lego sculptures - basically anything that is helping us through this time. We will highlight creativity, joy, love, the mundane, fear, anxiety, and weirdness – from creative kids to enterprising elders. 

Who is this for?

This forum is for the wonderful humans of Nogojiwanong: artists, organizers, activists, students, and academics.

What can I send you?
We will post things from anywhere and in just about any format. Just send a photo, link, paragraph, scan, document, video - whatever you have created in this time - to No need to add to your to-do-list, just send us what you’re already doing! 

Anti-Oppressive Spirit

  • We intend to centre the offerings of people who are likely most impacted right now, whether physically or mentally: children and the elderly, people with disabilities, the precariously employed and housed, and people who regularly navigate racism, transphobia and other forms of oppression within medical systems and elsewhere.

  • We will not post anything racist, ageist, ableist, transphobic, etc.

  • The forum is intended to be suitable to all ages (we will clearly identify any exceptions to this) 

  • We have selected a simple, slow, stable web format, as opposed to a fast-paced social media platform, in hopes that it will be accessible to all. 

discussion board

comment on the art shared here, share about your own creative work, share resources, or just connect!

Community creativity feed


We are moved by the words of Bayo Akumolafe:

The times are urgent. Let us slow down.


adrienne maree brown tells us:

This is a time for generating life by rooting where we are. 


And Lynn Ungar writes:

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Please feel free to share other inspiring words  here:

May 2, 2020

Alex (8 years old) has started Dogcast, a weekly(-ish) illustrated podcast about dogs, to keep all her friends and family company and help you learn a...

April 27, 2020

Hi, I'm Marvin. While I'm self-isolating, I've been building a lot of Lego. Here are some of the creations I've come up with: shabbat candles that I t...

April 14, 2020

Hannah Smit, a student in Nael Bhanji's gender studies class at Trent, has created these three beautiful pieces of art around various activisms. Read...

April 6, 2020

Here are two more pieces from queer, nonbinary, Disabled artist Derek Newman-Stille's show Body-ody-ody. Both of these pieces, Behind the Facade ...

April 1, 2020

Alex (8 years old) has started Dogcast, a weekly illustrated podcast about dogs, to keep all her friends and family company and help you learn about d...

March 31, 2020

We are really excited to support this amazing community project that has been launched by Derek Newman-Stille, Lisa Clarke and Cameron G N Ewing....

March 31, 2020

Our friend and colleague Nicole Dalmer is kicking off an Aging Activisms Community QuaranZINE, and would like to invite anyone to contribute. 

Check ou...

March 28, 2020

"Meet Peterborough Activist Jill Jones: Stickin' to the Union

In the early 1970s, a worker sweeping the floors of the Canadian General Electric (GE) fa...

March 26, 2020

Synopsis: In this film, a girl explains how her life works with two moms.

Password: rainbowlife

Discussion questions and activities below!

Discussion Que...

Watch this piece by Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, called "What does this mean to you? Thoughts on covid, queerness, and memory." It contains mature conte...

March 25, 2020

trying to keep singing and maintain a strong heart. I am so incredibly grateful for my kin that are showing up in some really beautiful and powerful w...

"This is a duo performance of the hymn, It Is Well With My Soul, that my wife, Lorraine Land, and I did while in quarantine with suspected covid-19 in...

March 24, 2020

"when we were little and there would be big storms our dad would pull out his guitar and sing. his magical ways would sometimes stop the thunders or b...

March 23, 2020

Alex (8 years old) has started Dogcast, a weekly illustrated podcast about dogs, to keep all her friends and family company and help you learn about d...

March 20, 2020

It’s all about the body in this show, particularly bodies that don’t conform. Queer, nonbinary, Disabled artist Derek Newman-Stille showcases their Qu...

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community resources

ways to support/connect in our local community 

find & offer support


If you have any non-COVID healthcare concerns, you should see if your family doctor can help you over the phone. If they can't or if you don't have a family doctor, you can use this service for free to talk to an Ontario doctor over the phone.

Peterborough Shares 

A facebook group to connect one another to share resources & information within Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. 

Food Not Bombs Peterborough

Food Not Bombs will be offering carefully prepared grab-and-go warm meals every Monday in Confederation Park from 6:30-7:30pm

One Roof Community Centre

One Roof Community Centre is seeking donations so they can continue to serve hot meals. 

Special shopping hours

Click here to find information about hours for vulnerable individuals in different grocery stores around Peterborough.

Kawartha Food Share

Kawartha Food Share helps thousands access food, and they are struggling to meet current needs. Donate if you can!

YES Shelter for Youth & Families

YES provides emergency shelter to hundreds of youth and families in crisis. They are seeking extra support from the community at this time. Find out more.

Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre

KSAC is still offering online and phone counselling and crisis supports. You can learn more or donate here.

Aging Activisms is a program of activist research, academic mentorship, and intergenerational community-building led by
Dr. May Chazan, Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Gender and Feminist Studies at Trent University.

Thanks to Ben Hodson for our graphic. The photos on our site have been taken by members of the Aging Activisms research team and our participants and collaborators.