Vaccine Vial Project: Courage During COVID-19
In summer 2020 the ICA San José and SVCreates initiated the Vaccine Vial Project, asking artists to respond to the need to process and memorialize the pandemic. Timeline of Greatness, the winning proposal by artists Peter Foucault and Chris Treggairi, will be traveling to different vaccine sites throughout San José in November 2021, culminating in a large-scale installation in December 2021 at a hospital site in Silicon Valley.
Throughout September 2021, the artists programmed a series of workshops encouraging the public to share their voices about navigating the pandemic. The individual interviews filmed during these community engagements are collaged together in a multimedia digital artwork, employing over 1000 used vials as a filter through which to view the impactful video. Timeline of Greatness celebrates and honors healthcare professionals while also sharing the enduring stories of San José community members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Established in 2013, SVCreates is a non-profit dedicated to accelerating Silicon Valley’s creative culture. SVCreates was created from a merging of the Arts Council Silicon Valley and 1st ACT Silicon Valley. SVCreates builds on Arts Council’s 30-year history of support to the arts community through regional grantmaking, professional development and the Artist Laureate program, and on 1stACT Silicon Valley’s dynamic role in incubating innovative programs and initiatives. SVCreates builds the creative sector’s capacity, raises the value and visibility of the creative sector, and increases access to arts and creativity.
About the VMC Foundation
The Valley Medical Center Foundation (VMC Foundation) is an independent community-driven 501c3 nonprofit organization founded to support and protect Silicon Valley’s most essential public healthcare institution – Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospitals & Clinics. In partnership with SCVMC, the VMC Foundation raises philanthropic dollars to improve existing services, pioneer new models of care, and advance the cause of high-quality healthcare for all.