Benson Community Garden hosts COVID-19 art project

Posted at 11:44 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 12:44:44-04

OMAHA. NEB. (KMTV) — You don't have to be artistic to participate in this community project. Just one word can tell a story.

The Benson Community Garden is looking for people wanting to express their feelings during this pandemic.

"We just wanted to do something special to give an opportunity for people to express themselves positively," said the garden's founder, Kurt Goetzinger. "So we thought of sharing messages of hope, love, friendship, gardening or anything just positive."

Just stop by, pick up a piece of wood and write what you feel.

"When you think about this whole pandemic, because we've been so isolated, people are cooking at home more now, spending time with families there are some good things that are coming out of that," said Goetzinger. "We just want people to just make something that explains what they are feeling right now, where they have hope. Some are kind of funny, one has worry with a donut in front of it, for do not worry."

All creations will be posted on the gate for a final project conveying COVID-19 feelings, fears and how people are finding strength.

The community garden is full this year. It's getting plenty of use with people stopping by, gardening and using it as a form of relief and escape from everyday seclusion.

"It's like art: there's not one right way to do it," said Goetzinger. "It's, ultimately, expressing yourself and whatever works for you."

They do ask that you practice social distancing when stopping by, and you can grab some food or leave something behind for others.

You can also create your own piece of artwork and drop it off to be displayed.

The garden is located at the corner of 60th St. and Lafayette St.