The Corner at Whitman-Walker “Stay Alive to Life!” festival

Whitman-Walker’s new cultural center, The Corner at Whitman-Walker, debuted its latest exhibition on Friday, April 30th, 2021. Resilience, resistance and renewal in times of COVID-19 are the themes explored in “Stay Alive to Life! Resilience in the time of COVID,” a festival and exhibition staged at The Corner at Whitman-Walker (1701 14th Street, NW) through June 27th, 2021.

The exhibition features a series of 255 posters by artist Piotr Szyhalski, made between March 25 and November 3, 2020, titled COVID-19: Labor Camp Report. Szyhalski’s diaristic posters trace the emotional experience, and political turbulence, of the early months of the pandemic. Also exhibited is Transmission. A series of five Podcasts on Disease and Pandemics in a Distorted World, 2021 by artist Ines Doujak with John Barker.

Encouraging dialogue and activism around social, cultural and LGBTQ concerns arising from the global pandemic in and around Washington, D.C, the festival delivers a free and live program of events from concerts and performances, lectures and workshops, and conversations and wellness activities to a community starved for moments to congregate and connect to each other safely.

“At a time when racial and other inequities in health care are bearing down on local communities, our ability to envision a diverse, yet shared life, with justice and happiness for all, is severely inhibited,” Ruth Noack, Executive Director and Curator of The Corner at Whitman-Walker, said. “It is the responsibility of cultural institutions to offer and support creative responses to that problem.”

The exhibition will be available for in-person visits (with required mask use, limited capacity, contact tracing and social distancing in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19).

Visit for more information on the upcoming exhibition including opening hours.


The Corner at Whitman-Walker connects cultures and communities through programming of exhibitions, events, educational initiatives and artistic research in order to increase access to art and to other cultural knowledge production.

The Corner generates content around health and social justice concerns from an intersectional LGBTQ perspective by focusing on local and global contemporary art. We activate the creative potential of each and every person and gather a public that will help shape a hopeful vision of the future.


Whitman-Walker operates a community-centered enterprise that provides primary medical care, behavioral health care, dental care, and a range of health-related legal and support services, with specialties in LGBTQ+ and HIV care, to more than 20,000 individuals and families annually in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan region. At Whitman-Walker Health, our mission is to offer affirming community-based health and wellness services to all.

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