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Our creative friends have provided these messages to encourage self-care, talk about what they do for themselves, and share a little of their art.


This New Orleans artist created “Front Line” to honor those who are risking their lives in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. He is donating 1000 of these posters to local hospitals.


VR artist Aimi Sekiguchi takes you on a colorful, joy-filled journey through virtual reality. More about Aimi is available here.


Prescription Joy is a healthcare clowning nonprofit promoting healing through human connection, whimsy, education, and play in hospitals and beyond. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they are continuing to share joy through virtual hospital visits, videos, and a Tuesday Stoop-day sing-along via Facebook Live.


Food personality, culinary teacher, and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table. She is the host and executive producer of Louisiana Eats and contributes colorful food commentary on Steppin’ Out. In this video, she shares how to make a roux, the base for many of our best New Orleans dishes!


Houston-based artist April Murphy creates art that lightens people’s moods and makes them smile. She is currently working on an illustrated book: “COVID19 in Three to Five Words,” which tells a tough story in a light way, with colorful images and inspiration. In this video, April talks about how she’s been affected by the pandemic and how art helps her through it.


VR artist Aimi Sekiguchi takes you into a soothing three-dimensional artwork of a phoenix. More about Aimi is available here


VR artist Aimi Sekiguchi takes you into a mesmerizing 3D artwork of two sparrows. More about Aimi is available here.


Derrick Tabb is a long-standing member of the Rebirth Brass Band and a co-founder of The Roots of Music, a non-profit that sponsors an after-school academic and music program for New Orleans children. In this video, he shares with how creating tracks helps him express himself through music.


Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem (Tulane School of Liberal Arts ‘73)is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds, as well as his large-scale sculptures and restorations of forgotten historic homes. In this video, Hunt takes us on a tour of his studio and does a bit of painting.

Join the Self-Care Conversation!


Talking about self-care is important, and we’d like to have many voices participating in that conversation. That’s why we are asking artists, musicians, comedians, and other creatives to record short videos that we can share on the website and our social media.

If you have something to share or know someone else who does, here’s what to do:

  • Set up your phone, webcam, or other camera to record in landscape.
  • Introduce yourself and why self-care is important to you and everyone else.
  • Share some visuals or music that helps you center yourself or brings you joy.
  • Send to us via email, Box, Dropbox, or Google drive.