Gallery Reopening! July 20th, Homer Watson House and Gallery                                          Virtual Gallery Reception! July 22th, 7-8pm EST (see exhibtions to register)


The Project         
Launched October 2nd, 2020
Exhibition: May 21 - August 29, 2021
at Homer Watson House and Gallery

Our experiences of COVID-19 have been and continue to be unequal. Some people lost jobs, some work overtime in harm’s way, some have died, and others have recovered. We are facing the global pandemic here - in our community. Wearing a mask is one way we show care for those around us. We wear them to protect others. 

We made a community quilt based on the form of a mask! This is an opportunity to come together - while apart - and make something that will remain as a memorial, acknowledge inequality, and act as a starting point for healing.

A free community art project!
Contribute a quilt block to the quilt, which will be displayed publicly in the community. Quilt blocks will also be documented virtually on this website - see The Quilt.

Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, ON

Everyone, young and old, who live, works, studies or has been displaced from the area due to COVID-19, etc. People who self-identified as a community member were invited to submit a block. Quilt block making took place from October 2020 - April 2021.

We’re making space for pain, resilience and care within our community.

October 2020- April 2021
Exhibition began May 27, 2021 at the Homer Watson House and Gallery

Land Acknowledgement        
The Tri-City area of land that constitutes the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo is located along O:se Kenhionhata:tie, also known as the Grand River. This land is part of the Haldimand Tract, land that was promised to the Six Nations, and includes 10km on either side of the river. This is the traditional territory of the Anishnabeg, Attawandaron (Neutral) and Haudenosaunee peoples.



Support        Numerous individuals, local businesses and organizations have played a role in helping shape and bring this project to life. This wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community, through sharing knowledge, time, and materials. Thank you all! A special thank-you to the Volunteer Action Centre and Wellbeing Waterloo for their support!

From Behind the Mask was selected to receive funding from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and the Love My Hood Kitchener cummunity grant. We are very grateful for their financial contribution to this community art & architecture project! 

Photo by Erik O’Neill