GREENSBORO — Musicians Andy Eversole and Jeffrey Dean Foster composed new songs.

City native and Grammy Award winner Rhiannon Giddens released a cover of "Just the Two of Us" in a YouTube video.

At Triad Stage, Producing Artistic Director Preston Lane is writing two Zoom plays.

And artists Jenna Rice and Raman Bhardwaj have transformed a former mail truck into a rolling tribute to front-line hospital and health care workers in the battle against COVID-19.

Each shows how the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting quarantine have spurred artists to create new art.

"We all have the urge to create," Rice said. "This time in quarantine has given us more power to do so."

The pandemic has canceled live performances and sent home artists and audiences, leaving artists with little or no income.

Many artists and venues took their shows online. 

Now more have begun to make new work about life in a pandemic.

"I think every creative now is doing the best they can, and it’s producing some awesome work," illustrator Beka Butts said.

To Lane, "One of the most important aspects of being an artist is being responsive to the world we live in."

"I’m always looking for ways to tell stories, engage with audiences and create performances," he said. "If I can’t make my work on a stage, I will find new platforms to use for storytelling."

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A mural of a gloved hand making the "peace" or "victory" sign decorates the brick wall of SouthEnd Brewing Co. downtown on Lewis Street.

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