GREETINGS COVIDIANS project uses visual engagement and critical reflection to explore how public spaces, personal responses, and social encounters have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


These dimensions were chosen initially through preliminary research conducted by Drs. Padilla and Varas-Díaz in a seminar they co-taught in Spring, 2020 (“Visual Methods for the Social Sciences”), in which students implemented a PhotoVoice project on the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. Drawing on procedures from our prior PhotoVoice projects (see Graham et al., 2013; Padilla et al., 2019; Vertovec, 2020; Witkowski et al., 2021) five graduate students from the course began working with the team to further develop a PhotoVoice project on COVID-19, with the goal of creating a new public-facing multilingual online platform permitting photographic submissions from FIU-based faculty, staff, and students, as well as the broader South Florida community. GREETINGS COVIDIANS is that online platform. 


Graham LF, Matiz A, Lopez W, Gracey A, Snow RC, and Padilla M. 2013.  “Addressing economic devastation and built environment degradation to prevent violence: A photovoice project of Detroit Youth Passages.” Community Literacy Journal; 8(1): 41-52. 

Padilla, M, Matiz A, Colón-Burgos JF, Varas-Díaz N, and Vertovec J. 2019. “Adaptation of PhotoVoice Methodology to Promote Policy Dialog among Street-Based Drug Users in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.” Arts and Health 11(2):147–62.

Vertovec, J. 2020. “Collaborative problem-solving through PhotoVoice: Helping community organizations move from network building to action in Havana, Cuba.” Tracce Urbane 8, 159-179. https://doi.org/10.13133/2532-6562_4.8.17044.

Witkowski, K, Valerio R, Samad A, Matiz A, and Padilla M. 2021 “Aging and Thriving with HIV: A PhotoVoice Project with Long-Term HIV Survivors in Miami, Florida.” Arts & Health.