Curation Standards

Curation Standards


  • First-person, Experience-based Creative Work Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Impact on Pennsylvanians
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Prohibitions Against Discrimination and Harassment
  • 10MB File Size Limit
  • Maximum of Five Submissions per Artist per 60-day Period


First-person, Experience-based Creative Work Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Impact on Pennsylvanians: We are seeking creative expression of Pennsylvanians’ individual and collective experience of life during a pandemic. (For the purposes of this website, if you live in Pennsylvania, go to school or work in Pennsylvania, or have lived in Pennsylvania at some time in your life, you are a Pennsylvanian.) Our website provides a platform to share reflective experiences, creating a vibrant online community in a time of physical and social isolation. At the same time, the website will become an archive of these creative works, to be studied in the future as examples of the human response to pandemic conditions. Cutting across typical boundaries of identity and belonging, we support new ways of relating to one another and promote the importance of creative expression during an era of uncertainty, insecurity, illness, and loss. We ask all contributing writers and artists to consider these goals in submitting their work.


The Pennsylvania State University (University) is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

As a community responding to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Pennsylvanians, we endeavor to be a kaleidoscope of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 repository.


It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas.