New ‘Vaxzine’ aims to encourage Aurora residents to get vaccinated

New ‘Vaxzine’ mag aims to encourage Aurora residents to get vaccinated
Photo credit Vaxzine/ Deepayan Bose

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The ArtBar in Aurora is known for its pop-up galleries, but now it’s offering an artistic shot in the arm in the fight against COVID-19 by publishing a “Vaxzine.”

The magazine-style publication features work from 10 local artists as well as information about the coronavirus vaccine.

“This is not just like a random pamphlet that's stapled to your door or something,” said ArtBar board member Deepayan Bose. “It’s part of your community.”

With a focus on equity, Vaxzine’s goal is to reach Aurora residents and encourage them to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We don't know who all has access to the internet and things like that, so this is at least a quick sheet that they can look at and get information from,” added Bose.

The publication intertwines original artwork and bilingual information from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Bose told WBBM Newsradio the project aligns perfectly with ArtBar’s mission to connect to the community.

“If they're looking at the ‘zine’ and they see art that represents them, represents their community, I think it's easier to digest that information or to trust it,” he said.

About 500 copies will be published and distributed on July 31 at a ‘Back the Vax’ event in downtown Aurora.