2020 was filled with a tremendous amount of time outside. Long, daily walks were integral to maintaining any sense of normalcy and provided time for introspection. As the days went by, neighbors became acquaintances and even friends. Pets in windows, waves from porches, and developing gardens became the new sources of solace in an otherwise uncertain time. When the walks were over, the internet became the social buoy that would keep Columbia’s community afloat. Neighborhood groups developed on Facebook. Everyone was active online and ready to help out – from baking bread for neighbors to sharing seeds for landscape endeavors. 2020 had two layers of community – the sweet neighborhood moments supplemented by connection online. Connections online began to overlap with moments of community in the “real world” and social media provided another layer of socialization, complimenting the sweet, albeit distanced, moments with neighbors. Ultimately, what mattered most during 2020 was how Columbia’s community collectively continued to nurture itself online while investing in neighborhoods and outdoor spaces, too.
Adrienne Luther is a muralist and illustrator living in Columbia, Missouri. Specializing in hand lettering and graphic design, Adrienne finds inspiration in community, music history, and vintage fashion. In 2018, Adrienne launched #ChalkNRoll, a creative initiative creating art and custom hand lettering for local business’ windows, menu boards, and more. You can find Adrienne’s work on her Instagram, @adrienneeluther and on her website, adrienneluther.com.