A Public Health

Community Art Project 


Creative Community 

In the wake of COVID-19, Wallplay is launching a grassroots public health community art project, Masks In The Wild. The project aims to help remove the fear and stigma surrounding the “new normal” of mandatory mask-wearing in public, as a culturally encouraged act of love towards our neighbors. The project will give as many New Yorkers as possible artist-made masks and provide on-going access to the best available DIY resources. Masks In The Wild mobilizes out-of-work designers, seamstresses, and artists to assist in the production of reusable fabric masks. Thousands of masks will subsequently be distributed for free to the public through Vendx vending machines. The project aims to uplift the spirits of New Yorkers and support the local creative community.

Wallplay believes that social distancing does not mean New York City can’t continue to strengthen its spirit of community. Through Masks In the Wild New Yorkers have the opportunity to connect with emerging artist’s work by wearing their creations, while simultaneously keeping each other safe.

If interested in volunteering, partnering, donating materials or money to the project please contact:


On April 15th, Governor Andrew Cuomo made facial coverings mandatory in New York State starting April 18th by executive order. Utilizing its 2020 grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Wallplay will employ the creative community to create special masks that will be sanitized and distributed to the public through vending machines donated by VendX.

“While Wallplay’s 14 physical locations remain closed to the public due to COVID-19, we will continue our mission of inspiring people where they walk by utilizing masks as a canvas for artists to safely connect. New York’s street’s have always been a stage for magic moments. We can protect our neighbors by wearing, creating and gifting masks to front-line workers, friends and strangers alike. We hope these masks will help people who wear them connect heart to heart with those who see them, while safely remaining 6 feet apart. ” 

The city has an opportunity to protect one another, when there is no choice but to leave the home for groceries, medicine, or essential work. New Yorkers are known for their resilience, Wallplay hopes that these artist-made masks may put a smile on your neighbor’s face, even at a six foot distance.


Wallplay’s mission is to inspire people where they walk, while our physical artist/brand pop-up venues are closed we are turning our focus onto masks as canvases to build community and remove stigma and fear. 


Mask making kits will be delivered to as many people as possible with supplies to make 20+ masks with instructions on how to safely distribute.



Mask Care Instructions

  • Machine wash your mask regularly, or after each time you wear it.


  • According to the CDC, it is okay to re-wear a mask before washing it, as long as it is not visibly dirty. (Wash as often as possible to be extra safe!)

You need

  • 20in x 20in piece of cotton fabric 

*The CDC recommends two layers of tightly woven 100% cotton fabric, such as quilter’s material or bedsheets with a high thread count.

  • 2 rubber  bands or hair ties


*Optional: Coffee filter, air conditioner filter or any filter for additional projection

Step 1

Lay your fabric on a flat surface.

Fold in half at the center.

Step 2

Cut coffee filter in half and place it in

the middle of your folded fabric. 

Step 3

Fold the top half down to the middle and the bottom half up to the middle.

Step 4

Loop the rubber bands over 

each end, about 4” in towards

the middle from each side.

Step 5

Fold the left and right ends in 

towards the middle, creasing 

at the rubber band on each side.

Step 6

Tuck one end inside the other

end to secure them in the middle.

Step 7

Loop the rubber bands over

your ears to apply mask.




  • According to the CDC, hand sanitizer is not a substitute for soap and water. If soap and water are not available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is recommended.

  • The minimum amount of alcohol content needed to kill most germs, is 60%. In order to do this, stick to a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to aloe vera.


  • Prior to making your sanitizer, make sure your hands and work station are clean

  • 3/4 cup of 99% isopropyl or rubbing alcohol

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel

  • 10 drops of an essential oil such as tea tree, lavender cinnamon, or clove

*Can substitute for lemon juice

  • Large mixing bowl

  • Spoon

  • Funnel

  • Plastic or glass container

You need

Step 1

Mix the alcohol & aloe vera together in a large bowl with a spoon until smooth.

Step 2

While stirring the mixture, add the

essential oil one drop at a time.

Step 3

Funnel the mixture into your container

and seal tightly for later use.



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