This Double Rainbows exhibit honors COVID 19 victims

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Saturday, June 19, 2021
This Double Rainbows exhibit honors COVID 19 victims
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Please Touch Children's Museum's Double Rainbows exhibit honors families who lost a loved one to COVD-19.

PHILADELPHIA -- The family of 84-year-old Ida Robinson, who lost her life to COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic, is grateful to keep her legacy alive through a beautiful piece of artwork created through the Please Touch Museum's Double Rainbows Exhibit.

Robinson, who was born in Virginia but moved to Philadelphia in her childhood, was her family's rock. She worked for years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, so her family said it is fitting they received a piece of art in her honor.

Robinson passed on April 26, 2020. Now a little more than a year after her death, her legacy lives on through a rainbow -- but not just any rainbow as her daughter holds up a painting of a rainbow by a four-year-old.

"A baby painted it. His name was Malachi, and my mother was dear to the Bible," Robinson said.

The family draws strength from the colorful painting they recently received. Malachi has become their angel, though they've never met. He is one of hundreds of children who participated in the Double Rainbows exhibit.

The artwork was purposely intended to go out to families who lost a loved to COVID 19.

The exhibit kicked off in April when the Museum reopened. Any child who comes in can create a rainbow work of art or parents can drop one off.

"It teaches little ones that small gestures can be deeply meaningful and can change someone's life," Please Touch Museum CEO Patricia Wellenbach said.