Funk Rally Lab Coats



The lab coats were part of a larger initiative part of the DC funk rally. The lab coats gave the impression of the scientific community attending the rally in support of health equity and the use of research for the public good. The aspect of color on the lab coats added to the “fun” and “fresh” element of the Funk Rally allowing for the rally to be more lighthearted.

The Project:

These are labcoats inspired by the 60s and 70s for the Washington D.C. Funk Rally held in October of 2020. The lab coats are adorned with flowers, health equity quotes, and slogans pushing the University of Maryland to support COVID-19 vaccine equity.


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What worked?

The color of the lab coat really added to the overall aesthetic of the funk rally and made for good pictures that are then used for publicizing the event and our message.

Other Notes:

The Funk Rally was held in Washington D.C. in October of 2020 to not only mourn the lives lost to COVID-19 but to celebrate the concept of life and ensuring that the living is able to get equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine in order to end the pandemic for all.

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Reflections from Tayyiaba Farooq

What was the process/journey of creating this work?

It was a fun and interesting learning experience for someone that does not have a background in art. I was able to draw inspiration from the art style of the 60s and 70s to create the flowers and color choice of the slogans and quotes used.

What skills or perspectives did the collaborators bring to this?

The collaborators served as amazing models for the labcoats and brought them to life. The labcoats wouldn’t be anything without the people to wear them.

What were some of the responses to this work?

All responses were really positive to the labcoats especially as a larger part of the Funk Rally. It added color to the rally and the pictures that were taken. Adding to the aesthetic and adding to the overall color and mood of the Free the Vaccine Campaign.

What would be your next steps, building on this idea, if you had a million dollars and all the time and skills in the world?

I would create a larger photo mural with individuals who are doctors and scientists who are advocates for the campaign. Doing indiviudal profiles on these people, telling their stories and their motivations will further add color and dtail to the campaign.

If someone else were going to make/use/do something like this, what advice would you give them?

Always plan out how you want to execute your idea before going into the final product. Going through the planning process further enhances the idea to be executed.

About this project
  • Tayyiaba Farooq
  • Maanasa Gurram
  • Manahel Zahid
  • Victoria Carter
  • Alvina Pan

October, 2020


United States, Washington

7 lab coats

Public Domain