April 14, 2021 – May 10, 2021

Images from Breathe No Evil Project cover the walls in the community gallery

The No Evil Project is a nonprofit organization that uses art, humour, and conversation to challenge stereotypes and help people find commonality and understanding despite their differences.

Typically for the project, people pose as the Three Wise Monkeys: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Speak No Evil. They pick three labels that describe themselves, and write a good thing they’ve done to challenge negative stereotypes people may have about those labels.

At the start of the pandemic, we noticed that even though wearing face masks helps protect yourself and others, it caused philosophical division. In addition, since masks are associated with criminals, wearing them made people feel uncomfortable, and due to stereotypes, people of color wearing them feared for their safety. Other biases brought on by the pandemic resulted in discrimination and violence towards people of Asian descent.

So we wanted to normalize wearing masks, but with the pandemic, our traditional method of getting large groups of people together and having them touch their faces wasn’t… ideal. The solution: Breathe No Evil, a simplified COVID-19 themed version of the project. This time, people take selfies, and with just one of the poses: Cover your mouth (and nose), but with a mask.

Explore these stories to see how people of all kinds are helping their friends, family, and community, and are coming together for the common good by protecting each other with the simple act of wearing a mask.

English Exhibition Page
Vector map for Breathe No Evil Monkey Logo

Be a part of the art

Want to be featured in the exhibit? Just take a selfie wearing a face mask at home, in front of your favorite venue, in front of a selfie spot at the Fitchburg Art Museum, or anywhere you like, and submit it through the website along with your personal narrative. 

Submit your selfie


Wednesday – Friday 12pm – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm
1st Thursday of the month 12pm – 7pm



Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone 978.345.4207


Click Here
Translate »