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Zoe Sullivan

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19 November 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Bringing the community into conversations about commemoration opens new ways to present public history. The Paper Monuments project in New Orleans asked residents to draw monuments that they would like to see replace ...

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Sarah Holder

5 November 2019

Eureka, California, United States

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In October of 2019, the city of Eureka, California returned stolen lands to the Wiyot Tribe, the region’s Native American people. This was done over a decade after a brutal massacre on the land, which is an island tha...

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Jonita Davis

26 July 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Discussing history can help communities heal from racial violence and trauma. Organizations like the Greater Bronzeville Action Plan, the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project (CCR19), and the Chicago Center...

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Stephanie Sugars

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5 June 2019

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bringing people of different ethnic backgrounds together to create art and express themselves helps war-torn societies cope and grow. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Most Mira program helps people touched by the horrors of...

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Elizabeth Pandolfi

15 May 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Creating and deploying exhibitions in response to real-time events can allow museums to play a larger role in community engagement and education. By developing so-called rapid-response exhibits, museums can respond mo...

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Gabriel Furshong

9 May 2019

Helena, Montana, United States

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Earlier this year, Helena, Montana became the first city in the United States to both remove and replace a confederate monument. A group called the Equity Fountain Project will replace the old monument with a public a...

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Sarah Hoenicke

9 April 2019

Jaffna, Sri Lanka

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The Sri Lankan Civil War lasted from 1983 to 2009 and bitterly divided the country into two sides between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Years later in 2012, a literary program cal...

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Max Blau

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26 March 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Contextualizing artistic representations creates more complex narratives and offers an opportunity to educate about historical memory. The Atlanta History Center has opened an exhibition that illuminates the absence o...

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Jake Kincaid

5 March 2019

Medellin, Colombia

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In one of Colombia’s most violent neighborhoods, Comuna 13, lives Agro Arte, a garden and community outreach center. The center works with local residents to turn places of violence into green spaces, dedicating new p...

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Mimi Kirk

4 March 2019

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Towns and cities across the countries have grieved the loss of life due to gun violence in various ways, including temporary memorials like t-shirts and shoes, exhibits, and ceremonies. But in New Haven, Connecticut, ...

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Leanna First-Arai

27 February 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Soil collection ceremonies offer a meaningful way to help cope with and create institutional memory of racial violence across the United States. The Equal Justice Initiative is working to keep the victims of lynching ...

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John C. Cannon

19 February 2019

Malaita, Solomon Islands

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In the Solomon Islands, visiting scientists and researchers have made historical and symbolic amends with the Kwaio people. The tribe, once violently attacked by colonial settlers, have felt the need for reconciliatio...

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Audrey F. Henderson

18 October 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Funded by earmarking hotel and motel occupancy taxes, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission is funding projects focused on telling the story of the regions people and places. Through this process, the Arts Commission...

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Josh Jones

28 August 2018

Germany

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An online German museum is collecting and creating access to the sounds of obsolete technology such as portable cassette players, modems, and rotary phones. Through this collection, the museum preserves a tangible phy...

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Gregory Scruggs

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27 August 2018

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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Untold RVA, a project developed by ‘tactical urbanist’ Free Egunfemi, intervenes in public space to foreground the history of slavery and the lives of the enslaved in Richmond. While work is being done to dismantle Ri...

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Rikki Bird

21 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Dario Calmese’s Black Art Yearbook captures candid portraits of curators, collectors, dealers and other people who support the creation of black art. In this way, Calmese is making a historical record of an exciting m...

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Melissa Petro

14 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The Ghost Bike Project installs stripped-down bikes at the scenes of fatal accidents to raise awareness about the work still needed to ensure safety for cyclists. Project staff also work to correct narratives about bi...

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Allison Meier

13 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Commemorating the nearly forgotten history of one of New York City’s first factories, Jackie Mock’s installation “The Pencil Museum” places items related to the history of Eberhard Faber’s pencil company in outdoor vi...

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Josh Feola

9 July 2018

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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A San Antonio exhibition works to subvert the prevelant myths about the Alamo by deploying the historical record, past Chicano art, and subversive contemporary art.

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Lauren Cocking

3 July 2018

Mexico City, Mexico

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The Fuentes Rojas call attention to Mexico's staggering murder rate and commemorate the lives of victims by staging interventions in public space. By hanging handkerchiefs embroidered with details of a victim's life, ...

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Allison Meier

21 June 2018

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

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The Archivist In a Backpack kit developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill contains the essential elements for oral history collection including recorders, notepads, and thank you cards. The universi...

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Paola Mardo

2 March 2018

Mexico

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The project No estamos todas (“We are not all here”) was founded to call attention to rising rate of female homicide victims in Mexico as well as to commemorate victim’s lives. Artists are commissioned to make a woman...

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Alana Matos

15 September 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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When nursing home staff know about the person they are caring for--their history, family, and favorite things--the ability to care for and connect with that person improves. A new app has created a way to capture a pe...

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Josh Cohen

5 July 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Through poetry, Seattle's Civic Poet collected the stories, observations, and creativity of past and present residents. These poems were entered into a Poetic Grid, an online interface that connected the writing on a ...

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Farahnaz Zahidi

26 March 2017

Karachi, Pakistan

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Collecting movies shot on cellphones, the Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema captures every day life in Karachi as seen through its residents. The films are projected in non-traditional spaces for Karachi residents as well as...

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