From This Place
The ability to make a place safe and equitable is predicated on the equitable connection a person or a people has to that place. To that end, From This Place (FTP) engages participants in reclaiming the internal and external spaces colonized by racism, inequity, and whiteness through a genealogical and historical exploration of history and identity. FTP collects oral histories and testimonies from local Brown and Black community members concerning housing and un-housed experiences, family history, cultural moments, and environmental impact. The project translates these stories into staged performances, publications, and oral history digital archives to increase community access to these narratives of race, class, ethnicity, and resistance.
FTP uses conversations, oral history and testimony interviews, and other creative workshops to garner stories from our stakeholders that include Brown, Black, and other community members experiencing poverty or economic hardship. These stories center on their experiences with limited or no housing, family history, cultural moments, and environmental impact. The project will empower stakeholders to translate these stories into staged performances, publications, and oral history digital archives to increase community access of these narratives of race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and resistance.